Georgetown Book Festival

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Table display for Celeste and the Giant Hamster

Table display for Celeste and the Giant Hamster

As hard as it was to pull myself away from Caplin for a whole day, I spent this past Saturday at a book festival in Georgetown, Texas. It’s coming up on the holiday season and it seemed like a good idea to get Celeste and the Giant Hamster out in the public eye. This is the first book festival I’ve ever attended, either as an author/participant or as library patron, even though I am an avid reader. I paid my twenty bucks and got my own table, shown above.

Sadly, the book festival people refused to allow Caplin to come, even for an hour or so, to entertain the festival goers. That was a mistake on their part because Caplin would have really livened up the place! Instead I had to use some stand-up cut-outs of him as surrogate capybaras. (I got the standups made at PartyStandups.com. If you’d like a Caplin standup, drop me a comment and let me know what photo you’re going to use so I can send you the full resolution image.)

The real Human Celeste and the fake Caplin Rous

The real Human Celeste and the fake Caplin Rous

That worked out okay but what I didn’t realize is that I should have marked each of the three stand-ups–one of baby Caplin, one of Caplin at four months and one of adult Caplin–as all being life-sized. Instead I had to tell everyone that when they came up to my desk. Maybe that actually worked better because it was fun to see their expressions of astonishment. (Although they would have been even more astonished by the real Caplin Rous.)

Celeste, my granddaughter and the impetus for writing the book, came and spent a little time with me. But mostly she went to the other book festival activities like the magic show and story-telling. She and the other kids seemed to have a great time. But the meet-the-authors part of the festival was tucked away in a room upstairs and there were no activities up there. For example, a live capybara activity would have been great. Or they could have just had short book-readings. Or they could have had authors talking to kids about what it is like to write.

But, alas, the meet-the-authors section was not well attended. Nevertheless, I had a great time. I met some interesting people, gave out a lot of cards for this blog, talked about capybaras to everyone, and had interesting discussions with some of my fellow authors.

I also gave away many copies of the capybara coloring pages and some kids even colored them at my table (I colored two myself!). If you colored one of the pages, please send me a scan of it to post here, you can use the Contact tab on the left sidebar. It would be great to see your artistic endeavors.

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The Meet-the-Authors room at the book festival.

And I learned that Georgetown, Texas has a totally awesome library. It has wonderful open stacks, great art in the hallways and sculpture outside, an actual café in the library with great food. But the best part is the children’s section. It has a South American jungle theme with murals painted on all the walls.

Mural including a capybara in children's section of Georgetown library

Mural including a capybara in children's section of Georgetown library

Please notice the capybara peeking out of the grass near the bottom left corner. How great is that? Of course, whoever painted it had no idea how large capybaras are because that one would be a midget. Or maybe the jaguar is a giant. Or maybe nothing is drawn to scale. At any rate, I would love to do a book reading / capybara encounter and have Caplin in front of that mural. I donated a copy of the book to the library and gave them one of Caplin’s cards. Hopefully they’ll contact me about it.

8 comments to Georgetown Book Festival

  • Martin

    Would it be possible to obtain one of the stand-up cut-outs
    (preferably the one with Caplin as a baby)
    ???

    I’d happily pay for it (and for the shipping costs, of course)
    (maybe you could let him touch it, so I’d have a de-facto Caplin autograph… ;)

    p.s. This may be my first post, but I am a long-time fan, one of the “silent majority” types that has been there from the very beginning of Caplin’s virtual life.
    I’ve read every blog entry, watched every Youtube clip (many of them numerous times – I check at least once a week for new entries), read the book, followed the numerous links…
    Except of Twitter and Facebook, I’ve connected with Caplin in every way possible – and that includes constantly forwarding videos, giving the book to friends as a birthday present and generally planting the seed for increased love for the capybara throughout humanity…
    Call me capy-obsessed if you will :)=
    (I have several of the too few books on capys, several of the too few plush versions, hundreds of capy pictures and videos on my PC, regularly visit the local zoo and other capy homepages, keep annoying friends and family with my excessive love for capys, and have even written a few capy stories of my own)

  • Alex

    Martin,
    you are even more crazy then I am :) I have a few stories written about capys, I have many pictures and just one plush capybara :))

    Melanie,
    I keep watching your and Caplin every step. Do you plan to publish a new Caplin calendar for 2010?

  • Martin

    But Alex, if you are who I think you are (Rezoner – or as Caplin says: The Russian Stalker), then you have one major advantage over me: You have physically touched Caplin…
    That makes me very, very envious – believe me. I’ve never touched a capy yet – but then again, I might not be able to stop cuddling him if I ever got started…
    :)=

    p.s. That’s supposed to be a rodent smilie
    :)B works as well

  • Martin

    No, it doesn’t, because the site automatically transforms them into graphic smilies
    I’ll add spaces in-between to better depict what I mean

    : ) =
    or
    : ) B

  • Caplin Rous

    I just put a calendar up on CafePress: http://www.cafepress.com/CaplinRous.417429026. Let me know what you think.

  • Caplin Rous

    I like your rodent smiles. Although my enormous teeth do not really stick out of my mouth. I keep them well hidden most of the time.

  • Alex

    Martin,
    yes, you should be envious. Caplin is unbelievable, I was so happy that I can not describe it: just a pure happiness.
    But he is very self-restricted, he would not allow you to pet him for a long time.

    Caplin, I looked at the calendar, it is as beautiful as always. I laughed at some pitures, so cute you are :) I’m ordering now.

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