Here at #alamw12 a hum and buzz can be felt below the din of the exhibit hall and the busy clatter of hotel lobbies. No, it’s not the distance thunder of galloping longhorn steers, but rather the combined energy and passion of all the award committees making their choices behind closed doors. Who needs coffee with all this electricity in the air? Can’t wait for Monday morning!
I met with my fellow 2013 Newbery Committee members yesterday afternoon. We’re an eclectic bunch of folks with a variety of backgrounds and literary tastes, but we are united in our enthusiasm and (to judge from our fun meeting) sense of humor. This is going to be an amazing year!