Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The ALAN Workshop 2010

I love ALAN. (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English) I've been a member for about four years, I think. I will try to never miss an annual workshop because The ALAN Workshop is my home planet. And it's nice to visit for three days every year and feel at home.

Building #3 and behind it, the conference center.
This year it was in Orlando--in Disney--or at Disney or on Disney or however one would say it was at a resort that was so big, it took me over 15 minutes to actually walk to my room. I'm not complaining, just wowed. The resort, one of many, was far bigger than the town where I live, so it was a little overwhelming at first. But I was very close to the small quiet pool, which, of course, made me very happy, and guaranteed I got my 20 laps in every day.

The conference was great--the speakers were amazing and the opportunity to do the Lisa McMann/Robin Brande/A.S. King teen-mortification show one last time on Tuesday morning was great fun. And it's always good to run into author friends, too, of course. (Or make new ones!) Most especially the teachers, educators, librarians and youth advocates make the entire show for me. Bumping into people I spoke to last year, and having the chance to meet new people is always the best part. ALAN in pictures to follow.

The 132-foot "jaguar-inspired" water slide.
Self portrait in elevator. Three is the magic number.
The Random House booth at NCTE on Sunday. Vera has 3 or 4 little stars sticking out of her. Cute.

Lisa McMann, 2010 ALAN Pres & awesome guy Jim Blasingame, Me & Robin Brande.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I am really thankful for all the people who have truly supported PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. My Independent Book Store peeps, my RH sales reps, my fans, book bloggers, fellow authors who have spread the word and librarians and teachers who have written to tell me just how much the book means to them and who have told OTHER librarians and teachers...and anyone else I missed in my post-Orlando fuzz, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Now--don't hate me. There is one more picture. It's an important one. You'll still see me on Facebook and Twitter but you won't see me here for a month or so. I've got to finish the next book, ASK THE PASSENGERS. So, unless there is HUGE NEWS I am playing the card:

Have a great holiday season whatever you celebrate. May the force be with you.

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