We’ll start tonight’s picture show with the gorgeous smiles of Kevin Lewis and Holly Black.
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But the absolute highlight of the conference was an unexpected, serendipitous meeting with an author whose books are among my very favorites. As I walked on the conference floor, the loud speaker announced that this Incredible Author was about to give a reading from her new book. I sprinted, sending librarians and publicists scattering like bowling pins. (I do apologize for an injury or loss of dignity I may have caused.)
The new book?
It was Her. Francesca Lia Block. She of the Magic Words. Lanky Lankstress. She of the Best Use of Descriptive Language EVAH! Weetzie Bat. Baby Be-Bop. Witch Baby…
After listening to her delicious reading, I trooped along with a horde of fans to her signing, which was several miles away at the other end of the convention hall. Picture Make Way for Ducklings, with FLB as Mama Duck and the rest of us waddling behind, quacking “It’s Her. It’s really Her. Can you believe it’s Her? Omigah, It’s really, really Her.”
And that’s how I met one of my heroes.
Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for many of you to find your fifteen minutes. Think about where you can steal the time as you are falling asleep tonight. Tell everyone you’re going inside to get more mustard, then hide in the bathroom and write, if you have to.