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ALAN Workshop 2013

ALAN 2013I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2013 ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTW) Workshop in Boston. It was such a wonderful experience (terrible Amtrak experiences notwithstanding).

Dinner with the Sourcebooks team (including my fellow author Zoraida Cordova — author of the awesome Vicious Deep series), the opportunity to sit in on amazing panels (with Laurie Halse Anderson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Rainbow Rowell, just to name a very small few), and the chance to introduce The Summer I Wasn’t Me to a room full of over 500 English teachers and librarians. It was all incredible.

I got to meet and work with Nancy Garden (author of the classic novel Annie on My Mind), Sara Farizan (If You Could Be Mine), and Ken Setterington (Branded By the Pink Triangle) — all their books are amazing, if you’re looking for a great LGBTQ teen read! And Nancy and Sara even agreed to read and blurb The Summer I Wasn’t Me, which made the whole experience even more wonderful. Stay tuned for  their quotes about the book!

(Photo credit: Zoraida Cordova)

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