What an exciting weekend. On Saturday I had my first Salamanca Market stall of the season, and on Sunday went to the Hobart launch of Lian Tanner's new book, 'City of Lies' (second in The Keepers trilogy, which began with 'Museum of Thieves', winner of the 2010 Aurealia Children Fiction's Award).
In keeping with the theme of Lian's book, people attending the launch were asked to wear masks. I thought it would be nice to make a mask featuring one of Lian's characters and decided on the Brizzlehound, a dog that can appear as either a cute puppy or a fearsome hound. At 9.30 am I was gluing together a mask with a different dog face on either side when the doorbell rang and there was my friend Julie. "Wow, you're early!" I said, "aren't we going at 10.30?" "It is 10.30," she pointed out, "daylight saving started last night." Emitting cries of despair, I grabbed the wet mask and ran out the door. The launch was very well attended with people arriving in masks and even (very creatively) in chains (there are some photos on the official blog, http://liantanner.com.au/whats-happening). Two young readers gave glowing reviews and we all met Lian, who signed a mountain of books. It was obvious that children love these books and are waiting impatiently for the third to come out. Owing to my poor time keeping skills, I didn't get a photo of my finished mask, but this was the prototype.