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The girl with the straw hat

I had a great time in California for Woodland Reads, where I spoke at a luncheon, a high school, a college, and then the main evening event. But the most delightful part of a truly splendid (and busy) day was meeting Mae Yanagi Ferral and her family.

Mae is the little girl in the photo next to the title page in HOTEL. I found the image from Dorothy Lange Collection in the U.S. Archives, but didn't know who any of the people were, until someone at an event in Louisville, of all places, recognized her. Months later Mae wrote to me and was gracious enough to be my "Ultra Secret Guest" in Woodland, where she signed books and pointed out her mother (behind, to the right) who was very pregnant at the time and gave birth two weeks later.

Then I was off to Seattle for a weekend fundraiser. More on that tomorrow.

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