I met Rebecca Self briefly at the Fall 2009 Squam Art Workshops (where she found Book #26), and was later delighted to discover she'd be traveling with me to Jordan this past March. Meeting Rebecca and getting to know her was one of the highlights of that trip, and her story of "Book Fairying" with Book #61 in Mexico City made my day. What can I say? Rebecca rocks it. Her story is here, and there are a few more photos & tidbits over at her blog.
"I was working in Mexico and crushed when the driver deposited me in the shiny, brand new, glass-and-metal office park where my hotel and work were. I’d pictured Colonial arcades, museums and busy public spaces perfect for Book Fairying. Not to worry. On Wednesday - three days into the course when they already liked me - I sat at lunch with two of the women participants and told them all about the 100 Books Project. They wanted to know more about Christine and her art, the book, all of it. I gave them some of Ordinary Sparkling Moments postcards and they were in on the Book Fairy project 100%! They made big plans for all of us to go out on the town in Mexico City the following night. So, you see, it took a village (and hours in rush-hour Mexico City traffic) to complete this Book Fairy mission.
This is where we went:
The Angel of Independence, in the heart of Mexico City. I love the name of the monument for leaving a book about finding satisfaction and contentment, don’t you?
It was dusk. We pulled over on the side of the circle, “Mexico’s Champs-Elysees,” they said, and ran through traffic to the monument in the center. There were a few couples furiously PDAing as young Mexican couples are so apt to do.
We found the perfect spot. The women told me that this is the spot for girls and their friends to come, all decked out, during their Quinceañera parties. They assured me there’d be a group of dolled up fifteen year-olds there by nightfall. The book would be the perfect gift for the birthday girl…to remind her of who she is and inspire her to do her art, pursue her passions, follow her own way.
My hope is that some newly minted 15-year-old is practicing her English while she reads the book.
And that, my friends, is the story of another book in the 100 Books Project. They’re bringing Ordinary Sparkling Moments everywhere."
Rebecca continues her travels with Book #62 - who knows where it will land!
Next up: Book #60, with a very special Supa-Star Book Fairy!