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From the Dept. of Self-Aggrandizement

From the Dept. of Self-Aggrandizement:

Some other stuff:

I saw HS Musical Three today. Fun city. There is a scene where Zack Efron goes into a locker room with his  back to the audience, takes off his shirt, puts on another one and then turns around. About five adult female voices went "awwww!" in disappointment when he turned around without showing his chest. 

I still can't get my photos on the interwebs. Very frustrating.

NCTE and National Book Awards

Oh!  I am a bad blogger. 

I have so much to tell you people and I keep not telling it.  This is partly because I can't seem to get the jpgs from iphoto to upload. I don't understand -- I have never had any problem with this before.

The National Book Award reading and party (two different nights) were really lovely. I was in awe getting to meet Daniel Handler and Angela Johnson, and to chat with Carolyn Mackler and Holly Black (also awe -- but I had met them before) -- all members of the committee. You can see a couple photos on Holly's blog

The reading evening started off with a medal ceremony and every finalist got a big honking bronze medal to wear and feel important. I loved hearing everyone read though most people were rather SERIOUS and I was silly silly silly.  I read the bit about bras on all the statues and then Trish, Claudia and Star's analysis of Frankie's prank.

This strategy had worked well at the Teen Press Conference that morning, where an awesome group of teenagers laughed at my  jokes and asked all five Young People's Literature finalists really interesting questions. But it was not as enthusiastically received by the more adult type people. Possibly I was a breath of fresh air, but possibly I was just the silliest person at the National Book Awards.

The next evening was very glam. It took place in this big old renovated bank with beautiful ceilings. I was so proud and pleased to be there, and was sad not to win but also felt the Judy Blundell's honor was very well deserved. I wore my gold dress! WIth gold shoes! I photographed them in the ladies room. 

I need to write about/show you my photos of NCTE (Scott Westerfeld with a pinata on his head!  Me attempting to lick Lauren Myracle!) but that will have to wait.  As usual, the most complete reporting (with lots of photos) comes from Cynthia Leitich-Smith, author of Tantalize. ANd if you're on twitter, WalterGiant twittered all the ALAN panels! 

National Book Awards

As you all now must know by now, Judy Blundell won the National Book Award in young people's literature for What I Saw and How I Lied -- which is a seriously excellent book.  The honor is well-deserved.

Of course, I was sad  not to win myself, but the two days of NBA events were really wonderful and I will give a full report soon. Including a photo of my gold shoes! 

Today, though, I am traveling to San Antonio for NCTE/ALAN -- and I have a big schedule of signings tomorrow -- so actual blogging will probably have to wait until Sunday. 

Here are some hints:
Laurie Halse Anderson: gorgeous sea green dress
Holly Black: fangirling 
Angela Johnson: generous
Carolyn Mackler: kind
Lemony Snicket: hilarious
Peter Mattheison: sitting next to me
the poet Richard Howard: sartorially impeccable
Jim Sheeler: had us all in tears
Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han and Coe Booth: representing!
Joan Didion: spotted 
John Irving: not spotted. 


NCTE/ALAN signing schedule

Oh: if you're going to NCTE ALAN, come see me and get your book signed. 


9 AM Random House booth 313: Boyfriend List, Boy Book, Fly on the Wall and possibly possibly ARCs of The Treasure Map of Boys, plus little kid stuff

11 AM FSG 201  for little kid stuff

1 PM  Disney/Hyperion, booth 118: Dramarama and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

3 PM Harper Collins booth 112 with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle, How to Be Bad

I'm talking on Tuesday morning at ALAN on a panel called "Love and Other Four-Letter Words."  And I'll be at the ALAN joint publishers reception. Please come say hello! 

What to Read and Give for the Holidays (plus sartorial musings)

I have read some AWESOME YA books this season and failed to blog about them. What can I say? I was too busy shopping for something to wear to the National Book Awards! 

I have gold shoes. I have a gold and silver dress. It is a completely outrageous outfit and I will photograph it for your entertainment. This way, even if I don't win on Wednesday, I will feel fashionable and foxy.

Meanwhile, in between shopping expeditions that is, I have been reading my fellow finalist's books.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is an incredible feat of historical research and storytelling.
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt is poetic and emotionally exhausting and very brave.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp is hilarious and truthful and unique.
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell is a page-turning and insightful noir.

I am so psyched to be in their company. 

There's a campaign going on to help out the flagging publishing industry by buying books for holiday gifts. I'm going to do it and you should too!  Besides, as Sara Zarr pointed out in her blog post today, a scented candle never changed anyone's life. 

What to give? 
Any of the above would be a good start. 

I've also loved
Stop Me if You've Heard this One Before by David Yoo. I loved it so much I blurbed it, and I swear I've never met the guy. I said: "Albert is one of the most unique characters I've ever encountered in fiction or in life. His absurd and deeply romantic fall into first love is funny, heartbreaking and surprising. David Yoo is a major talent." 
The Squad by Jennifer Barnes. Cheerleaders are secretly government agents. Who knew? There is no vacation read that could possibly be as fun as this. 

I will try to blog more with holiday gift recommendations in the coming weeks. Google always sends me people searching for "gifts to give my boyfriend" because of the Boyfriend List excerpt I have up on my site. And I hate to disappoint my random googling public.