Yesterday started off with the YALSA Coffee Klatch with YA Authors. I met up with some Beaverton colleagues and we sat at table 10 of about 50. This was another speed dating event, with authors rotating about every 10 minutes. We only got about 10 authors, but WOW, we got some good ones:
Mariko & Jillian Tamaki of This One Summer
Andrew Smith who was promoting The Alex Crow
Leigh Bardugo talking about Six of Crows
Marissa Meyer talking about Winter
When it was over, I dashed out to get to Andrew Smith’s book signing & got a copy of his sequel to Winger, entitled Stand-off. The I went to watch the parade. I didn’t stay for the whole thing because I was too short to see much and then the crowd was starting to get to me. I don’t really enjoy crowds.
The real highlight of the day were the speeches at the Newbery Caldecott banquet. TEARS!!!!
Dan Santat, who won the Caldecott for The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimagnary Friend.
That man moved the crowd with his soul-baring honesty. If you have a chance to read or listen to his speech, please do so. I am teary-eyed now. I bet you will see yourself in what he has to say.
He was followed by Kwame Alexander,who won the Newbery for The Crossover.
He essentially gave a spoken word performance that was breathtakingly beautiful.
Today will be mundane after all that. My first stop is the on site post office where I will ship books home. I hope the line isn’t too long.