A Shiny New Firebird

No, I didn’t get a new car. Charlotte has a new mascot. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is opening on January 2, but right now I’m drooling over the outside of the museum, including the recently installed Firebird sculpture by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

I love the way the orange brick frames the sculpture. I just couldn’t help smiling when I stood next to it. And the light! The light bouncing off it creates these gorgeous constellations on the ground.


I am so totally stoked about this museum. Its big ol’ collection includes works by Giacometti, Miro, Picasso, Le Corbusier, Alexander Calder, Warhol, and on and on. I can barely wait for Jan. 2. For more info, click here.

WNBA – Charlotte


No, I haven’t been drafted to the Women’s National Basketball Association. A group of fellow book lovers have opened a branch of the Women’s National Book Association here in Charlotte. It’s been really interesting to find other book-related folk in town. 

On Tuesday, September 15, we’ll meet for a networking event  at M5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event and WNBA are open to anyone who loves books. You don’t have to work in the business or even be  a woman.

On October 7, I will be participating in a panel discussion at the Morrison Library. It’s entitled From Agent to Author: How a Children’s Book Gets Published. Agent Tracey Adams and fellow authors Quinlan Lee (also an agent) and Lisa Williams Kline will also be participating. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

If you’re on facebook, search for our WNBA – Charlotte page for more information about the organization and about these events.