With the release of my new picture book THE MUKLUK BALL
have been doing a large variety of events around the Midwest since mid-summer,
including outdoor events. As we know, the Midwest region offers a wide degree
of temperatures. One of my first events this summer was at Target Field Stadium
in Minneapolis–in which, I read my book to families in 95 degrees F. Later in December,
I read my book to families at the Holidazzle
event in Loring Park (near
downtown Minneapolis) in only 27 degrees.
If you're doing an event outside when it is hot, it is important to wear sunscreen, drink lots of water, and pace yourself during time there.
When it’s cold be sure to wear fingerless gloves so you can turn the pages of
the book. Keep your presentation short so the audience doesn’t have to sit too
long. Pen and cameras can freeze in cold temperatures too and you may have to
warm them up before you can sign books or take photos. The Norwegians have a
finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær / There no such thing as
bad weather, only bad clothing.” In other words, prepare yourself, wear extra layers
and good boots. “TIP: Weather, like most things in life, is as bad as you make
it to be. Change your mind-set, buy a proper jacket and do not let the weather
stop you. You will feel as happy as a Norwegian.” (source)
I hope to see you at my next event!