An Unexpected Encounter with Tim Federle, author of BETTER NATE THAN NEVER & Giveaway
February 4th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

How a Special Encounter with Tim Federle, author of BETTER NATE THAN NEVER and FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE,  Led to this Giveaway!

To order a signed copy of BETTER NATE THAN NEVER or FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE or TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD 5446689call Boswell Books at (414) 332-1181

Today, I had an unexpected surprise. I was writing in Starbucks—attached to Boswell Books—when Hannah, one of the wonderful booksellers, came over to me and said, “Liza, come meet Tim Federle. He’s here signing books.”

Blink. Blink. What?? Tim Federle is at Boswells? Did I miss an event? No. Tim was in town visiting schools. I was deeply touched that Hannah thought of me.

After exchanging hellos and a handshake, Tim and I had a few minutes to talk while he signed away. He’ll be attending BEA this year, but not for his MG books. Hopefully in the not-so-distant future, Tim will have a picture book coming out. Details to come. I congratulated him on receiving a Stonewall Book Honor Award and an Odyssey Honor Award (for the audiobook) from ALA. He was at home in his pjs watching the live feed when it was publicly announced. Love that! (Mid-January, I was at an event with WI librarians to discuss and predict which books would win awards at ALA – BETTER NATE THAN EVER was one of them.) I watched the event live too, but not in my pjs. 😀

13414183We talked about how amazing it is to receive those royalty checks – I received one in the mail yesterday for my adult non-fiction book that was published in 1997 through Random House.  Thank you Stuart! (The amount could be used to cover dinner for two, and I am tremendously grateful! It’s amazing to still receive checks after all these years.) Discussing the book publishing process also got a few minutes of our time, sharing a little bit about our experiences.

Tim has a personality that radiates kindness and generosity of spirit. Despite the bitter cold of Wisconsin, our brief moment left me much warmer. Thank you so much, Tim! Now, I want to share that warmth with you!

I have a signed copy of BETTER NATE THAN EVER! (US or Canada only)

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10 Responses  
Jillian Heise writes:
February 4th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

What a fun story, Liza! And yay for Hannah 🙂 This one wasn’t really on my radar until the awards, but I’m glad it is now. Yay for Tim!

Liza Wiemer writes:
February 4th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Thanks, Jillian! Amazing how that one moment completely changed my day! 😀

Sarah writes:
February 4th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Wow! What a a great chance encounter! One great moment for me was when I got to meet Ann Brashares at Next Chapter a few years ago. It was so brilliant getting to meet her.

Melissa A writes:
February 4th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I’ve met some authors I truly admire. Most recently was Wally Lamb back in October. He’s such a warm and friendly person and I have a hard time associating him with the stuff he writes about, especially in his latest novel.
I also met Jodi Picoult in 2012 and would love to meet her again. She’s an amazing speaker and so down-to-earth!

I would love to read this book. It sounds like so much fun!

Betsy Kaplan writes:
February 5th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I was with my brother-in-law and the family when he supposedly introduced us to Yogi Berra, one of the most famous Yankees and a best selling author. I didn’t hear the introduction, as a matter of fact, I thought Yogi was a janitor! Then my husband said, “You just met Yogi!” I couldn’t believe it.

Monica writes:
February 6th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I’ve been so lucky to meet a lot of great writers whom I admire, but the second signing I ever went to for Meg Cabot stands out in my mind – I told her that I loved getting to “grow up” with Mia and the Princess Diaries and how I was going to library school. Not only did she sign my book and pose for a picture, but she signed an additional card declaring me “the best librarian ever” – I was over the moon 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
February 7th, 2014 at 6:32 am

Monica, what an fantastic story. I hope you have that framed or in a place you can look at it often! You ARE a fantastic librarian. The children are so lucky to have you to guide them.

Liza Wiemer writes:
February 7th, 2014 at 6:36 am

Melissa, that is so fascinating because I had the same thoughts about Wally Lamb. Two amazing people to meet – Jodi and Wally!

Liza Wiemer writes:
February 7th, 2014 at 6:36 am

I love Ann’s books. I think they shaped a lot of YA’s childhoods. 😀

Jon writes:
February 14th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I am dying to read this one! It looks brilliant, congrats Tim!

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