KidlitCon, Austin Teen Book Fest, and Scott Westerfeld

Oh, my.

First: I’m home again. YAY! Had a lovely, lovely time, thanks so much to Colleen and Jackie who organized, slaved, kept us all on time, and were essentially grand hostesses to a grand party. I will, I promise, get my wrap-up post put up as soon as I possibly can (not tomorrow.). There’s also a matter of writing reviews of the four books I read this weekend, too…

Second: now I’m home from this trip, I can think about the next one: to Austin, TX and the Austin Teen Book Festival on Oct 1. If you’re anywhere near Austin (I think Wichita counts as “near”) COME! There’s an amazing line-up of authors, and (trust me on this one) Scott Westerfeld as a keynote speaker will be more than worth your time. Check out the site for info on the other authors who will be there. PLUS: Amanda and I are organizing a blogger luncheon — we don’t have a specific place to eat, but are planning on meeting at the Barton Springs Road entrance of the Palmer Events Center around 12:30. We’d love for you to join us.

Third: fangirl moment:

So, yeah, I accosted him on Friday with a book to sign (Uglies; I picked a favorite, not the new one) and chatted about Austin in two weeks, and accosted him again on Saturday for the picture. I can say this: he’s absolutely hilarious, incredibly gracious, and has interesting stories to tell. It’s silly, but I’m glad I was brave enough to get this.

More later. Promise!

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