Yesterday was the first day of Autumn. It was still hot, but you could see signs of fall if you looked for them.
In the afternoon I went down to the National Book Festival on the mall. I had just talked up the Festival to two days of classes and wanted to see for myself what the scene was like. I hadn't been down for it in quite a while. It was a pretty day, with brilliant blue skies making a wonderful contrast against the white tents.
I listened to Geraldine Brooks' talk and heard some of Jerry Spinelli's.
I had decided not to get any books signed, but I checked out the line for Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was long! Here is the line as it approached his table:
Here is part two of the line:
And part three, waiting patiently on the other side of the path down the mall.
And finally, here is the end! He was scheduled to sign books from 3:00-4:00 and I took these photos at 3:30. The person holding the sign told me that he said he'd stay to sign until 5:30 and expected to get through everyone who was in line in front of the sign. Whew!
I came home and had a very pleasant evening grilling and eating outside with Ben's brother and his family. A cold front was moving in, making the night air cool and bug-free.
This morning we are enjoying wonderful autumnal weather, crisp and cool. Basking in the aftermath of a great evening with friends, I'm anticipating a beautiful day.