With her loyal canine companion Sweetlips, Iva embarked on her very first adventure — to find buried treasure right in her own little hometown of Uncertain, Virginia. Cornelius loved the book so much he read it three times in a row and was thrilled when we told him we were going to surprise Candice at her Book Launch Party. He was hoping he might get to eat some Preacher Cookies like Iva did in the book.
So, on a beautiful sunny Saturday, we headed down to the bbgb Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia — “bbgb” standing for “bring back good books,” “buy a book give a book,” or whatever else you like (Cornelius says, “bears believe in good books”).
bbgb is owned by Jill and Jenesse, two very funny, friendly, energetic friends who decided to open a shop together on the day they met. Hooray for indie bookstores! bbgb is located in a little blue building on a quaint residential street in Richmond’s museum district. Blue and green balloons (to match Iva’s cover) greeted us on our arrival.
Candice read two chapters from Iva to a very attentive group of kids who asked great questions. My favorite: “Has anyone ever stolen any of your ideas?” She also showed us a couple of things mentioned in the story — old National Geographic magazines and a tire record book, as well as one of her hand-decorated writer’s notebooks.
Then everyone got their books signed, asked Candice more questions, and munched on Preacher Cookies, which Iva often washed down with unsweetened Kool-Aid, compliments of her best friend Walser Compton. Cornelius ate his fare share and even got to take some cookies home.
All in all, a great day — it was such fun surprising Candice, whom I had not seen since 2009. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog interview, where Candice will tell us a lot more about Iva and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World!
Oh, on the way home, Cornelius got hungry again so we stopped for a little Southern homestyle cooking. We thought about Iva with every bite. As soon as we got home, Cornelius wanted to read the book again. Of course he’s been talking about becoming an explorer just like Iva. All he needs now is a good dowsing stick.
THREE CHEERS FOR IVA! WELCOME TO THE WORLD!
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