Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg: 2019 National Book Festival

Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg: 2019 National Book Festival


>>Carly Mitchell: Good
morning, everybody. My name is Carly and
I am the president of the Junior League
of Washington. And the Junior League
is an organization of women whose focus on
improving our community and developing the
potential of women. This is our 107th,
that’s a really long time, year of service working in
DC and for the past 20 years, we focused on literacy. Why? Because, we, like you guys,
all really, really love books. So we are so excited to partner
with the Library of Congress and have done so for 17 years
at the National Book Festival. That’s over 6500 volunteers
and 42,000 hours of working at the Book Festival which
is a ton and ton of fun. So we hope that you guys
have a wonderful day today. It is the best party for a lot of booklovers like
me and like you. So let’s give you some
time to talking hear from your favorite
authors like this morning and have a great wonderful
day at the Festival.>>Christina Barron:
Good morning. Welcome again to the
National Book Festival. I’m Christina Barron. I’m the Kid’s Post Editor at
the Washington Post which is one of the charter sponsors
of this event. I’m here to introduce Jon
Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, who have collaborated
on a book called –>>Yes.>>Christina Barron: Give
them a round right now, yes, absolutely.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, yeah.>>Steven Weinberg:
Yeah [applause].>>Christina Barron: Yey!>>Jon Scieszka:
More, bigger, bigger. Really, really, yeah, wooh!>>Steven Weinberg: Oh, okay. That’s enough.>>Christina Barron: They’ve
collaborated on a book called “AstroNuts, Mission
One, The Plant Planet.” That’s a mouthful. In addition to sharing the
credit for this new book, they also share a few relatives. You might want to
ask them about that. Today is a homecoming
for Steven. He grew up in Washington,
in Bethesda. As a kid, he loved drawing
and reading the comics in the Washington Post. Steven has written and illustrated several
children’s books including “Fred and the Lumberjack,” an early
reader story about a friendship between a beaver
and a lumberjack. And “You Must be this Tall,”
about friends who want to ride a roller coaster
but one is just too short. Jon has written a few
things you might know. He started out by turning
a fairy tale on its head in “The True Story of
the Three Little Pigs.” That was 30 years ago. Yes, clap for that one.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh, yeah. Nice, Jon.>>Jon Scieszka:
Thirty years ago.>>Christina Barron: That’s
a good one [applause].>>Steven Weinberg: Wow, yikes.>>Christina Barron:
It was 30 years ago. A little while later came
“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.” Yes, you know that
one [applause], which won the Caldecott
Honor, by the Way. But then, Jon really
got going after that. He wrote the “Time
Warp Trio” series, 16 books about three
time travelling boys. And “Truck Town,” 13 early
reader and picture books on which he brought
trucks to life. More recently, a kid genius
was at the center of six “Frank Einstein” books.>>Woo hoo!>>Christina Barron:
Yeah, you know those. And I could go on. Instead, I will mention that Jon
is making his fifth appearance at the National Book Festival. He first came in 2008, the year
he was named the very first National Ambassador for
Young People’s Literature. Yes. [ Applause ]>>Jon Scieszka:
Thank you, thank you. I would love [inaudible].>>Christina Barron: But today,
he and Steven are here to talk about “AstroNuts,” the story
of four superpowered animals who are part of a
secret space program. Their job is to find
a Goldilocks planet. That’s an uninhabited planet
that would be just right for humans to live on. In Plant Planet, they
explore a green planet that at first seems
like a good fit. At second glance, not so much. The book has lots of humor
and colorful illustrations. But there’s also real science about what’s happening
to our planet. Two more AstroNuts books
are in the pipeline but let’s hear what
Jon and Steven have to say about this one. And don’t forget that they’re
going to be signing books at 10:30 over in that area. So please give a warm welcome to Jon Scieszka and
Steven Weinberg.>>Steven Weinberg: Thank you.>>Jon Scieszka: Thanks so much. [ Applause ]>>Jon Scieszka:
Wow, thank you, guys. We’ve run of time. We’re just going to ->>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka:
No, I was just ->>Steven Weinberg: I was
