Thursday, June 30, 2005

ALA conference

Cyn and I are just back from the annual American Library Association conference in Chicago! We spoke on a panel on Humor in Multicultural literature with co-panelist Cecil Castellucci, author of Boy Proof. Many thanks to Victor Schill for organizing it!

The night we got in, we had the pleasure of dinner with Carolyn Crimi; Laura Ruby; Marsha Qualey; Franny Billingsley and her two kids (and a friend whose name I can't remember!); Nancy Werlin; Jacqueline Davies; Jennifer Jacobsen; and Mary Pearson and her husband. Then we went out to drinks with David Lubar and his lovely wife Joelle at the Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Center.

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place (serviceable, but fairly remote) so I went for a run Monday morning along the lakefront and out to the Planetarium. Very cool, except that it looks like a spaceship ate Soldier Field.

After the panel, we went out to lunch for pizza at Giordano's with Victor, and authors Laura Ruby, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Elisa Carbone, Lisa Yee, Amy Timberlake, and Alex Flinn.

On the conference floor were sightings of and all-too-brief conversations with many, including authors Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Esther Hershenhorn, Bruce Coville, and librarian Junko Yokota.

Second night, we went down to Chinatown (sadly, our old haunt changed hands and is not quite what it once was), and then dropped by Walter the Giant's birthday party, which also celebrated the release of his first picture book.

Then we passed out from exhaustion

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