Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending New York Public Library's Bookfest 2007. The keynote speaker was Lois Lowry. She spoke eloquently on writing, censorship, and family, and she gave attendees a sneak peek into her soon-to-be-released title, The Willoughbys. What a great way to start the morning!
Following Lowry's address, I was a group leader for a book discussion called "How Mysterious!". Earlier in the summer, I chose 5 titles to bring to the group. Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Case of the Flying Zalindas, Gilda Joyce Psychic Detective, and The House Where Nobody Lived. I had a lively group of folks with librarians and educators from New Jersey, New York, Long Island, and Pennsylvania. We had a great discussion about the nature of mysteries, boy vs. girl readers, and coincidences! It was quite fun.
There were many other groups going on at the same time. The leaders and topics were as follows:
Jen Hubert - YA Dystopian novelsDavid Mowery - YA Comedy (What's So Funny?)
Kimberly Paone - YA Dark and CreepyRachel Payne - A Caldecott Retrospective
Karen Smith - Picture This (Imagination and Reality in Illustrated PictureBooks)
Rosanne Cerny - Urban Places, Urban Spaces (Picture Books)Lisa Von Drasek - No Drama Here (Middle Grade Fantasy)
Susan Pine - Wind Beneath My Wings (Middle Grade)Rita Auerbach - Illustration Innovation (Middle Grade)
Randall Enos - Difficult Times (Cross Over fiction)
After a yummy boxed lunch and some chat time, attendees were treated to a panel on technology and art. The speakers for this session were William Low, J. Otto Seibold, and John Grandits.
A great time was had by all!