Instagramming ALA 2019: Part III
Sunday began with the Coretta Scott King breakfast. It’s when all the CSK winners accept their awards. There was a lot of love in that room, and the speeches were as moving as they come. An ALA highlight. Also, a great program by Ekua Holmes:
From there it was back to the convention center for the first Yarn interview of the day:
With Eoin Colfer. We talked about Artemis Fowl, his new series The Fowl Twins, Roald Dahl, and the transition he made from teacher to full-time writer.
Shannon and Dean Hale. They talked about the creation of The Princess in Black series while I tried to contain myself because they were so funny and charming. When I was walking them back to the Candlwick Press booth, I spotted one of the coolest pieces of swag at the conference:
Circle tattoos. “Oh I’ll come back and grab one later”, I thought. Reminder: NEVER THINK THAT! Because I never returned and missed my chance at temporary tattoo glory.
The last interview of the day was with Dan Santat. When we sat down I was like, “I don’t even know where to start with you, there are so many books we could talk about.” We settled on Harold & Hog Pretend for Real, his new Elephant & Piggie Like Reading book. In the course of the conversation, we touched on Drawn Together, Beekle, After the Fall, and more.
Speaking of Mr. Santat, characters from a bunch of his books are at Kohls RIGHT NOW:
Which has led some people to make their own Beekle rump modifications:
After the interview I had a bit of time, so . . .
White House. No comment on the current resident.
Sunday night was the Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet. John Schumacher and I shared a ride:
The program was very nice:
The Bird Sisters (of Kate & Fuse #8 podcast fame), were on theme: A lighthouse and the sea:
Dessert was nice:
So was running into Sergio Ruzzier:
Then came the part of the night we were all there for: seeing everyone collect their awards. The great honor winners came first. Then Sophie Blackall spoke:
As did Meg Medina:
Christopher Myers accepted the Legacy Award for his father, the late Walter Dean Myers:
90s R&B groups were in the audience:
And the receiving line was a treat:
It was a wonderful night.
But the conference was not over yet! Bright and early Monday morning . . .
. . . I had one last interview.
This one was recorded live. And it was a biggie:
Our 2019 Newbery Medal winner, Meg Medina. It was a pleasure. Episode to come soon. (Photo Credit: Andie Krawczyk)
And with that, I attempted to pack up all my stuff:
And took a car to the airport, where I saw the back of that OTHER monument to Abe Lincoln:
Then I got on the plane to head back to Michigan, by way of New York City:
It was a great conference and great to be home.
And I even got to meet Henry Winkler:
See you in 2020, ALA.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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