professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Saturday at NCTE

When I left you last, I had a terrific Friday at the conference culminating with a dinner with Joan Bauer courtesy of Listening Library. She is one incredible person as well as a talented writer. Laughter reigned up and down the table as we ate pasta and lots of chocolate. Fast forward now to Saturday with about 4 hours of sleep. We stumbled out of the hotel, ran into Don Gallo and CJ Bott and hopped the shuttle over to the ALAN Breakfast. I had the good fortune to give Jerry Spinelli the ALAN Award for Excellence in YA Literature and then the nearly 500 people got to hear Yann Martel talk about LIFE OF PI. WOW! I loved that book, and it was a joy to hear the author talk about the genesis of the book and what he thought he was writing compared to what readers bring to the book at the outset and by the end.

Then there was another shuttle and we headed to the convention center where I chaired a panel on picture book biographies with Kathi Appelt, Anne Bustard, and MT (Tobin) Anderson. What fun it was to listen to them talk about the different aspects of creating biographies that bring the lives of people to a new audience. Back to the room for time to read INEXCUSABLE and then off to dinner with Candlewick Press and Don Gallo, Leonard Marcus, MT Anderson, Paul Fleischman, and Alan Wolff at Isabela's on Grandview. And a grand view it was looking out at the city at night with all the lights flashing and twinkling from high atop Mount Washington. Conversation was quick and loud and the 7 course meal was to die for. However, the real excitement of the evening came in a cab that rocketed (hand to God) from Mount Washington to downtown in about 5 minutes (it took 20 to get there) with a crazed driver who I managed to offend immediately. Don, CJ, ALAN and I are fortunate to be alive.

Today is a day off to see family (I grew up in this town) before two days of ALAN Heaven. More later...
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