Author, Julia Richman, and I did a reading last weekend at The Deer Little Market, for Katya Cat: The Bacon Chase
There was a certain familiarity when I walked into Deer Park, with a board under my arm, an envelope with colouring-in characters, a sharpie pen, some pastels and what I call my ‘cheat note’ illustrations. After we had located a take-away coffee stall, we started wandering down, following signs saying ‘reading for kids here.’ Under a large pine-tree, we found some blankets that had been rolled out in anticipation of our arrival. I whats-app’d Julia Richman, the author of Katya Cat – The Bacon Chase, to find out where she was.
She responded saying she was parking. While I waited for her to arrive, I phoned the organizer of The Deer Little Market. Within minutes, I was sit up, Julia was quickly revising her speech and everything felt just comfortable. Even though we had only done this once before, at the book launch last year, it felt warming, right and relaxed. We had the books on the table, with a handful of Kit-Kat’s over (the kitty’s nick-name in the book is ‘kit-kat’ so we always have a handful of them about the place) and the colouring-in drawing where spread out.
With the help of the organizer, a large group was forming of children, mom’s and dad’s and we all settled on the blankets. I leaned my board on my knee as I started drawing the familiar face of Katya. Two little boys, sitting right in front of me, told me all types of things as I drew. They also asked all types of things as well. I was well entertained! Julia read through the first few chapters, and the crowd slowly become quieter and quieter as, the story unfolded. But then just as things were getting exciting, Julia shut the book! ‘If you want to hear more,’ she said, ‘we have some available on the table.’
For those who weren’t there to get from the table, I am pleased to announce you can get the book from takealot.com. Otherwise, Julia and I are going to be doing another reading at the Franschoek Literacy festival, later this year. But more about that in another blog post.