|Me, Laura and Heather at the Alabama Library Association.|
Last week, I had the honor of speaking on a young adult panel at the annual convention of the Alabama Library Association. Seriously, you guys–a whole room full of book-loving librarians? Died and went to heaven.
Authors Heather Montgomery and Laura Golden joined me on the panel. It became evident pretty quickly that although we write vastly different types of books (Heather writes nature and science books and Laura writes mid-grade fiction), the three of us gravitated toward a single message: passion is the key to connecting with kid readers. Once each of us got to talkin’ about our favorite subjects, we were fairly hopping with energy. Our writing reflects this excitement and kids feel it when we present at schools.
We were, of course, preaching to the choir, but still. It was a terrific session. And then I discovered that the entire time I was speaking, my name tag was upside down. Before the program began, I was speaking with someone when I slapped the “speaker” ribbon on my name tag and didn’t notice I’d slapped it on the wrong end. Typical.
After the presentation, my good friend @AshParso took me on a tour of Montgomery. And friends, she does not play. If I lingered over anything I found fascinating at the Alabama archives or museums, girlfriend all but snapped a whip to keep me moving.
Still, I was able to take some pictures of some fascinating things. My favorite is this photo of Coretta Scott King at MLK’s funeral. This little picture doesn’t capture the beauty and intensity of this shot–breathtaking.
I also loved seeing Zelda Fitzgerald’s fainting couch. Seriously, I want a fainting couch of my very own so badly, I actually feel a swoon coming on.
Our last stop was the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts inside the Alabama Shakespeare Festival compound. Such beautiful property and a wonderful museum. I was very impressed with the kid’s section of the museum, especially the way they turned James Hopper’s New York Office paintings into a 3-D interactive set. Very cool.
|The painting, which hangs in the galleries.|
|The 3-D interactive recreation of the painting in the kid’s section of the museum.|
All in all,
it was a great visit. I hope I get to present at more ALA conferences because it was just plain awesome.