I’ll be busy at the New York SLMS conference, hanging with awesome librarians, and (rumor has it) picking up the Knickbocker Award, which I am stoked about.
Details and pics later, I promise.
Be sure to squeeze in some poetry today and make time to hug a librarian!!!!
So do me a favor today.
Read Deb Heiligman’s post about the LA Times Book Prize and Festival & the power of childrens’ literature and missing her mom.
Deb is one of my bestest friends, which means I am now going to call and yell at her and thank her in the same breath for making me cry.
It might be one of the best blog posts of the year.
::reaches for hankie and phone::
It is snowing outside right now.
No, I’m not kidding.
This is why I haven’t transplanted my seedlings yet.
The MORE half-marathon was a blast, despite several hours of torrential downpours. We ran. We conquered.
We got our bling!
(More pics of the race.)
I’m headed to catch the train home. When I get there, I’ll be participating in a Second Life Virtual Author Visit from 8 – 9 pm EST.
Hang with Laurie: Virtual Author Visit with Laurie Halse Anderson
Hang with Laurie Halse Anderson in the Bookhenge on USDLC’s beautiful
Star Island for a conversation about her books, her writing, and new
projects. She’s just as cool virtually as actually.
WHEN? Monday, April 26, from 8 to 9 pm ET.
WHERE? Bookhenge at
(Second Life browser will open if it’s installed on your computer)
or join us on UStream at www.bookosphere.net
Contact Cris Crissman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Gotta hop! Bye!
Are you ready for my BIG NEWS?
This is officially a Big Freaking Deal. As in, I hyperventilated when I heard. The Carnegie is the equivalent of the Newbery Award in the UK. Take a look at the other authors on the list. Neil Gaiman! Terry Pratchett! Julie Hearn!! I am agog to be in their company.
I am agogging still in New York City. Yesterday was Penguin Day, which included meetings and lunch with my Viking editor, Joy,
who wins the Most Organized Editor in New York Award, hands-down.
I also spent a big part of the day with my daughter, Stef,
who will be running in the half-marathon with me tomorrow.
We got shirts!
And now I will scurry about and try to get more work done before the giant pre-race pasta fest with Deb Sloan and her running crew.
P.S. Yes, that is the British paperback cover of CHAINS, above.
P.P.S. Congratulations to one of my favorite bookstores, Wild Rumpus Books, for being named the best children’s bookstore in Minneapolis!