So, I was putzing around on the internet to check out Linda Urban and read her thoughts on The Perfect Book - which I thought were great. I particularly liked this line:
There is no perfect book. But there is a novel to be written that is perfectly you.
I love that.
Then that triggered a memory: Quite a few years ago an editor, who rarely comments on other writers' books to me, commented that she thought Because of Winn Dixie was "an almost perfect book."
Now, this was waaaaay back when that book first came out - before the Newbery - before anybody knew who Kate D. was - back in the day....
So, Kate was doing a booksigning at a small bookstore near me. I had read the book and loved her writing, so I went to the signing. As I said, this was before all that big time star book stuff. There were, maybe, 15 people there.
Kate did a quick reading from a then-unpublished The Tiger Rising.
When I got my copy of Winn Dixie signed, I told her that an editor had called it "an almost perfect book".
Me (jokingly): "But you know, I will write the perfect book."
Then, because she has a great sense of humor, she signed my book (I have erased her signature - this is the internet, you know. And notice that cute little wagging-tailed dog she drew on there.)
Note to Kate: I'm still working on that perfect book....but, look out - I'm comin'!