The BIG 3-0!


I just posted this on Chicks Rock!, but want folks to see it here, too:

Well, as of this weekend I’ve officially crossed the threshold from 20s into 30s! I always planned to throw a big party for myself on my 30th birthday, but as it happened this year, the American Library Association decided to throw one for me!

Okay, not for me, exactly, but I came to their annual conference determined to get my little piece of the celebration and festivities. On Saturday I signed copies of The Rock and the River in Simon & Schuster’s booth at the ALA conference expo. Then I hung out with friends from Vermont College of Fine Arts who surprised me with an Alumni Achievement Award (I cried) followed by a yummy restaurant dinner complete with key lime pie and a pink candle!

Yesterday I attended an awards banquet, where I found myself surrounded by well-known and up-and-coming YA and children’s authors. Strangest of all, I began to truly feel that I could count myself among them! Which brings me to the real reason I’m here at the ALA conference: because my book was selected to receive the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent!

Tomorrow morning, at the frightening hour of 7am (!!!! I am such a night person, people. It goes against nature to expect me to function normally before the double digit hours of the morning….but for the CSK Breakfast, I will muster!), I will receive my award, and have my moment to thank the Academy…errr, the CSK selection committee. It’s so exciting!

All in all, my 30th weekend did not go as I orginally expected, but I certainly feel the occasion has been extraordinarily well-marked.

3 Comments

  1. Caroline Starr Rose

    What a fabulous way to celebrate!

    Here's to a productive, satisfying new decade.

    Your agent-mate,
    Caroline

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  2. Catherine Stine

    Happy Birthday, fabulous you! And good luck with your speech.
    xo Kitsy

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  3. I had no idea! We could have sung Happy Birthday to you at the breakfast!

    Your speech was fantastic and we are all so very proud. Keep on writing.

    Robin Smith

    Reply

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