professornana (professornana) wrote,

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ALAN begins

We are off and running with the 2007 ALAN Workshop. Sherman Alexie kicked us all off this morning with a touching and often hilarious presentation. Thanks to the fabulous Victoria Stapleton, I had the chance to shake his hand and tell him how much I adored the book and his speech at the NBA (Laurie Halse Anderson had a link from her blog). Chris Crutcher followed with a deeply emotional talk about censorship. Not fair to make us all cry in the morning, Crutcher! Now we are ready for coffee and bathroom breaks before coming back to listen to a host of other speakers. It is a jam packed program, folks. Make plans now to come to San Antonio in 2008 for ALAN and NCTE.

Here is a photo of the resident teens at my house, my band geeks, Corrie and Natalie.

Edited to add...

The break out sessions were cut short due to time crunch. So, the session Daria Plumb, Mary Arnold, Bonnie Kunzel and I planned was 35 minutes long (not 10 more we expected). Booktalks became book blurbs as we raced to finish in time for lunch. We had an appreciative and SRO crowd. Lunch was rushed as well. Now we are enjoying a panel with Cecil Castellucci, Holly Black, Sara Ryan, Jo Knowles, and Ann Angel with Helen Frost yet to come before the end of the day. I love ALAN!

Edited again to add:

The final panel today was on humor. Hosted by David Gill (and how I wish I had snapped a photo of him in his hat) with Deb Garfinkle, Pete Hautman, and David Lubar. Nice way to end the day with Lubar making us groan, chuckle, guffaw, and laugh!
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