Earlier this month – the week of my birthday, in fact – I learned that Philip Pullman is writing a new trilogy, The Book of Dust. The first of the three books will be published on October 19 – my Lyra’s birthday. Naturally I am over-the-moon excited about this.
A few friends and fellow librarians asked if I was going to write to the author (or his publicist), and I thought sure, why not, and then I remembered he was on Twitter. And then this happened:
“Give my pre-emptive birthday greetings to Lyra!” This is definitely going in the scrapbook.
(Also, I cannot believe it didn’t occur to me to look up who else shared her birthday until she was already over a year old.)