Monday, November 29, 2010

The Ultimate Holiday Party Guest List

The holiday season has arrived. And you know what that means—parties and gatherings of all sorts. Lots of fun, lots of opportunities to meet and greet people. So, this started me thinking: Who would you most like to meet at a holiday party if your options were limitless? Keep in mind, though, that some guests (I'm thinking George Washington, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, to name a few examples) would probably attract crowds that might make any kind of conversation difficult. With that in mind, here are a couple of my picks for the ultimate holiday party guest list:

The legendary Ursula Nordstrom--a famous editor. Known for her wicked sense of humor, which would probably make her big fun at any party, she is also famous for her ability to recognize and foster talent. Wouldn't that be interesting to chat about? Also, she was devoted to children’s literature. She edited E.B. White’s Stuart Little (love that book), Charlotte’s Web, Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, and Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, just to name a few phenomenal works. Wow, right? If you’ve read Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom ( or you have any interest at all in children’s literature, chances are you’d like to meet the amazing Ursula Nordstrom at a party, too.

Mark Twain is another guy that would probably be pretty fun and interesting at a holiday party. He popped into my head because I recently read, in the December issue of The Writer, that after trying to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he wrote of the author: “I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shinbone.” I honestly believe that if someone wrote that about one of my books, I would be laughing as well as crying. So, although Mr. Twain would probably be one of those guests with masses of people around him, it might be rip roaring fun just to be at the same party with him. Something tells me he'd probably have a booming voice, too.

How about you? Who would you like to meet at a holiday party?

And speaking of parties, check out all the winners of Kidlit Critterpalooza:

Congrats to all!


  1. I have a list of rock stars that I would like to meet. And SE Hinton and Adam Rex. :)

  2. Wow, think I'll crash your party! But if I had to organize my own party, I think I'd like to have Barbara Kingsolver and Russell Peters. Interesting mix that!

  3. Great choices! And Kelly, I'd love to see that list of rock stars! : )