Wednesday, August 12, 2009

an author event without the author

Since my book has released in July, I have not done a lot of in-person appearances which is a big bad in terms of book promotion. I'm going to try to schedule some for the fall, but in meantime I am offering what I like to call the authorless author event.

What is this? Well, are you arranging your group's Moon Festival event? Want to have a memorable library event? In charge of the next Mother-Daughter Book Club? Or looking for something unique for your child's birthday party? Well, what I have is an event kit that allows you to have a fun event with my book without me being there!

Thanks to the brilliant minds at Curious City, this kit provides a download-able invite, posters and instructions for the journey-like game all based on WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Participants get to play the role of Minli, mirroring her quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. They are given a bag of tools and as they journey through the room are given 10 age-appropriate puzzles to solve. They solve the puzzles by using items in their tool bag or things they pick up along the way. In the end, kids are rewarded at the end with a mysterious gift. The meaning of that gift can only be revealed by reading the book!

This event kit was recently tested with a Families with Children from China group in Maine with an extremely enthusiastic response. The girls declared it, "Cool, very cool!" and "Really fun, really intriguing, I can't wait to read it now!" This was quite encouraging and hope it piques your interest in having a similar event! This event can be used with kids who have not read the book as well as those who have.

You can download the event kit HERE!


Anna Alter said...

These kits look amazing- Curious City did such a great job!

Rebecca Stead said...

I just (thirty minutes ago) got back from the Bank Street Bookstore, where we bought WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON.

It's beautiful.

This event kit looks terrific -- I'm assuming it would be best if kids read the book first? or would it be fine either way?

Grace Lin said...

Yes, Curious City did a great job!
Rebecca, the kit can be used either way--kids who have read the book get to relive the journey, those who haven't are excited to get to the book (at least I hope!) I hope you like the book!