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List of Authors/Illustrators. Met, Loved, and Tripped Over. (Part Two)

I also met Laura Amy Schlitz during the conference, but she’s a rather private person so I won’t go bandying about the facts of the matter.  Except to say that I want her hair, of course.  Laura Amy Schlitz rules the roost in terms of magnificent hair.  Now go read A Drowned Maiden’s Hair.  Go!

Uh… who else, who else.  All the Newbery and Caldecott winners… um.  Oh!  Amy Hest signed a copy of her newest book for my little niece.  That was nice.  She used to work for New York Public Library (St. Agnes branch?) and we were able to talk about library folk that left long before I started at the place (but that I still receive the mail of). 

At this point it all gets foggy.  Did I hug Cecil Castellucci at one point?  Could be.  Did I hobnob with Cornelia Funke and Natalie Babbitt?  Definitely not.  In any case, I had a lovely time.  And next year I’m bringing my friggin’ camera and making my husband shoot pictures of me everywhere I go.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. MotherReader says:

    Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Naming names. (Isn’t that a Seinfeld episode?) I’ll add on your list two other authors at Mitali’s party, Sara Lewis Holmes (Letters from Rapunzel) and Rebecca Stead (Fist Light, which while YA, is fine for middle grade. Read it, Fuse, you’ll like it.)

    I’ll trade you the John Green and Cecil picture for the two hugs, you know, in magic land.

  2. I have First Light on my shelf, so I should probably move it up a peg. Problem is, I keep getting these books to review for professional journals and my fun reading gets waylaid. Consarn it.