Just got home from a lovely author visit at Willow Books in Acton – we went to see T.A. Barron, who just happens to have lived for the first ten years of his life in the town in which I work. A year and a half ago he graciously came to our library for an evening event, and it was such a fabulous evening, with many people coming to hear him speak who had grown up with him or known his parents. Truly the most unique and special event we’ve had at the library, in my opinion. And it was so nice to see him this evening: he’s an incredibly intelligent, well-spoken, kind, and gracious man, and it’s so neat to watch him interact with his younger fans. He remembers their names, he references letters that they have written to him, and he encourages them in their love of reading and their dreams of becoming writers. In this age of technology it’s heartening to witness old-fashioned human connection, especially with books, real books, as the backdrop.