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May has been book festival month. My friend Kitty talked about “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” in Berkeley and in Pasadena.
At the Bay Area Book Festival, Kitty appeared with Marissa Moss who has written TWO books about the Pinkerton Detectives. Since I’m a girl detective, Kitty and Marissa helped the audience of kids solve a real-live murder mystery that happened right down the street in Berkeley.
Last weekend, it was LitFest Pasadena where Kitty appeared on a panel with a whole bunch of really great writers to talk about middle grade novels.
The book about me, “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” is a pretty big deal. My friend Kitty Felde told the (mostly) true story of how I figured out the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill. And this weekend, Kitty and artist Imelda Hinojosa will be signing copies of the book! Hope you can come say hello!
Sat. March 30, 2:30 pm – Author Talk and Book Signing of “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.” Veteran public radio reporter Kitty Felde turned her years of covering Capitol Hill into this witty mystery that goes behind the scenes in Congress. Free. Children’s Book World 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 559-2665, or email@example.com.
Mon. April 1, 6:00 pm – Author Talk and Book Signing of “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.” Veteran public radio reporter Kitty Felde turned her years of covering Capitol Hill into this witty mystery that goes behind the scenes in Congress. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA (626) 449.5320, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You probably already know this if you’ve read about it in Kitty’s book, but my favorite important person in the world is Sonia Sotomayor. In case you don’t know, she’s a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. I got to see her “on the bench” one time. (That’s what Papa says they call it when the justices listen to arguments about a case.)
It was great! Except that all the big, bald lawyers sat in front of me and it was hard to see.
She sits over near the end because she’s only been on the Supreme Court ten years which sounds like a long time, but I guess not at the Supreme Court. She wears jangly bracelets just like me! I dressed up like her for Halloween last year. I used Papa’s broken sunglasses and a graduation gown I borrowed from the lost and found box at school and lowered my voice really deep. I got a lot of candy.
My Abuelita also loves Justice Sotomayor. We’re going to go listen to what they call oral arguments as soon as it’s spring break. I can hardly wait!
Anyway, there’s this gigantic painting of her and all the other lady justices in the National Portrait Gallery. You should go see it!
So my friend Kitty Felde writes about how I met my favorite dog in the world Senator Something in her book about me “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.” It all happened right here in this dumb little park across the street from the Rayburn and Longworth House office buildings. It’s dumb because all it has is picnic benches and scrubby little trees and it’s usually too hot or too cold to hang around there. But some of the staffers go there to smoke and make private phone calls and some of the dogs who hang out in congressional offices go there to do their poop business.
That’s how I met the big orange dog named Senator Something. (He’s called that because his owner, Congresswoman Mitchell, wanted to name him after her favorite U.S. Senator, but she couldn’t decide which one, so her staff called him Senator Something until she made up her mind. But she never did, so his name is Senator Something.