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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ALA 2009: Roundup

Rounding up ALA with just a few photos for the rgz peeps. The first is a bit of a blur from the Newbery, but how perfect for Neil Gaimen and The Graveyard Book? Right?

We had so much fun with over 90 tables of participants. An elegant evening for certain. I was especially thankful to be there to respect the talent and heart of Ashley Bryan.

Our very own diva Justina Chen Headley was busy on Monday, signing over 200 copies of North of Beautiful in 2 hours. Librarians were squealing and crying in excitement in her line. Seriously.

And then the Printz Ceremony! I have to give it up to our YALSA librarians who are so hip and passionate! It was a fantastic evening of speeches.

The dapper M.T. Anderson was one of the inspiring, honor award, key note speakers.

One of my favorite events of the weekend was the YALSA Coffee Klatch. Before we authors were whisked around the room in speed dating style, we all got to chat together over breakfast ourselves. I nearly dropped over meeting Margo Lanagan as I searched for words of appreciation for Tender Morsels. She was kind and patient with me.

I'll be posting a smattering of photos of new friends and old on my own blog and Facebook if you want to see more. But that's all for now. Thank you ALA for the Annual Conference of 2009!

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Melissa Walker said...

Great roundup! Justina looks like her own cover in that photo (head down, hair shining)!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

So true!

holly cupala said...

Wonderful pics! Thank you for sharing! It's been so fun to see all of the ALA posts everywhere.

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