professornana (professornana) wrote,

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My bags are packed and I am ready to go. Tomorrow I leave on a jet plane and head home to Texas. However, IRA ended with a bang and not a whimper with a panel that included yours truly, David Gill, Martha Magner, Graham Salisbury, Katherine Hannigan, and the inimitable Gary Paulsen. Though the crowd was sparse at the final session of the almost week long conference, the stalwarts in attendance were treated to a fabulous array of authors. Graham Salisbury did the greatest booktalk I have ever heard for EYES OF THE EMPEROR and told some great stories from his childhood. Katherine Hannigan spoke of the genesis of IDA B and Gary Paulsen took us all home with a rollicking and passionate speech about books and reading and the Iditarod. It was the perfect way to complete the conference experience. Thanks go out to Random House, Greenwillow, and Jennifer Flannery for providing us these marvelous speakers. Thanks to David and Martha for doing the introductions. Special thanks to those who hung around until the bitter end.

I have 2 books left out for airplane reading tomorrow. I suspect I will post again soon.

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