going to draw some stuff.>>Jon Scieszka: No, you know we
have no time for that, Steven.>>Steven Weinberg: I’m going
to go back to the Festival.>>Jon Scieszka: Everybody
just has to know how to pronounce Scieszka. That’s all you have
to learn today. Everyone scream “Scieszka.”>>Scieszka!>>Jon Scieszka: Weinberg.>>Weinberg.>>Jon Scieszka:
Oh, that’s too easy.>>Steven Weinberg:
Let’s say it together. Scieszka Weinberg.>>Scieszka Weinberg.>>Steven Weinberg: Now
say, “Early [inaudible].”>>Early [inaudible].>>Jon Scieszka: Oh,
that’s about a mouthful.>>Steven Weinberg:
That’s not the same to me.>>Jon Scieszka: Okay. Now, we’re really done. Well so, Steven and I know
each other because Steven and my daughter Casey
are married.>>Steven Weinberg: It’s true.>>Jon Scieszka: So
that, what are we? Son-in-law, father-in-law?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, that’s a normal relationship
in book publishing. Yes [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Right, so Steven does all
kinds of great artwork. My artwork’s not so great so
it’s nice that we’re together. So what we thought we would do
is show you guys an inside peek on how that happens. Don’t tell anyone else.>>Steven Weinberg: Nope, this stays within
this kind of a room.>>Jon Scieszka: Yup.>>Steven Weinberg: Within this
pretty large room, actually.>>Jon Scieszka: It’s
a really big room.>>Steven Weinberg: Okay, so.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah,
don’t tell anyone that guy with the camera, it’s
just a fake camera. Don’t even look at him.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, yeah. But we want to show, oh.>>Jon Scieszka: What
should we show people?>>Steven Weinberg: Oh,
probably about this book.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, yeah.>>Steven Weinberg: Let’s
show them a brand-new book.>>Jon Scieszka:
That’s a great idea. It’s called “AstroNuts.” So everyone scream, “AstroNuts.”>>”AstroNuts.”>>Steven Weinberg: Even louder.>>Jon Scieszka: Kind
of like astronauts but it’s missing a letter
so it came “AstroNuts.”>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, they
had a mistake back at NASA. They, yeah [laughter]. Typos happen.>>Jon Scieszka:
Yeah, typos happen. So we’ll just show you the book because no one else has
seen this thing yet. It’s not even out yet.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
it’s not even out officially until later this month. But you guys –>>Jon Scieszka:
There it is in 3D.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, you
can help with the countdown. You know how this works, right.>>Steven Weinberg: Five,
four, three, two, one. Blast off!>>Jon Scieszka: And this is where the secret
superpowered animals blast off from their secret NASA
lab in Mount Rushmore.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
that looked familiar? I bet you guys didn’t
know that there in Thomas Jefferson’s nose,
it’s actually a rocket.>>Jon Scieszka:
It’s a spaceship.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: So
the guys zoom off. They’re looking for a Goldilocks
planet, like you heard, because things are getting
kind of bad on Earth. You know that, right?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: Like
things are getting weird. The water’s not looking great. Things are heating up. Unfortunately, the AstroNuts
themselves haven’t really been tested yet.>>Steven Weinberg:
This is their first trip and they don’t even know
about seatbelts yet. No.>>Jon Scieszka: That’s why
they’re all screaming, “Aaah!” And the whole book
is told by Earth because Earth is not too
happy that all the humans on her have been messing her up.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
it’s getting kind of warm.>>Jon Scieszka: That
little red line there that Steven drew
going over Earth? That’s all the carbon
that’s in there. Oh no, that’s the
temperature of Earth. It’s going up, up, up. Here’s the fun part though. Every AstroNut has a superpower.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
this is LaserShark and I, I’ll draw you LaserShark
but it’s pretty fun because I actually
drew half of her and the other half is a bunch
of really old engravings that I’ve just been
collaging, put together. Jon, you won’t believe it.>>Jon Scieszka: I thought
you drew all this, Steven.>>Steven Weinberg: No, I can’t
draw that many lines [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Okay,
that’s a lot of lines. Yeah, we’ll show you later
that Steven used artwork from a museum that
gave him permission.>>Steven Weinberg:
Yes, lots of permission.>>Jon Scieszka: They said,
