Photo of me with cows, which really doesn't have anything at all to do with this post.
This coming weekend many eyes are on Washington, DC, which is hosting the annual conference of the American Library Association! Make sure y'all say "hi" to Austinites Chris Barton (winner of Siebert Honor), Liz Garton Scanlon (author of Caldecott Honor book), and Jacqueline Kelly (winner of Newbery Honor).
For those staying closer to home, this weekend is also the annual Editor and Agent Conference of the Writers League of Texas! I'll be moderating one panel and speaking on another (see post below for details).
Also in Austin on Saturday from 10 AM to 4PM is the fourth annual African American Book Festival, at the Carver branch of the Austin Public Library. Check out the article in the Statesman, which features Austin YA author Varian Johnson. Also appearing at the festival is Austin author-illustrator Don Tate.
Finally, Cyn will be speaking Saturday night at the University of New Mexico. Her speech is titled TALKING BACK TO BRAM: REINVENTING GOTHICS. If you're in the neighborhood, go check it out!