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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My trip to Peoria, Illinois

Last week my wife and I (and Andrew of course) were in Indiana and Illinois. One of my fans, Nichole (pictured above on the right) spread the word that I was coming to Peoria, IL. I started off with a signing at the Hoerr's Berean Christian bookstore on Thursday night. I anticipated ahead of time that a signing on that particular day was not going to be crazy busy but I still sold 7 books.
Next I had a booth at APACHE Homeschoolers Convention. The event was not very busy but we still sold around 50 books. The best part of the trip was meeting Nichole and her family (who were extremely hospitable). We stayed with Nichole's cousin, Evie (who was very friendly but with whom we hardly had time to visit) and at some point soon I hope to return there and visit some middle schools.

I also got to meet Jay Wile (pictured with me above). He wrote the high school Biology course that I took and I just think his work is fantastic. I was thrilled to meet him.

These last two pictures were taken by Nichole during the Convention.


Adele Treskillard said...

How cool! I wish I'd been there! Looks like a great time was had by all =)


Jake said...

Jay Wile! Haha, I love his work! I'm taking physical science right now, by him and Apologia. :) It's a great curriculum.

Star-Dreamer said...

It was great to have you Mr. Appleton! I hope to see you around again soon. :D

BTW, I babysat for Evie's kids just the other day and her oldest daughter, Kate, just loves your books. She's got dragon pictures spread all over the living room now. :D ;)



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