Farewell, New England. Hello, San Francisco Bay Area.

Maybe you've noticed that I haven't been as active on the Fire Escape or on social media lately. Here's why: after 12+ years in beautiful Boston, my husband was offered a new job and we're moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer. We'll be living in the East Bay, close to my parents and sister and near Saint Mary's College of California, where our sons attend and where I've taught a course on children's books for the past two January terms.

It's been a sweet season: we raised our sons here from second grade until the college launch. Our church is my home away from home. As for my writing vocation, the children's literature community here in Boston is nonpareil. I will miss the schools, colleges, and libraries I visit every year. Charlesbridge and Candlewick, two of my publishers, are here. My work has been enriched by New England organizations like the New England Booksellers Association, the Foundation of Children's Books, Primary Source, the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Grub Street, MSLA, MLABoston Author's Club, Associates of the Boston Public Library, and others. My books have launched at excellent independent bookstores like Newtonville Books, Porter Square Books, and Wellesley Bookstore, and supported by stellar libraries, including my very own Newton Free Library. Last but not least, my writing buddies have made this vocation ten times as fun and significantly less lonely. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am sad to lose you all.

For those in the Boston area, my friend Karen Day is hosting a farewell party for me in Newton on May 11 from 3-5. If you're interested in stopping by, drop me an email RSVP and we'll send you the address: mitaliperk-at-yahoo-dot-com. Peace be with you, New England. San Francisco Bay Area, here I come.

11 comments:

Julie said...

Mitali, we will miss you!

Mitali Perkins said...

I know, Julie. It is bittersweet. I will miss you guys, too.

tanita davis said...

Oh, wow, Mitali. I can't even begin to empathize about the difficulty of a move. Having just been moved back from five years in the UK, I have been running into walls (and wondering where things are) for nearly eight months now. Good luck as all the boxes are packed, and the goodbyes said.

On the other hand, really looking forward to your next steps.

Sheela Chari said...

Congratulations on the move, Mitali! I'm sorry I won't be able to see you in the Boston area, but I hope our paths cross again soon. The Bay Area is a lovely place to be.

-Sheela

Jen Robinson said...

Speaking as a Bay Area resident, I'm happy about your news, Mitali. Though I do know how hard it is to leave places where one has put down roots. Still, I say welcome back to CA!

jamie peeps said...

Oh MY! The east coast won't be the same without you, but this is a chapter you want to be near: your parents and your children. The Bay Area will embrace you with open arms, no doubt!

Laura said...

I will miss having you nearby Mitali, but this move sounds perfect and so exciting for you and your family. There is nothing that can compare to living near those that you love most. Best wishes and blessings, Laura Larsson, Library Teacher, Waltham, MA

PragmaticMom said...

We will miss you but SF is such a wonderful city! Enjoy the improved weather!!

Sharon Creech said...

A grand new chapter, Mitali! Best of the best as you move on . . . xx

P. Herron said...

Best of luck to you on both selling the house and finding a wonderful Bay Area one. Sad to leave New England, but you're moving to a great place and you'll in the same area as my daughter. Maybe we can rendevous for tea when we're visiting the granddaughter!

Vijaya said...

Wishing you a smooth move, Mitali, and a quick settling in.