Patricia and Sid

Two wonderful authors have died very recently — Australia’s Patricia Wrightson and America’s Sid Fleischman both whom I have been privileged to meet.

I loved Patricia’s books. Over the years I have read and reread some of them many times, first at primary school and then much later on … in fact my latest reading of one of her books was last year! My favourite memory of Patricia happened years ago when I fronted up to a bookstore with a bundle of PW books for her to sign which of course she did. One title,was missing – but not for long. Arriving a few days later in the post was the missing title … signed and dated!
Read the Australian newspaper’s obit for Patricia or http://tinyurl.com/ygbzacn

I guess that not too many people in Australia know the American author Sid Fleischman but I met him at the SCBWI conferences in Los Angeles. He was fun to talk with and loved that I came “all the way from Australia!” (he mentioned that over a number of years when we were chatting), just to attend the annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles.

I have been flinging through my computer looking for a photo of Sid (with me of course and I know there is one somewhere) but so far have come up with not an image.
Here is the LA Times obit for Sid or http://tinyurl.com/yljobr4

Thanks to both for absolutely wonderful books.

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