About

I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

Children’s Book Trivia

The Children’s Book Council held its annual Children’s Book Trivia night last Thursday night, organized by the Early Career Committee of the Council. The prize? A golden bunny, and the chance to be known as a know-it-all. Honestly, I have no idea why the awards are bunnies. But they’re cute and golden:

One of my colleagues [...]

Author Event: The Creators of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

On Sunday, my friend and I went to Books of Wonder to see writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer present the first book they’ve done together since…The Phantom Tollbooth…which was almost 50 years ago.
I brought my tattered hardcover copy of Phantom Tollbooth, which has a faded blue dust jacket and I don’t even know [...]

Author Event: THE HELP’s Kathryn Stockett

About two weeks ago, I went to the Lincoln Center B&N to see Kathryn Stockett. My mom was supposed to come with me but she wasn’t feeling well. So I got some signed copies at her request.
One random thing that I noticed while waiting for the author to speak: the difference in paper between my [...]

Mockingjay Midnight Release Event with Suzanne Collins

I’ve never attended a midnight release event of any book, even the Harry Potter books, but I was super excited about this one. Not only to actually attend the event, but to also complete my signed collection of the Hunger Games trilogy!
So what did my evening look like? Well me and two friends from work [...]

Author Event: Isabel Allende

Monday night I went to the Union Square Barnes and Noble to see Isabel Allende speak, in support of her newest book, The Island Beneath the Sea. I had picked this book as a recent Waiting on Wednesday post. I am so in love with the cover, mostly for the texture of it.
The store was [...]

Author Event: Richelle Mead

Monday night I went to the Tribeca Barnes and Noble, where Richelle Mead was there to read, do an Q&A, and sign books. I have only read the first book in the Vampire Academy series but I am definitely intrigued by it. And what a sweet lady! I was quite taken by her. I didn’t [...]

Author Event: Greg Mortenson (Author of Three Cups of Tea)

Last Tuesday I accompanied my mom to see Greg Mortenson. The event was originally going to be held at a Barnes and Noble store but because they were anticipating a huge crowd, the event was moved to an auditorium at John Jay College on the West Side of Manhattan. His newest book, Stones into Schools, [...]

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Last week was the 40th anniversary celebration of Sesame Street. First off, I love anything-Muppets. So does Josh. And at work, the majority of us in our little group love Muppets as well. So, Josh and I, and my friend were pretty excited to go to the Lincoln Center B&N on Thursday night. Why do [...]

Brave New Worlds: Author Extravaganza

Tuesday night, Books of Wonder, the indie children’s bookstore in Manhattan, hosted an author event entitled Brave New Worlds. The authors on panel were  Suzanne Collins, Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, Kristin Cashore, and Justine Larbalestier. Michael Grant was supposed to be there too, but sadly he came down with the flu and was unable to [...]

Happy Cooking: Meeting Jacques Pepin

I don’t cook. The kitchen just frightens me. I’ve baked a babka once or twice and made coconut cream pie twice. Back in high school, I tried to make quiche based off a family member’s recipe (a French recipe) but it turned out really bad cause I had the oven temperature set to like 170 [...]