airport bookshop happiness (updated)

On our way to Adelaide way back when, I checked out the bookshop at the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney.


Lo and behold, there were multiple copies of Magic’s Child. Woo hoo! I’ve never seen one of my books in an airport bookshop before. But even better there were books by Maureen Johnson and David Levithan and Garth Nix!!! All friends of mine.

And now looking at the photo I see there are books by Jack Heath (who I met at Reading Matters in Melbourne) and Melina Marchetta (who we house swapped with) and Sonya Hartnett (who I briefly met at Reading Matters). So not only is one of my books in an actual airport bookshop, it’s there with books by people I know and adore who are amazing writers. Woo hoo!!!

Yes, it is very sad what gets writers excited.

Update: Wow. That was quick. Someone just emailed to say they can’t tell which book is which.

Here’s a closer look:


From right to left left to right. Sonya Hartnett’s Forest, Jack Heath’s Remote Control, and Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Then there’s Magic’s Child and David Levithan’s Are We There Yet?. And, last but definitely not least, Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road above many Garth Nix books.


  1. The Bibliophile on #

    Wait, you’re friends with Garth Nix too?!

  2. Justine on #

    Of course I know Garth! Australia is a teeny tiny country. We all know each other.

  3. capt.cockatiel on #

    Is that “The Dream Merchant” I see being all long-bookish and generally taking up lots of space? I love that book!

  4. Mary S. on #

    I didn’t have any trouble spotting them at all. I picked up on the sunset-and-clouds coloring of the spine on Magic’s Child. It’s really got a lovely, eye-catching spine.

    When I have my glasses off, I can’t see lettering at all (or any other detail–the whole world is a chaos of multi-hued blur), so I’ve learned to recognize books by color. 🙂


  5. Gabrielle on #

    You know so many cool authors. You’re married to Scott Westerfeld, for fudge’s sake.

  6. The Bibliophile on #

    I *love* garth’s books. Do you know Markus Zusak as well? I think it’s amazing that all of my favorite YA authors know one another.

  7. Dess on #

    From right to left… isn’t it going left to right?

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