“You can use all of our artwork and just make it your own.” So that’s what Steven did
with like the googly eyes and the teeth on the shark. I think I might be an artist.>>Steven Weinberg:
You can totally do it. It’s just two big eyes.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, show
us how it’s done, Steven.>>Steven Weinberg:
Just like that. She’s usually looking up.>>Jon Scieszka: Okay,
I’ll go back to LaserShark. Wow.>>Steven Weinberg: And you just
kind of add some teeth here.>>Jon Scieszka: Who
does drawing here? Is anyone working
on drawing stuff? Oh, great.>>Steven Weinberg: Nice.>>Jon Scieszka: It’s a good
career because Steven gets like half the money
from the book.>>Steven Weinberg: Actually,
they, it was very nice. They gave me half. I was thinking it would be
like a third or a quarter? Jon’s very generous.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah, I just
thought Steven should have that. Oh, and here’s our other
favorite character, StinkBug.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh.>>Jon Scieszka: So StinkBug’s
superpower is he smells really bad. He leaks methane gas.>>Steven Weinberg: You guys
know what methane smells like?>>Yeah.>>Steven Weinberg:
Actually, yes. Someone yelled it out. You guys know exactly.>>Jon Scieszka: No, but
really methane doesn’t smell. They add that smell
to make it bad. But more on that later.>>Steven Weinberg:
We’ll get back to that. It’s going to play a
very important role.>>Jon Scieszka: So these
guys go to the planned planet but AlphaWolf, the
leader, grabs the controls and guess what’s happens?>>They crash.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah, they
crash land on a planet. And here’s where
illustrators get lazy. They just make everything black.>>Steven Weinberg: I tried to make the whole book
take place in the dark. But no one liked it and
it’s very expensive, all the black ink.>>Jon Scieszka: I said,
no, Steven [laughter]. We don’t even go
into the printout. But they get stuck because the
nose rocket control is jammed. But you know, there’s
always a way to get out of a nose rocket, right? How would you escape a nose?>>Steven Weinberg:
Yes, snot rocket.>>Jon Scieszka:
Snot rocket, exactly. So they snot rocket
out of the nose and they go look
around the planet. So here’s AlphaWolf, he’s
looking for intelligent life. He can’t find any. He thinks it’s all him.>>Steven Weinberg: He
thinks it’s all him.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah. Here’s StinkBug. He’s helping with shelter because that’s a thing
Earthlings will need if they move planets. You draw some nice
tulips also, Steven.>>Steven Weinberg:
I can do tulips too.>>Jon Scieszka: This is
another thing Steven took from the Dutch museum.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: I’m not
surprised that they have tulips.>>Steven Weinberg: I drew a
very small amount for this book. A lot of the eyes and the hands.>>Jon Scieszka: And
then, here’s LaserShark.>>Steven Weinberg:
Oh, archives.>>Jon Scieszka: She’s
looking for food. And SmartHawk looks
for the atmosphere.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, the
plants are not too thrilled.>>Steven Weinberg:
And every book, we’re really excited about this.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, sure.>>Steven Weinberg: This
has, I mean, there’s fights. It’s pretty exciting. And we convinced our publisher to let us not just have a
normal fight when they get into a tussle with the plants. But a giant –>>Jon Scieszka: It is a deluxe
four-color fold-out fight.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
fold-out fights [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah. Oh, that’s worth a
round of applause. Thank you [applause]. That’s just Steven
going bunkers. It took me a long time to
write this page [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg:
That’s right. There’s a lot of
words hidden in. No, there’s no words but –>>Jon Scieszka: So
here’s the real science. When you shake up StinkBug, he
develops more and more methane. Methane turns out to
be very explosive.>>Steven Weinberg:
It’s very dangerous.>>Jon Scieszka: If
you put it near a spark like LaserShark might make,
and that’s what happens. Lots of methane meets
LaserShark spark, boom! So they leave that
planet [laughter]. Things didn’t work out so good. Oh and here’s how Steven
came up with the artwork.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
so all the artwork in here, I worked with the museum in
Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum. They opened up their entire
archives and they said, “Any artist can do whatever
they want with them.” So you can see in
