We start with my arrival on Saturday night where I met my good friend and author of my favorite book in over a decade, Andrew Smith. (GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE is coming to you next fall from Penguin--you will hear me screaming about it, Posse. Until then, please enjoy the killer sequel to THE MARBURY LENS, PASSENGER this fall and his brilliant WINGER in Spring 2013.)
|I love this picture. My plane was an hour late and I had|
to rush to get here, but dammit I got here.
And then there were doubles.
Once the bartender finally noticed us.
Photo courtesy of Drew Smith and Kristen Pelfrey's eye.
There are always parties.
Sunday was my floor day at ALA.
|Signing ASK THE PASSENGERS ARC with|
Melanie Chang on Sunday.
Photo Cred: Andrew Smith
|Reading on the Live! Stage.|
Photo Cred: Andrew Smith.
|Andrew Smith, me, and Kristen Pelfrey, the awesome teacher|
of the phenomenal Angel Potatoes.
Photo Credit: Kristen and the eye of Deirdre Jones
|Awesome signing pic from Fire and Ice Photo.|
All rights reserved: Heather Zahn Gardner
|Booth Bling: EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS and her stars.|
And hey! Check it out. The Junior Library Guild came around and placed their lovely seal inside their picks and ASK THE PASSENGERS sported one. We had no idea. Thank you JLG! Thrilled to be on your list three years running. <3
Somewhere in here, I did a cool interview about how libraries have affected my life and or career.
When I told Mary that I was a library officer on my local board, she asked me to talk about that.
So I did.
I went wandering around and saw a lot of my favorite librarians wandering around too.
I love having floor time at ALA. I learn something new every time.
|That's the smashing Paolo signing THE DROWNED CITIES. I love that book.|
Next to him is my wicked-awesome editor, Andrea.
The great Victoria Stapleton is in this picture as well. You find her.
AND THEN SOMETHING COMPLETELY KICKASS HAPPENED.
|The conversation we had after this picture was entirely inappropriate and wonderful.|
The word 'vagina' was used many times. Also, other words that might get us
barred from speaking in some state legislatures.
Breakfast with my editor. More floor wandering time. A walk around Anaheim. Then, an amazing dinner before the Printz ceremony, which I was looking forward to since Ellen Hopkins agreed to go as my date.
Here's the one photo I've got of the night. It was posted on Twitter by Corey Whaley, author of WHERE THINGS COME BACK, which was such a phenomenal book Lisa McMann called the Printz Award win when she handed it to me back in October 2011. I read it and agreed. And I am so happy we were right. Corey's speech was awesome. He is a lovely human and I am so glad I know him.
|Corey Whaley ROCKS. That is all.|
Photo Credit: Corey Whaley
|I always take a picture of hotel carpet.|
This one wins.
FTW Hyatt Orange County, CA.
|What happens to people's faces that they require this sort of soap?|
I have never needed to restore my face.
And I bet you a million bucks this soap doesn't really restore anyone's face.
|OH MY GOD. What is happening in that sink?|
Is that lava? What is it? Why would anyone do that to their manos?
My favorite part of ALA?
If I had to think about it?
Is what I love about ALA every time.
All the Awesome Librarians.
Hope to see you all next year. Now, back to the cave with me for two whole months.
Books to write.
Laps to swim in celebration of book-writing.
Have an awesome summer.