Sunday, July 08, 2012

After Hours at ALA


The American Library Association (ALA) Conference is way extensive. If you don't believe me, look here and here.


So what does one do after they've conquered the conference floor?
(Photo courtesy of Roxyanne Young!)

Simple. They collapse.

(Above: San Francisco Librarian Carla Kozak naps with her favorite Peep.)

FunCarlaFact #1: She was on the Newbery committee that selected one of my favorite books as the winner, WALK TWO MOONS.


FunCarlaFact#2: She gave "Cousin Carla" to me. You can see Cousin Carla co-starring in this video.

(Disclaimer: No actual Peeps were injuring in the making and/or microwaving of this video.)

Now, even though everyone is exhausted after a full day of conferencing, there's not much time to recharge because the evenings are full of parties!

Scholastic had their annual ALA Family Dinner at a tres chic restaurant a couple of miles down the road. I opted to drive rather than board the bus Scholastic had rented. Only, I got stuck in traffic . . .


So I texted my pal Dan Santat to see if everyone on the bus was as frustrated with the traffic as I was . . .


That's when I learned that the "bus" was a Hummer limo!!!

Since I beat the limo to the restaurant, Peeps and I checked out the place . . .

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Then the limo arrived . . .

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The party began with much mingling . . .


Celebrating new books and old friends were Publicity and Marketing V.P. Tracy Van Straaten with author/V.P. & Editorial Director David Levithan, and author/V.P. & Executive Editor Andrea Davis Pinkney, who was on the TODAY show not too long ago . . .

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Eisner Award winner Raina Talgemeier was there, and so was debut author Sharon Cameron with author/Executive Editor Lisa Ann Sandell . . .

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THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET author/illustrator/Caldecott winner Brian Selznick was WONDERSTRUCK by book flyers a fan made of his book, and NY TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater mistook Peepy for a snack . . .

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Director of Library and Educational Marketing, John Mason hung out with authors Wendy Shang and Sharon Flake; and the Scholastic team who pulled the evening together included Candace Green and Emily Heddleson . . .

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Everyone was talking about Trent Reedy's" moving speech at the conference; and it's always wonderful seeing Caldecott medalist Allen Say . . .

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Lori Benton, VP and Group Publisher, Trade Publishing, welcomed everyone, and then it was time to eat!

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By the way, is it just me or does everyone else notice an onslaught of author/editors???!!!

Peepy approved of the menu and was pleased to be named #1. What a wonderful conference!!!

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In other news, look who's on the cover of the South Pasadena Library local authors brochure!


(Hint: It's me!)


Here's my American Girl, Ivy Ling doll from GOOD LUCK, IVY. She's all ready for Comic-Con and so am I!

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(Ivy is wearing her Batgirl costume in honor of Max from my book WARP SPEED. And can you see what's on the table? Yes! Leonard Nimoy wrote that to me!!!)

Sunday, July 15 - COMIC-CON Panel - HEROES FOR THE MIDDLE-GRADE READER (AND YOU, TOO!): Middle Grade Books That Will Rock Your Socks Off, Sunday, 2:45p.m. - 3:45p.m., Room: 5AB
-- Get heroic with authors Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar series), E. J. Altbacker (Shark Wars series), Cornelia Funke (Ghost Knight), Lisa Yee (Warp Speed), Brandon Mull (The Beyonders series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa series), Emily Janice Card (Laddertop Vol. 1), and Derek the Ghost (Scary School), as they converse with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Group Signing -- Autograph Area AA9

July 27 - South Pasadena Library Writing Workshop for Kids

July 30 - Once Upon a Time Bookstore - Get Your Pens Out Writing Club


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