April 13th, 2008

Child Lit Group, Licorice and Bios Galore

Recently, I was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Children's Literature Council of Southern California. I had to miss the first two board meetings because: 1) I was sick, and 2) I was in sick and in Dallas giving a speech. However, I was neither sick nor in Dallas for this event.

The festivities took place at the Glendale Public Library . . .
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(Above: This is the doorway to the children's department. The actual event was in a really nice big ol' room.)

I wanted to impress the other board members with my skills, so I volunteered to assist with the refreshments. After all, I began my career in food service. Yes! I wore polyester and worked at Arby's in high school.

It being National Licorice Day, Peeps and I were asked to put the candy is a jar in an attractive array. This was the best we could do (the licorice was so fresh it wouldn't stand up) . . .
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However, the other food looked spectacular, thanks to the refreshment committee. (That would be Kay) . . .
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The featured keynote speaker for the Biography For Children and Young Adults workshop was Diane Stanley . . .
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(Above: If you squint and get really close to your screen, Diane is on stage behind the podium.)

Also speaking was the delightful Susan Goldman Rubin. Susan and I got to sit together last year at The Brian Selznick Show. Oops, I mean, at this awards ceremony where we were both nominated . . .
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(Above: See the Andy Warhol book she's holding? I bought it for Son and he gobbled it up the minute I got home.)

The totally cool Elizabeth Partridge was also a featured speaker. I loved hearing about her Printz Honor book about John Lennon. I first met Elizbeth at this conference. (I believe she is the person in the first photo with her head turned away as Susan Patron gets her photo taken with Peepy.)
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Peepy was particularly thrilled after the workshop and is convinced that three biographies about her will be written soon.

Tomorrow I head to the airport. Oh the joy. I hope the planes are taking off! I need to get to Pennsylvania where I'll be visiting West Grove.

Lastly, many times we read about people after they have died. I first came across the amazing Last Lecture of Randy Pausch and blogged about it here. Earlier this week there was a TV special about him. He doesn't have long to live, but you'd never know it to see him . . .



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