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ALA 2010, part three

I left off at bedtime on Saturday. Sunday morning found my roommates, Tricia Stohr-Hunt & Laura Purdie Salas, and me back at the Convention Center for a few signings. I'd taken very few books from home to D.C. with me, even though I already own a fair number of books I'd have liked signed (including Will Grayson, Will Grayson - it was very silly of me not to take it, since John and David were signing together. Le sigh), but one that did come with me was All the World, written by my friend and fellow Poetry Princess, Liz Garton Scanlon, and illustrated by the wildly talented Marla Frazee. There they are on the right, signing copies for Tricia and me.

Next up, I went to Carrie Jones's signing to make sure that she had the line I'd assured her would be there. And of course she did, in part because she was signing with Simone Elkeles and Jessica Day George, although - truth be told - there were far more copies of Captivate and Need in line than anything else. In fact, I went back toward the end of their signing hour and Carrie was still signing away.

From left: Simone Elkeles, Jessica Day George, and Carrie Jones

Life is full of small coincidences, which is undoubtedly how I met Laurie Halse Anderson while we were both in line for lunch, so she joined Tricia, Laura, Tanita S. Davis and her husband, D, and me for lunch. It was great to catch up with her, and greater still for me to hear Laurie read from FORGE on the stage set in the middle of the convention floor. Laurie read two selections, and I cried at both. I cannot wait to read Corazon's story, and seriously, neither can you. Just the bits I heard assured me how very compelling and well-wrought it is. (The wrought/forge thing was initially accidental, but now that I've spotted it, I quite like it.)
By mid-afternoon, it was time to head back to the hotel in order to shower and dress for dinner, and to bid a fond farewell to Tricia, who had a full day of teaching ahead of her on Monday.

Here's me with Laurie during cocktail hour. She was positively glamourous in her gown:

Laurie Halse Anderson et moi

And here are Adrienne Furness (from What Adrienne Thinks About That) and Sara Lewis Holmes before dinner:

Adrienne Furness and Sara Lewis Holmes

During the banquet, I met Elaine Magliaro, long-time internet friend, in real life. Elaine is a bundle of energy, that's for sure. I only wish I had a filmed account of her meeting with Joyce Sidman, when Elaine quite literally dropped to her knees and bowed to Joyce in a Wayne's World, "I'm-not-worthy" sort of way. Joyce, who I'd just met, may or may not have told me to get on my knees when I requested a photo with her, but there we are standing happily together in the photograph to the left.

My meetings with both Joyce and Elaine were both far too short, since dessert and awards arrived to cut them short. Fortunately, I have photographs to remember them by!

And here's one with me and a simply stunning Liz Garton Scanlon while she waited in the post-banquet receiving line. I'm so happy for her book's success, which is entirely well-earned:

me with Liz Garton Scanlon

Later today, I'll post about Monday, which held so many high points of its own that I am still recovering from the excitement!

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Jul. 2nd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Love your dress! This looks like it was a great time. =)
Jul. 2nd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was indeed fun - although the food was so not worth the cost of admission!
Jul. 2nd, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
It was nice to see you this weekend! I wish we could have actually had a chance to chat- I swear, by Monday, I was completely zombified and running from one event to the next, which is an unfortunate combination...
Jul. 2nd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I at least tackled you for a hug, however briefly!
Jul. 2nd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
love the visuals! it's almost as good as being there... and don't you look fab?! not easy in the DC humidity, I happen to know!

Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for saying so!
Jul. 2nd, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Lovin' all your recaps. Great photos -- everyone looks wonderful and smiley :).
Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I think I smiled almost the entire time I was there - so many wonderful friends and authors and books and events!
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
It was your original post about Liz's book that had me going after it. E loved it, I loved it -- what a wonderful book!
Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
It's such a spectacular picture book - words AND pictures, in perfect harmony.
Jul. 2nd, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I am enjoying reading your recaps, and looking at the lovely pictures. Your dress is so pretty!
Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks! I first wore the dress to a friend's wedding several years ago, and was pleased to find it still fit!
Jul. 3rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm just back from vacation and catching up on blogs. You are radiant Kelly!! Looks like a fabulous time!
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
It was SOOOOO great. Although I'm only just now getting over it, physically and mentally. But man, I wish you'd have been there. I sent a hug for you with Lisa Madigan, though. It was so nice to finally meet her in real life!
Jul. 4th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
You are all so beautiful! This was really a star-studded weekend wasn't it?
Jul. 4th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
It was fantabulous! And I'm still not fully recovered!
Jul. 6th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
tanita says :)
In my next life, I'm wearing a dress like that.

And YES, Joyce did GO THERE with the "get on your knees" thing. I HEARD HER. She CANNOT TAKE THAT BACK.

Even so, Elaine was FREAKIN' HILARIOUS. I was rolling.

And I'm so grateful for Laurie for coming by and having lunch with us. I am seriously taking her words to heart.
Jul. 6th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says :)
Joyce and Elaine were both so funny. And I'm very glad that I bumped into Laurie for lunch - I'm pretty certain that fate was involved in bringing her to our table.
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