Friday, June 22, 2012

ALA Convention. Guys at Work. Paying it Forward.

So far the American Library Association Convention in Anaheim has been illuminating. I am amazed at just how much information about the digital world and books I have taken in. I need a zip file for my brain.
And I tweeted this earlier, but I think it bears repeating.
Librarians are total models of the Chaos Muppet theory in action.
None of them has a cool wolf hat though, but many have commented on mine.
The highlight of the day was  the "Men at Work: Guy Writers Talk About Guy Readers."
Daniel Kraus was the panel facilitator. He facilitated Jon Scieszka, Michael Grant, Andrew Smith, and Daniel Handler's comments/presentations.
Everyone, go out RIGHT NOW and buy all of the books these men have ever written.
Trust me.
Andrew Smith, again, spoke so beautifully about the Angel Potatoes, and I am so  touched and grateful.
More on this tomorrow.
On another note, I am participating in the Pay it Forward Blog Giveaway.
I bought a Catherine Ryan Hyde book called Jumpstart the World. Catherine Ryan Hyde is awesome. You should buy all of her books, too. She wrote Pay It Forward.
So in the spirit of paying it forward, I am giving away a copy of Denise Jaden's newly released Never Enough. Denise is really supportive of the Angel Potatoes, and she sent me autographed bookmarks, very cool, and the winner will, of course, receive one of these as well.
I think Denise's work is worth reading because she has good stories that are well-written and my students like them. This is why she is part of the Revolution.
Plus, she's really cool.
So all you need to do to enter is:
1. Follow this blog through Google Friend Connect
2. Leave a comment. You could suggest a writer we all should be reading, or you could just make suggestions for the music for my next interpretive dance, or you could just say "Hi. I like you wolf hat."
That's it.
Entries will be open until midnight on June 30th. Winner will be randomly picked by Randomizer.

So right now I am grateful for just about everything going on in my life right now, and I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this and support the Revolution.

It's about two hours past my bedtime.
Good night, awesomsauce peeps.
You are all a Great Happiness to me.


  1. Hiya dollface. I like your wolf hat.

    I would do just about anything to see you dance to "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice. (The girl digs this song and it makes me giggle.)

    I think everyone should read all books by Amy Reed. Period.

    I'm so glad you're enjoying ALA. Give Andrew a hug for me.

    Lotsa love,

  2. Ooo la la, loup chapeau!

    Did anyone tape the Boys Read talk? Better than any TED I'm sure.

    My middle grade book-love these days is John Flanagan's Invader series. Proof that popular can also be wonderful.

    YA love today? Meg Rosoff, especially There Is No Dog.

    Have a great time.


  3. Thanks for joining the Pay it Forward Hop!

    Good luck to all!

  4. Nice to see you! Good luck to all entering your pay it forward hop!! Take care

  5. I pray someone got a video of Men at Work. I'm hard pressed to think of a writer I love who you haven't heard of. Maybe Richard Price?

  6. I'm following on GFC (Darlene). A couple writers that I love are JR Ward and Patricia Briggs.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  7. Summer vacations...the perfect time to catch up on reading all those books I saved to my Kindle! I hope I win, haven't read any books by Denise yet.

  8. Do I also get a +1 for my Google share?

  9. I'm so glad you are enjoying ALA. I don't live too far from Anaheim, but I didn't get time off from work, because school was still in session, and I didn't have the chance to go. Also, thank you for this generous giveaway and for being part of this blog hop.

    I think Rebecca Rasmussen, the author of "The Bird Sisters", is an author who everyone needs to read. She is working on her second novel, but her debut is an example of beautiful prose, excellent narration, and unbelievably complex and endearing characters. The whole story spans the length of a day, and is mostly told in flashback, and I read it in one sitting. Actually, more like I devoured it. It is a gorgeous book, and I know that this author will produce many amazing gems of fiction.

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

    P.S... I like your wolf hat! ;) And I think I'm in love with Angel Potatoes :D

  10. The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline is my favorite read!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict