- From the first evening/ signing: YAAAY!!! Just met @halseanderson and only cried A LITTLE! I did manage to tell her that speak saved my life. :')
- Accidentally sent this 2 myself not twitter: Pam Munoz Ryan's speech made me all weepy. Really touching! But i'm such a human hosepipe.
That evening, we had desserts (I'm pretty sure I ate at least three people's share of chocolate-dipped strawberries) and listened to Pam Munoz Ryan speak (who was just wonderful and heartfelt), followed by an hour of a Kent-based band... they were somewhat African-influenced, but really a fusion of many styles. Very danceable, but I certainly didn't want to be the only person over the age of two groovin' in there, so I just chair-wiggled a bit and clapped.
The next morning, my friend Lisa had made me cinnamon streusel muffins, so it's not like I could turn THOSE down! (and oh my goodness they were worth it) So I made it a bit late to Pam Munoz Ryan's author chat, but still sidled in to hear about her writing process and all those pieces I normally enjoy learning more about.
It's been long enough now that I can't remember everything that Laurie Halse Anderson talked about in hers, but it was, of course, very funny and extremely intelligent. Once again, it's always so much fun to hear an author speak when you really know their work... you can see how the voice in the two matches up.
- From the author chat in the morning: @halseanderson was freaking hilarious today! And of course, insightful etc etc hehehe
Lunch was Lebanese food and uncomfortable conversation with a bunch of other loners at the conference. The side dishes were a.may.zing. And then we had Eleanor Roosevelt's pink angel food cake! Yum-o. (Yes, I love eating... can't you tell?)
I'm really disappointed with the third session I attended. It was "books that will make you blush (or not)" and it was a couple of older men book-talking new-ish releases in the least interesting way possible. I was not impressed. And the whole time, all I could think about was all the much better stuff I was probably missing. I did get a free book out of attending, but it wasn't one I was excited about. Bummer.
From the official keynote speech hoopla
- @halseanderson is a FREAKING BADASS.
- Schools w/o libraries are zombie schools! A school w/o libraries will produce the children of Voldemort! @halseanderson
- DAMN @halseanderson is an amazing speaker. Seriously. Whoa.
- BWahahaha! @halseanderson figured me out! 'are you the tweeting one?' XD
Again, I can't recall much that LHA talked about since I was lazy and didn't write about this right away. But again, it was easy to see why I love her books and why my students relate to her writing so well. And, as noted above, she figured out who I was, which worried me a little... does that make me creepy? I sure hope not. At least if I'm creepy, she took some pity on me, because she sent me a brief but very kind email the next week.
If you haven't read any of her work, her most famous is Speak, which is just awesome. I very recently read Twisted, which I also loved. I've *gasp* not read any of her historic fiction yet, but those are coming this summer.
I've still only read one of Munoz Ryan's "real" books, Esperanza Rising, but it was a lovely little near-fairy-tale store about her grandmother's emigration. Really, just very sweet. You'll read it in an afternoon... and if you're a little hosepipe like I am, you'll just sob, too. I do have a picture book by her that I just love, too, and this summer I'm picking up one she wrote about Pablo Neruda.