the back of the book, we get to include a little
bit of this where a character like LaserShark comes
from these old engravings.>>Jon Scieszka: You can
even see that shark there. See him up in the corner?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah. And we tried to collaborate in
all kinds of things with Jon and made this book,
the next one.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, yeah.>>Steven Weinberg: We
shared my giant studio.>>Jon Scieszka: That’s
how I type all the time.>>Steven Weinberg: That’s
how Jon types [laughter]. And we go page by page so
you can keep on going, yeah. The, oh, that’s just Jon’s
head on the computer. Oh, that’s Amina.>>Jon Scieszka:
That’s our helper. That’s Steven’s two-year-old
daughter, Amina. She’s our reader. Oh.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh, yeah. There it is.>>Jon Scieszka: And
here’s the museum but here’s what Steven’s
studio looks like when all the pages
are wrapping around. Yeah, I know.>>Steven Weinberg: Right? It’s so many pages because
every page, Jon and I will look at what’s happening
and I’ll say, “Oh, I want to draw a giant
Venus flytrap and a lot of flowers and a crazy moon.” And Jon’s like, “I
want to write so much. I love writing.” I’m like, “Can you write
a little bit less?”>>Jon Scieszka: So we
had lots of pictures and here’s the museum that
gave Steven all this artwork.>>Steven Weinberg: And it’s
really fun how I get to work. You guys ever do collage?>>[Inaudible] at our school.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah. And so I took all
these old drawings by people a long time ago. So you see this wolf
in the bottom right? That’s AlphaWolf.>>Jon Scieszka:
That’s AlphaWolf.>>Steven Weinberg: So I
chopped him up, recolored and then I could do
his fun googly eyes. I just do this part. It’s a lot easier. And he’s got a little mouth and
two teeth and some whiskers. There’s no room for whiskers.>>Jon Scieszka: And then
Steven in the back has cut out the pieces so you can
make your own characters doing AstroNut adventures.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, so all these guys come
from old drawings. I see the next one is
yeah, so that’s SmartHawk and LaserShark and StinkBug.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, there’s
StinkBug up in the corner.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah. Everything in the book.>>Jon Scieszka: So now, this
stuff looks familiar, right? Well here, let’s stop here and
get some questions from people. Anybody have questions? Comments? How much
you loved the book?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, oh,
I got you one on the couch.>>Jon Scieszka: Yes.>>Steven Weinberg: Yes, sir.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, yeah. You can even use the
microphone, if you want. This is deluxe. This is like the
presidential debates [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg: I’m
getting all tied up [laughter]. Oh, boy.>>At the very end.>>Jon Scieszka: Yes.>>Steven Weinberg: Yes. Absolutely [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka:
That’s fantastic. Any other Astro fans? Oh, you can use the
microphone over there. Over here.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: Yes, big people
are encouraged to ask questions.>>Steven Weinberg: Any
questions about anything.>>Good morning, how are you?>>Jon Scieszka: Good.>>Steven Weinberg:
Good morning.>>My students love “Math
Curse” and “Science Verse” and they asked me to
ask you if you’re going to make a Social Studies one?>>Jon Scieszka: I will think about making a Social
Studies one. This is kind of a
Social Studies one.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, we do
a lot of Social Science in here.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh,
that’s great to hear. We love all this stuff and this
has a great teacher’s guide to go with it, “AstroNuts.”>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: Because we love
the way teachers have been using the books.>>Thank you.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, thanks.>>What your favorite book?>>Jon Scieszka: Steven,
what’s your favorite book?>>Steven Weinberg: Oh,
I really like Alexander and the Horrible
or the Terrible –>>Jon Scieszka: “No Good,
Very Bad Horrible Day.”>>Steven Weinberg: I
grew up with that book. I was the middle
child [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Oh.>>Steven Weinberg: A lot of
days like that [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: And
I love “Go Dog Go.” I think that’s one of the
craziest books ever [laughter]. Oh, wait. Here’s
