ALA, Here I Come!

“Trees may prefer calm, but the wind will not subside.” –Chinese proverb

The wind’s been blowing me here and there. In fact, this post is a little late because I had to prepare for a book talk. I interacted with teens at the local library today, talking about the process of writing and encouraging them to complete their own works over the summer. It’s amazing to see their passions and their diverse interests, which can range from manga to poetry.

library Speaking of libraries, I’m gearing to attend the ALA (American Library Association) Conference! It’ll be exciting to see what I discover during my whirlwind trip to Las Vegas. Here are some of the highlights I’m looking forward to:

  • Announcement of winners for Book of the Year Award (currently I’m a finalist, so it’ll be narrowed down to the top three this Friday evening)
  • Sighting famous authors (I’m looking forward to spotting Marcus Zusak, Jean Kwok, Mo Willems, and more over the weekend)
  • Meeting with librarian friends (got to love those library science majors!)
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  1. Wow! Congratulations on being a finalist.
    This sounds like an awesome conference. I know you’ll be doing an update afterward. Looking forward to reading all about it.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks, Amy! I’ll be sure to update. My post for next Monday will be about my writing process, but the week after should have a spotlight on ALA.

  2. Sounds like a great plan, Jennifer. Enjoy the conference. Please, if you see Markus Zusak, tell him how much I love his books. And I did way before The Book Thief was published and became a classic.
    Also best of luck for the Best of the Year Award. Being a finalist is already an honor, so kudos to you.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks, Evelyne! Well, it looks like there are about 400 people who also love Zusak, so we’ll see if I can queue up and greet him.

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