Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rochester TBF 2010 = WOW.

Yeah, WOW. What an amazing time I had this weekend!

I drove up to Rochester on Thursday and met up with some friends for the Rochester Teen Book Festival. We had dinner on Friday night and I learned that what I'd heard was true. RTBF people really do treat authors like royalty. A few months ago, we were asked for five fun facts. Mine were:
1. My favorite food is corn pie. Yes, that is a pie made of corn.
2. I was self-sufficient for about a decade, which means I lived on my own food. (Including corn pie.)
3. I was robbed at gunpoint while talking on the phone at work once, and I scolded the guy for being rude and interrupting my call. That was before I realized he was seriously robbing me.
4. I can juggle two soccer balls and an apple while eating the apple.
5. My first crush was Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H.
So, at dinner Friday night, all participating authors received gift bags. Inside was a gift. When I unwrapped mine, this is what I found.
How hilarious is that? (And yes, Hawkeye now stares out at me from behind my desk lamp here on my desk. Is there something wrong with that?)

I got a whopping 5 pictures on the day of the festival. That's pretty sad isn't it? I should have taken more, but everything went so fast and I just didn't get a chance to get my camera out again. (Read: I was overwhelmed and star-struck.)

Here are my photo highlights:

Riding in a limo with (visible) Alyson Noel, Barry Lyga, Holly Black, Alisa Libby, and Laurie Halse Anderson, who was on the floor taking creative pictures.

And here's a panoramic of the early crowd. I say early crowd because it increased quite a bit during the forty minutes we sat there, answering a few rounds of questions. Some of the coolest people ever are in that picture. Can you find yourself?

Because I was lame on the photography front, I have asked Joanne Levy's permission to use a few she got of me to prove I was there. Here are all the authors in the morning and organizer, Stephanie A. Squicciarini, at the mic welcoming everyone. (Photo: Joanne Levy)

Our HS Humiliation Panel. I want to note that this is a really cute picture of me, which was hard to get with me in pigtails. That's the amazing Lisa McMann (Wake trilogy and upcoming Cryer's Cross) at left, me, and then the insanely awesome Robin Brande (Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature and Fat Cat) to the right. (Photo: Joanne Levy)

This is me heading home Sunday morning, with star in hand and thumb up. (Photo: Joanne Levy)

All in all, this was one of the coolest things I ever participated in in my whole life. Yeah. I'm not exaggerating, either. Not only did I get to meet a ton of cool authors but I got to meet so many amazing librarians and readers. I really hope to go back next year. I even challenged Matt de la Pena to some sort of basketball challenge, which is really funny considering Matt would wipe the floor with me while blindfolded and duct taped to a pogo stick, but you know, who cares? I would happily be humiliated on the court to go back to RTBF.

For more coherent posts on this weekend and lots of great pictures, go here:

Jessie Andersen's Blog

The Official TBF Blog (Go Carly!)

Vivian Van Velde's Blog

Crissi's Blog

Eve's Fan Garden (includes interview with Lisa McMann!)


Liviania said...

The picture of you with the star is adorable!

(Vivian Vande Velde was there? Oh, why was I not in Rochester! Adored her in late MS/early HS.)

Also . . . what is corn pie?

Joanne Levy said...

It really was a great time, wasn't it? And yes, I can just barely see myself in that group shot of the gym - can you see me?

A.S. King said...

I *can* see you, Joanne! An you look marvelous. :)

Liv - VVV is a total sweetheart.
Corn pie is a pie made of corn, a few hard boiled eggs and served with warm buttery milk.

Alyson Noel said...

I had such an awesome time--and it was wonderful to meet you!

A.S. King said...

Wasn't it great, Alyson?
I really wish I would have chatted more with you. Next time we meet, I'm making it a priority because you rock!