one over here, yeah.>>Are you going to make
more “Frank Einstein” books?>>Jon Scieszka: More
“Frank Einstein” books? Maybe because number
six was the multiverse. I don’t know where to go next.>>Steven Weinberg:
We could do a little Jetsons-Flintstones thing.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, maybe
they could meet in –>>Steven Weinberg: Bring them
all together in the multiverse.>>Jon Scieszka: Although
somebody did tell me we could make a book seven called
“The Void” [laughter]. It should be great. There’d be nothing
in it [laughter]. It’s just, just the
cover, right? Would you buy that book?>>I’m not sure.>>Jon Scieszka:
I’m not sure, okay.>>Steven Weinberg: All
right, that sounds good.>>Jon Scieszka: All
right, good answer. I’ll think about
that [laughter]. Yes.>>How did the nose
even blast off if it fell down into the planet?>>Jon Scieszka:
Excellent question.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh.>>Jon Scieszka: How did
the nose even blast off? It looks like it’s
made out of stone?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka:
And it blends in? But it’s actually a high
polycarbonate [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg: Very powerful thrusters
in each nostril.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah. And the rockets are kind of
like right up there [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg:
You got to access them.>>Jon Scieszka: You
need to do [inaudible].>>Steven Weinberg: They’re
sometimes, you have to pick in those rocket ports.>>Jon Scieszka:
Yeah [laughter]. Well, you know what? We should probably get
into the science of that because you don’t
look convinced.>>Steven Weinberg:
Yeah [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Do you, have
you got rocket experience? Do you make rockets or anything? Oh, good, thinking
about making rockets? You look like a rocket guy.>>Steven Weinberg: Right, nice.>>Jon Scieszka: Maybe you
could help us design another nose rocket?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah, because the nose is
kind of aerodynamic.>>Jon Scieszka: It sort
of, right [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg:
More than an ear.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah. All right, come out,
people on this side. You slackers, get up to the
microphone there [laughter]. Oh, wait. You can ask
your question, yeah.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh, yeah.>>I didn’t have [inaudible].>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, he says
he’s a Stinky Cheese fan. Can you hold up your
book just to show people because I’m glad
you brought that? Oh.>>Steven Weinberg: Nice, thank
you, thank you, [applause].>>Jon Scieszka: Yes.>>I think I’d like to
[inaudible] “A Time Warp Trio.”>>Jon Scieszka: Nice. “A Time Warp Trio”
fan, excellent.>>Steven Weinberg: Nice.>>Jon Scieszka: Do
you have one favorite?>>I like “The Good,
The Bad and The Goofy.”>>Jon Scieszka: “The Good,
The Bad and The Goofy,” also one of my favorites.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh,
we got a [inaudible].>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, nice. Yes.>>Hi, good morning.>>Jon Scieszka: Hi.>>How long did it take you
to finish the book from start, from start to finish, how long
did you collaborate together?>>Jon Scieszka: Wow.>>Steven Weinberg: Oh.>>Jon Scieszka: You know what? From an original idea, it
was like four years ago.>>Really?>>Jon Scieszka: Steven and I thought we should
make a book really fast and it would be crazy and fun.>>Steven Weinberg:
Like a few pages, not.>>Jon Scieszka: It turned
into a really different thing.>>Steven Weinberg:
Two hundred pages.>>Jon Scieszka: Or probably
almost a year, right, from like outline to then
going back and forth?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
it’s a bunch of steps. We start with an outline and
then do every single page in the book, we’ll do kind
of like a dummy version where I’ll just draw
really quickly and then those get refined
over a couple of versions? And then I –>>Jon Scieszka: And then
Steven locks himself away to do the color version.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: We
don’t see him often for big stretches of the day.>>Steven Weinberg: Three months
of just being in my studio and Jon knocks on the door
and I’m like, “Leave me food.” [ Laughter ]>>Jon Scieszka:
Yes, on this side.>>Steven Weinberg: Can I
draw you guys something? I can do that.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah. Draw something. What do we have, like
two minutes left?>>Draw us the Titanic?>>Steven Weinberg:
