ALA Weekend

I. Where I’ve Been

II. Who I Saw

Bonus points if you can identify all these Super Famous Celebrities.

III. What I Did

On Friday I took the bus and found myself walking, alone, in semi-scary South Boston around the back of the huge convention center.

Then I went to a panel of authors who had their books turned into films.

And then I went to the exhibitions and scored

1 free glass of champagne

1 free shot of clam chowder

4-5 free books, like this one.

Me, picking up a hardback book: I really liked her other book, I didn’t know she’d written another.

Vendor: It’s the sequel!

Me: Oh snap!

Vendor: It’s yours if you want it.

On Saturday I got up super early to listen to a famous author of a famous book speak. I forgot that I’d listened to her speak via a Youtube video awhile back and was completely floored. She was similarly charming and insightful in person.

Then went back to the floor to gather even MORE free books, like these:

And far, far too many more other than these.

At which point I really could have gone home. Instead, my CHL friends and I went to see the Former Next President of the United States talk about his new book and the environment, and boy, he would have made a nice president, I think. Too bad I wasn’t old enough to vote back then. And then we loitered around the Kidlit Tweetup in the hotel lobby until we got so hungry we had to go to Unos and order food, dessert, and two pitchers of sangria.

On Sunday I really wanted to see Atul Gawande speak, because I have a mega doctor-crush on him, but I was sick. I actually got sick the night before ALA started, and remain somewhat sick until this day. Sleeping in was lovely. And I had a later engagement, at my school, where I listened to some alumni of my program read from their most recent works. And I ate 10 chocolate covered strawberries and yet another free glass of champagne.

Then I was a bum and went home.

This morning was the earliest and the nastiest. At one point during the morning commute, the car shook from the wind and pedestrians gripped telephone poles to keep from blowing away.

But we made it on time to the


Which was amazing. Picture the weirdest thing you are interested in, and then put yourself into a room full of a few thousand other people who also love that weird thing where they have assembled to honor the best of the best of their weird thing.


Newbery Award

Honor – Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose : I have nothing but love for this book and its author. In case you don’t believe me, click here and here.

Honor – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly : Sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to pick it up.

Honor – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Honor – The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Winner – When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead : The favorite, which I also enjoyed and blogged about here

Printz Award

Honor – Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman : Just what I love in nonfiction – discussed it here

Honor –The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Honor – Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Honor – Tales of the Madmen Underground by John Barnes

Winner – Going Bovine by Libba Bray : A happy upset! ARC stillll sitting on my shelf. ALMOST read it over break.

Made one last exhausted walk around the exhibitions.

Took one exhausted nap on the futon.

And will entertain the idea of making one last exhausted bus trip back out to Copley to attend a few exhausted YALSA events before hauling it home to bed so I can get my rest before dragging my exhausted ass back to work in the a.m., and then back to school the next day.

Oh, my goodness, my life.

2 Comments to “ALA Weekend”

  1. i predicted the caldecott winner this year.

    i could only recognize two of the people pictured, and they were the obvious ones.

  2. Dude, Pete made your blog! I’m sorry I didn’t see you. I was seriously in meetings 8 hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Have I ever told about my M.T. Anderson adventures when I did Spring Institute? It involved excellent lunch conversation, gluten-free winning, miniature golf, karaoke, and lending him a baby-sitters club video from my childhood. Seriously such a smart, funny guy. And I got to be there when he met John Green, which was pretty much literary hotness. I am a lucky, lucky girl. Also kind of hyper right now.

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