Instead of writing a blog today…

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!!!!

Meet Me at Second Life – TONIGHT!

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

Contact Cris Crissman at for more details.

Gotta hop! Bye!

Can You Stand Even More Excitement?!

::cues drummers::

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!