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Philly Diversity Conference: Telling the Story of All of Us

If you’re near Philadelphia this weekend, come to “Telling the Story of All of Us: Books for a Modern World”, a conference celebrating diversity in middle grade and young adult literature!

On Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, panels will feature many authors, including Sonia Manzano (Becoming Maria),  I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Shaun Hutchinson (The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley), Corinne Duyvis (Otherbound), and more!

I’ll be moderating a discussion of “The Author’s Journey and the Author’s Responsibility” on Sunday from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA, followed by a signing and reception. My books will be available for purchase, as will all the other authors — courtesy of Children’s Book World, the excellent hosts of the events. Buy books to support them and our diverse authors!

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see me at psfs this friday!

I’ve been living in Philly for three years, and in all that time I’ve been meaning to attend one of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society meetings. Well, now I have the perfect excuse, because I’ll be the speaker at this week’s event! If you’re in the area, come on by:

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
The Rotunda
3014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia

General meeting begins at 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public, Program begins at 9:00.

Apparently I get to speak about anything I want! Any requests?

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ALA Midwinter

ala14-logoI should probably mention that I’m going to be at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia this weekend! Seemed like I should attend, since it’s in my own city and all; however, I’m keeping a somewhat low profile, because I have a big deadline looming on Monday.*

So if you’re attending ALA too and would like to see me, your best bet is to drop by the SFWA table in the Exhibit Hall (Booth #409) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be there to answer your questions about SFWA from 11–12, then signing…things…from 12–1. (My books won’t be available for sale there, as far as I know, but you can bring copies — and I’m happy to sign free bookmarks and book plates, while supplies last.)

Also, I put together a short guide on stuff to do in Philly, things to see, and some restaurants I like near the convention for SFWA members, but thought it might be useful to a broader audience too. If you want it, download it here (PDF). It is not fancy.

See you at ALA?

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*If anyone wants to meet up to write with me near the convention, let me know. I’ll be there all day Saturday and probably Sunday morning.

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next time, try the train

Apologies to everyone who came out for the group reading at Jefferson Market Library last night hoping to see me read from Quantum Coin. Due to circumstances entirely out of my control, I missed it by that much.

I was on the Greyhound bus from Philadelphia which normally takes two hours—two-and-a-half tops—to reach New York City on a weekday afternoon. However, a fatal truck crash set the NJ Turnpike and an overpass on fire, requiring significant diversions. So I got on the bus at 1 p.m. and arrived at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:15 p.m., like some horrible kind of time warp that I hopefully will not do again. The reading began at 6 p.m. As inconvenienced as I was, I’m still alive (though half-asleep), so I feel I can’t really complain about it all too much. My condolences to the family of the deceased truck driver.

Despite valiant efforts to draw out the reading and Q&A, I arrived just after it had finally ended. But I can tell you this: It was wonderful to see a room full of my friends waiting for me! They said I should read anyway, but I figured the library would have preferred if we were all gone. And I was hungry. At least I had time for dinner and made some new friends before I had to get on public transit again—a train at 10:05 p.m., which thankfully brought me back home right on schedule.

It was also nice to have people on Twitter to keep me company and root for me during my not-quite-epic journey. I am not the whiny sort, but I was really bummed to miss the reading. Still, there will be other readings, and hopefully other books. But next time, if I’m at all in a hurry, I’m taking the train.

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