17 April 2012
We enjoyed a visit this afternoon from James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish. When an author visits to read his work, one probably imagines a stoic, somewhat stale presentation, with teachers reminding students to sit up and "pay attention!" This, however, was not the case with James Kennedy, who read from his work while literally running around the room, shouting and gesticulating (maybe even spitting). He shared a scene in which two characters ritualistically badmouthed one another before dueling, and the middle school crowd ate up the insults. He showed us art about his work that has been sent to him, as well as photos of folks dressed up as his characters. It was an excellent presentation, and one that demonstrated one likely way to get the attention of a market of young people for your book. Thanks to our English teacher Jen Wilson for setting up the talk, and Shelby Bowen and the 5th Graders at Crozet Elementary for joining us for the presentation.