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Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Anna, and Elisabeth for all the work you're doing! It was a delight meeting so many slicers for breakfast Saturday --definitely an NCTE highlight!
It is the last day of the ALAN Workshop, an amazing two days after NCTE that is filled with authors and books and book lovers. Here is where I sat to listen. See my jourmal and colored pencils?
This entire conference has been a blessing and a merry Christmas, but ALAN. Ending the conference week with ALAN with my son, Collin, priceless memory making. Today's slice of life is a short list of quotes from authors presenting at at ALAN that are speaking to my heart right now.
"The me that's me right now, loves you."-@rainbowrowell, Eleanor and Park, Fangirl
"Never let a child walk away thinking he is the wrong age for a book." -Walter Mayes @waltergiant
says Ken Setterington speaking about Branded by the Pink Triangle. "The information is true and the stories matter."
"Make my day. Give it your best shot because I glow in the dark. HOPE is a game changer!"
-Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here
"Nature is the stuff that we are." -Cal Armistead, Being Henry David
"Good books build strong resilient souls, open heart hearts, save lives and change generations."
-Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory
"This is my life--whatever it is--I will embrace it! When you are young you don't know that as short as life is, it is yet long. You can have another life that you choose where you can have love." -Nancy Werlin, Unthinkable
"I'm a writer because I NEED to be a writer. It's like air. I breathe writing." -Benjamin Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
BRAVE the WORLD. TAKE EVERY CHANCE. DROP EVERY FEAR. -Laurie Halse Anderson