*Laurie Halse Anderson reprising her keynote status but on her feet instead of flat on her back behind the podium.
*Sci-fi authors Michael Grant, Tom Leveen, Alexander Gordon Smith, and AnneJarzab
*Nonfiction speakers Tanya Lee Stone, Blaine Harden, and Marc Silver
*LGBTQ panel with NANCY GARDEN (a national treasure), Sara Farizan, Jessica Verdi and Ken Setterington
*Spooky writers (horros): Zoraida Cordova, Deborah Noyes, Kendare Blake, and Colleen Gleason
The afternoon brought Bob Lipsyte, panels on sports, international voices, Ellen Hopkins, and panels on romance novels and females in sports, too.
I am now filled with hope, overloaded with books, and warmed by the collegiality and friendship of my ALAN family. Happy Thanksgiving, folks.