Greg Leitich Smith launched Chronal Engine (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) on Saturday with a party at BookPeople in Austin, followed by a reception here at the house. The novel is about three kids who go back to the age of the dinosaurs to rescue their sister and solve a family mystery.
|A fair amount of prep work goes into such an event--shopping....|
|making the bed...|
|installing the shower curtain...|
|polishing the glasses...|
|staging the T.rex...|
|brightening the fireplace...|
|creating a kid-friendly getaway...|
|and assembling the four-foot standees.|
|Photo of Greg in front of the store by Gene Brenek.|
Unfortunately, it's impossible to be in two places at once. While Greg was at the bookstore, I was busy with final setup and working with the catering team from Whole Foods.
|Decorating the table with banana leaves.|
|Moving the sculpture to the mantle.|
|Setting up the buffet.|
|Hooray for Whole Foods staff! (I don't believe in letting guests into the kitchen.)|
|We had leftover shrimp and pinwheels, plus just a few eggs.|
The buffet included vegetable crudites with red pepper ranch dressing; large shrimp poached in a court-bouillon and served with a choice of traditional cocktail sauce or spicy gazpacho sauce, along with fresh lemons, limes and dill; smoky miniature cowboy meatballs (fresh ground natural beef, cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos baked in a savory barbecue sauce); continental fruit and cheese display (peak season fruits paired with cheddar, Jarlsberg, Havarti and Gruyere cheeses, served with baguette and crackers); roasted tomato and thyme pissaladiere (seasonal roasted tomatoes on top of flaky puff pastry dough with caramelized onion-garlic puree and Kalamata olives); garden paradise sushi (avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, carrot rolls and dragon vegetarian rolls) and an assortment of berries, dried fruits, pretzels, sandwich cream cookies and more--all coated with rich chocolate.)
|Jo Whittemore & Sam Bond|
|Bethany Hegedus & Hamilton Beazley|
|Stephanie Pellegrin & Joy Preble|
|Madeline Smoot & Cory Putnam Oakes|
|Jerri Romine & Frances Hill Yansky|
|Judy A. Leavell, Patrice Barton & Cynthia Levinson|
|Lindsey Scheibe, Erin Edwards, Brian Yansky & Frances|
|Sam, Tim Crow & Nikki Loftin|
|Julie Lake & Kathi Appelt|
|Zana Bru & Mark G. Mitchell|
|Jerri, Salima Alikhan, Margo Rabb & Jennifer Ziegler|
|April Lurie & Sean Petrie|
|P.J. Hoover, Joy Preble, Jen Bigheart|
|Kathi, Helen Hemphill, Debbie Gonzales (such a pretty day--the party spilled outside)|
|Denise Schmandt-Besserat & Loriene Roy|
|Mari Mancusi with Avalon & Varian Johnson with Savvy|
|Avalon made a super-cute dinosaur!|
Thanks to all who pitched in to make both events such a success!
Congratulations to Greg on his new release!
|Cat not included.|
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