ALA Annual 2013

Author Inspiration

I had two opportunities to hear authors today at #ala2013 and both knocked my socks off!

I decided several months ago to attend the Bookmobile Saturday: Author Lunch, hosted by OLOS , which required a $25 ticket.  Lauren Myracle and Audrey Niffenegger were the guest speakers, and since my daughter has declared herself Lauren Myracle’s “biggest fan,” I figured it would be a great opportunity to meet her.

I planned to stick to the free programs during my first ALA Annual Conference, but I highly recommend trying a ticketed event.  For $25, I received a yummy lunch, heard two talented authors speak, and received signed copies of each of their books, courtesy of Abrams Books.  It was much more fun than standing in long lines in the crowded Exhibit Hall for an author signing.

And Lauren Myracle signed my daughter’s copy of Twelve!

Lauren Myracle
Me and LM!

I also attended a program called “Krosoczka! TenNapel! Telgemeier! Graphic Novels Your Kids Love By Names You Can’t Pronounce.”  The panel?  Jarrett J. KrosoczkaRaina Telgemeier, and Doug TenNapel.  The moderator?  Jon Scieszka.  Entertaining and inspiring?  Absolutely.

Graphic Novel panel
Scieszka, TenNapel, Telgemeier, and Krosoczka

The panelists shared how they create their work, and why graphic novels are the “gateway drug” to reading for some kids.  As someone who is passionate about booktalking and outreach to kids, I loved Krosoczka’s story about a Houston-area teacher who compared reading to playing on the playground.  You don’t tell kids they can only play on one swing and that’s it; you let them enjoy all the playground has to offer.  I’ll remember that the next time a parent or teacher pooh-poohs a graphic novel as “less than” a chapter book or novel.

What a terrific day!  You can follow me on Twitter (@ltbloomlib) to see my Tweets with Lauren Myracle and more updates on #ala2013!

One comment

  1. Eileen Washburn

    Got to meet Lauren Myracle at BEA – what a lovely and down-to-earth gal!

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