My Freaky Harvard Gig

Remember that Sesame Street jingle: Some of these things belong together, one of these things just isn't the same?

Thanks to Lolly Robinson, designer and production manager of The Horn Book and professor at the Harvard School of Education, that song has been running through my mind for days.

She's invited me to address her class tomorrow evening, December 9th, along with (yikes) Jack Gantos and Lois Lowry.

Sing along with me, everybody, and stop by if you're in the area for moral support.


Kathy H said…
Have a great time! I'm sure you'll do really well.

That's so funny that you mentioned that song. I was singing it yesterday when I looked at our Christmas card picture. My husband and two kids have dark hair and brown eyes, then there's me, with brown hair (with a touch o' grey!) and blue eyes. But on the inside, we're much more similar. :)
Oooh. Do let me know how it goes! I'll be sending supportive thoughts from Chicago and wishing I could listen to the class!
beckylevine said…
Let's go with the REAL Sesame Street theme/purpose--you belong wherever you want to be! What an honor--fantastic.
Sarah Rettger said…
I get that song stuck in my head from time to time - hope it's sticking with you in a good way!

Sounds like a great class. Have fun in Cambridge!
TadMack said…
Ditto what Jenny says: Sesame Street taught us that blue or orange or a large flightless condor-esque thing, you belong with who you want to be with -- and I'm proud of you for going to Hahvahd. Whoo!
Anonymous said…
mitali you are also standford graduate
Mitali Perkins said…
Hi Mom! I know it's you, so confess!
NMA said…
Having just attended the author panel this evening, I have to say that you fit right in. You were great!
Meghan said…

Thanks so much for coming to our class tonight!

I really enjoyed your presentation, and I think I speak for my classmates in saying that we will be following your career with great interest.

Thanks again!

Mitali Perkins said…
Thank you! It was an honor to be there.
Leslee Friedman said…
I'm staff at Harvard who crashed the panel since my graduate work was done on YA Lit. (And I know how you feel; I grew up in Kansas, my undergrad was done in Ohio, my grad in Kansas. Most days, I can't figure out exactly how I got in the door.)

Anyway, I have to agree with both of the above comments--you were absolutely fantastic, and while I loved what both Lois and Jack brought to the panel, I felt that what you brought was equally, if not more, essential. A lot of the points you made about the events that "burn" and how they shape our story fixes very much spoke to me, both as a person and a writer.

Thanks so much for coming, and I plan to check this spot out pretty regularly in the future!