Here are just a few of the cool things happening at the ALAN (Assembly of Literature for Adolescents at the NCTE) Conference in Boston.
1. Hanging out with teachers of english – my people! There are literally stacks of books on the ballroom tables and people giddy with anticipation to read them.
2. Listening to REALLY well known and well respected authors talk about writing, books and how powerful they can be in the lives of young people. Here are a few of those who were here. I was sitting toward the back of the room, so I took pictures of them on the big screen – sorry about the quality.
Chris Crutcher – Note the title of his presentation – “Can We be Fucking Real?”
I say YES! Not only can kids take it, but they need to hear it AND they can spot a phony a mile away.
Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight
3. Seeing THE FIELD on the “New Teen Fantasy and Adventure ” Shelf at the Barnes & Noble in Boston – facing out!!!.
4. Fantastic sign outside the restrooms. ALAN wholeheartedly supports the LGBTQ community!
Tomorrow it will be my turn up on stage. Can’t wait!