The History Makers Book Launch Party! July 30, 2017 Gabby Gottschall with her haul.It is not a party without cupcakes.Max Gottschall and his sister Gabby.The author with Walter Shuchatowitz, the founder of her elementary school.Dr. Susan Delanty and Alison Kolinski, two of Val's favorite people from Horace Mann, congratulating the author.VIP sighting! Geraldine Woods, author of 50+ books and Val's high school advisor.Who needs wallpaper when you can have floor-to-ceiling books?Jo Ann Grossman, impresario behind Kids 'N Comedy, could not wait to delve into the Kindle version of Val's book.Caroline Bartels and Phoebe Gennardo spar over who is the best character in the book.The author getting a group hug from two Chicago friends: Denise Costin and Kaesha Freyaldenhoven.Up-and-coming vocalist Hannah Deloe and her boyfriend Kevin Bahr.Aunt Joann Bodurtha came all the way from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to be with us.Richie Jansen, childhood friend of author's dad, Stephen Bodurtha.Val's mom never steps out without the one in the middle. Which one are you?The author with her two collaborators on "Upper West Side Story," a musical that ran 3 nights.Ali, 3 Manns and Phoebe GennardoAlex, Phoebe, Teo and Val.Ruth & Zev Seligman and David Gale of Simon & Schuster.Working tirelessly to get Paul Giamatti his due, Sophie Mann and Rebecca Shaw take a well-deserved break, with Val's classmate Charlotte Frankel.Susanne Ottenstein, Cambridge-educated English teacher with Walter Shuchatowitz, founder of BiCultural Day School and Liam Bodurtha.The tranquil lobby of the Library Hotel, where the History Makers Book Party was held, just down the street from the NY Public Library.Max Gottschall with classmate Luke Katler.Sisters Livia and Sarah Mann, with UChicago pal Ali Futter.Val's Business CardsJordan Jaffe of Black Lab Theater busy imagining the action movie he could make from Val's book.Max Samuels, a New York Actor, who maybe can star in the movieOvid's team at the hotel made sure to send the author off with treats for her friends back in Chicago.Phoebe Bodurtha, with high school friend Susanna Lustbader.Hannah, wearing one of our "The Book Was Better" buttons.Thank you all for coming. Here's to a sequel!