Draw the Titanic?>>Jon Scieszka: We’ve got
two minutes left, Steven. Make something really nice.>>Steven Weinberg: Someone
said, “Draw the Titanic.”>>Jon Scieszka:
That should be easy. Oh, wait, wait. Yeah, one more question. Keep drawing, Steven.>>You can keep drawing while
you answer this question. So now, I’m kind of fascinated
with the idea of taking old art and whacking it all up and
putting it back together.>>Jon Scieszka: Yes.>>And adding my own
little bits and pieces.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah.>>Did you do that on computer? How would you say these
kids could maybe experiment with that kind of art,
multimedia at home?>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
that’s a great question. So I show you guys in the back of the book a little
bit of how this works. And I also have here, we
have a website with the book, astronuts.space and on it, I
made all these little printouts. So they’re just
eight-and-a-half-by-eleven and it’s all the bits
from the characters where you can print them out
and you can cut on out and kind of collage it altogether
yourselves.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah, so
those two things probably go to astronuts.space and then you
get to download all that stuff. And then go to the
Rijksmuseum or just look up Dutch National Museum and you
can look at all that artwork.>>Steven Weinberg:
So I have all of the artwork we
used in the book. You can skip ahead. I have a couple of slides
of just all of that. It’s crazy. I think I used about –>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, yeah.>>Steven Weinberg: So here’s
300 images for this book. And there’s just
more and more –>>Jon Scieszka: Look
at that crazy stuff.>>Steven Weinberg:
And more that I have in this giant set
you can look through.>>Jon Scieszka: We need
to do a whole planet with moustaches, I think.>>Steven Weinberg: Actually,
that guy Anthony van Dyck, that’s my author
picture [laughter].>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, that’s why
that looks familiar [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg: Oh, Titanic. Back to work.>>Jon Scieszka: Yeah,
go ahead, you’re going to ask your question
while Steven [inaudible].>>Why did you decide for
the rocket to be a nose?>>Jon Scieszka: We thought it like the nose rocket was
just the funniest name. We were trying to think
of other rocket names and then I was looking at
picture of Mount Rushmore where their secret
laboratory is and I thought, “That would be funny
just to say nose rocket.” So over and over in the
book, we keep talking about the nose rocket. And don’t tell anybody else but
one of the other noses turns into a rocket in Book Three. So you guys will have
a sneak, sneak peek. Are you working on
writing books yourself?>>Yeah, we do work. We do projects in our
school where we make, our teachers give us assignment
to us where we have to make like a few years ago when
I was in first grade. We made an animal book.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh, perfect. This is kind of the
same thing Steven does.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: And then you
can just call everything a nose rocket [laughter]. That’s the secret
of being a writer or put Stinky in
wherever you want. And here’s Montgomery, yes. Well, thank you so
much, you guys. And we would like to thank
the Library of Congress.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah.>>Jon Scieszka: Who made
all this possible [applause].>>Steven Weinberg:
Thank you guys, so much.>>Jon Scieszka: All these
sponsors, it’s kind of great. And then for the rest of today,
you can see authors who aren’t as good as good but you know.>>Steven Weinberg: Yeah,
you guys have [inaudible]. I don’t know.>>Jon Scieszka: Be nice
to them, okay [laughter].>>Steven Weinberg: Yes.>>I think it actually
got some kind of iceberg?>>Steven Weinberg: Oh.>>Jon Scieszka: Yes, Steven, the Titanic did not
get sunk by a whale.>>Steven Weinberg: He’s not
going to sink it [laughter].>>Oh but they all
might eat me [laughter]. The [inaudible] is even better.>>Jon Scieszka: Good
historical point [laughter].>>And there’s no [inaudible] like a thorn down
his [inaudible].>>Steven Weinberg:
You guys know.>>Jon Scieszka: It could be like an iceberg,
an ice [inaudible]. You guys are awesome.>>Steven Weinberg: You guys
didn’t hear the whole story.>>Jon Scieszka:
Good [inaudible].>>Steven Weinberg: The whale
was pulling the iceberg.>>Jon Scieszka: Oh. Little know historical fact. All right, thank you, guys. [ Applause ]

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