Two Firsts For Me

I just spent a delightful weekend meeting many hundreds of children and their parents at children’s book fairs in Sunnyvale and Lafayette, California. I was asked to sign so many books that my right hand may have developed permanent writers’ cramp.


Two firsts for me occurred this weekend. Even though I’d signed the books they’d bought, a family asked me to also autograph a slip of paper. That’s my first-ever autograph request (excluding signing hundreds of my books of course). Also, four families separately asked me if they could take pictures of me with their children holding the books they bought. I was honored, delighted, and surprised by their requests. I’d never had anyone ask for that before. Lest you may think such things will go to my head, I keep in mind that each of the characters below received far more requests for photos than me and they’ve not even written a book!


Say hello to some of my friends! Both photos were taken before the start of one of the events.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to Two Firsts For Me

  1. utesmile says:

    That looks so great, your stall with yourself.I can imagine it was great fun meeting lots of interested children and parents. It is so exciting to get autographs in the books from the author, I become like a child when I have that chance too. 🙂

  2. ksbeth says:

    how very wonderful!

  3. Russ, congratulations! You work so hard at this and it’s so well deserved. 🙂

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