It's a Saturday evening in St. Paul, Minn., and 400 parents and children have gathered for the launch of a new book by author Kate DiCamillo. The event was organized by the Red Balloon Bookshop which, nearly 20 years ago, hosted the launch of her first book.
She told the audience she wrote that book, Because of Winn-Dixie, right after moving to Minnesota from Florida.
"I knew that it was cold, but I thought, 'How cold could it be?'" DiCamillo said. "And I literally — this is true — I didn't have a jacket when I moved here, and I didn't have socks."