Yes, that's a new kitten. He was hiding under a bush a month ago, about 4 weeks old. We decided he needed a home.
Also, I promise a real blog post soon. It's been a while.
"From the beginning, Bowie showed an interest in exploring the fragmentation of identity and meaning."
"It was rare for Bowie to embrace clear meaning. The title of one of his most plainspoken songs, “‘Heroes,’” is suspended in a second set of quotation marks, largely to disrupt any straightforward interpretation."
"...his songs should be about nothing, which in turn allows them to be about everything."
"Rock and roll started as a form of enchantment and has become, in large part, another symptom of the banality of our acquisitive society. By persisting in deliberately rejecting reason, Bowie reminds us that there are plenty of reasons to do so."
|With Andrew Smith, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo on night one.|
The next day was E.'s NCTE panel on defining At-Risk and reaching At-Risk students
in the classroom. It was a brilliant panel and then later that night, E. screened her kickass
documentary At-Risk Summer and it was beyond amazing to see it on the big screen.
|I love seeing Laurie Halse Anderson. She is the awesome.|
|Photo Cred: Marika-the-awesome|
Saturday was a long day, but right in the middle was a great event at the St. Paul Public Library
with my brother from another mother, Andrew Smith.
Andrew's book STICK is the St. Paul READ BRAVE selection for next year.
We packed the room and, as promised, donated $250 a piece to Face to Face, which
provides help to at-risk and homeless youth in St. Paul.
|And on Monday, we were at it again at the ALAN workshop.|
My favorite quote from Andrew at this event (slightly paraphrased):
"Reluctant readers aren't born, they're made."
(Photo Cred: My social media accounts are wonky and I can't find who took this.
But thank you.)
|Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer|
See, when I make a speech, I tend to look down right after I'm done. I look at my shoes and shuffle back to my seat.
When I finished this one-minute-long speech, right when this picture was taken, I'd looked up and saw the crowd standing.
I had no idea until I saw this picture that my fellow panelist-idols were also standing.
I can't thank Noah enough for capturing this moment for me.
|Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer|
The Walden committee and the finalists--missing is Michael Williams, who sent
a lovely message to us all from South Africa.
|This is Jim. Jim is the reason I'm a member of ALAN and he's the reason I love ALAN so much.|
Jim roped me into my first ALAN conference as an attendee back in 2009.
I met Jim in Phoenix during my very first book event. He saved me from a crazy book-banner.
|Photo Cred: The Awesome Kristin Elizabeth Clark|
On my last night in Minneapolis, I watched Ellen Hopkins get picked apart by that vulture.
No I didn't.
But this picture was too weird not to share.
|Amy crawling through a giant pretzel.|
|I crawled through it instead, see?|
★ [an] ambitious and affecting work, which suggests that the personal tragedies and trauma we internalize change the ways we see and operate in the world.--The Horn Book
|The lovely people at Johnson County Library put me up in a really cool room.|
Waking up to that airplane every morning was awesome.
Please excuse my dirty laundry.
|This is a (not real) bat in a jar full of (not real) beer. As you can see, there were several of them.|
(If you haven't read GLORY O'BRIEN yet, you are confused, I'm sure.)
My time with the teen group at the library was AMAZING. Not only did they decorate the room with cool stuff like this,
but they asked the best questions and had the best conversations.
|I LOVE THESE TWO PEOPLE SO MUCH.|
These were my two interviewers during the teen section of the program.
Smart, resilient, funny, warm, and just completely wonderful people.
|Calling all Johnson County librarians:|
THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME TIME!
You guys rock and I can't wait to come back.
|Random thought upon seeing this in the hotel hallway:|
Yes. If all cities used such impeccable grammar then the world would be a better place.
|Sunset over the clouds.|
|Epic reading at Let's Play Books in Emmaus, PA.|
| And I don't know how else to say this, but.|
WTF is this?
Does one need to be a boy to want to learn how to make a rocket?
Practical jokes? Girls love those.
Books for boys? I'll just stop here.
Color me bummed out that the world still does this.
|On a lighter note, this is a real sign.|
"Master of contemporary surrealist fiction A.S. King offers a smart and wholly original new YA novel."
|Hachette moved last fall and this was my first time to the new digs. |
The office is across the street from Radio City Music Hall, which looks so boss at night.
|Obligatory picture of this sign.|
|This was my booth for two days. It was fascinating.|
I learned things like: after lunch, this microphone picks up digestive noises I can't even hear.
|That's Chrissy and Charles. They are so boss.|
|Photo cred: Mitch from Hachette Audio.|
This is me with earphone hair.
Which reminds me: hearing myself talk as I talked took a while to get used to.
Note: I talk better if I can use my right hand.
|That's Ask the Passengers in Portuguese.|
And it's one awesome looking book.
Also: that's me right after I wake up.
|I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS BOOK IS.|
It's Reality Boy in Korean.
It's a stunning cover--so hard to tell even from this image.