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NBA Longlists & other happier sides of life during a bleak week

Here are a few bright spots that I wanted to share for this week, despite the natural (and manmade) disasters we’ve all been following for the last two weeks.

First, the longlist for the National Book Award is being released this week. The titles for Young People’s literature go live on Tuesday morning, so please check in to see the fabulous works we fell in love with. What a process (that I can’t talk about!) Anyway, I’m donating the 300 or so books that we read to Henrico County Public Schools, where I’ve asked that they be given to the elementary, middle, and high school with the fewest resources and smallest school library. Anita Tarbox, the head of library services, is bringing a van next week to haul off the six large boxes of treasure. I’ve been living in a labyrinth since last May, so this is coming as a relief, despite the fact that it’s usually easier to pull a molar out of my head than to get me to give away books.


I’m in Los Angeles this week, which happens only every couple of years or so.

The Brentwood School invited me to speak on Monday, Sept 11 about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. So, I packed a bigger bag (in case the hurricane strands me on my flight back,) splashed myself with Jean Naté in honor of Lila, and am ready to meet their seventh and eighth graders.

 

Tuesday, Sept 12, 7 PM, I’ll be at Vroman’s for the first time, too. I had to re-read that this bookstore has been in existence since 1894, but it’s true. Even better, I’ll be appearing there with LA’s fabulous Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, new this year. We’ll be reading a snippet of our novels and interviewing each other. I like that we’ll both be able to talk about our love letters to New York, especially so close to the 9-11 anniversary.

While I’m in California, I’ll also be meeting the team at 3Pas studio that’s developing YAQUI into a HULU series, visiting in person with my agent, Jen Rofé, and seeing writer friends Denise Doyen, Michael Portis, and Antoinette Portis –  among the funniest and most talented people I’ve been lucky enough to meet in this business.

 


 

Looking ahead to next weekend, I cross the country  again to be part of the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 17. It has a lineup that’s too long and amazing to believe, as usual.  See for yourself. It’s my first time as part of the festival, and I owe the invitation to Reneé Watson (Piecing Me Together) who pulled together a YA panel that I’m really looking forward to. Check us out:  Telling Her Own Story, 12 – 1 PM, Sunday, Sept 17, Brooklyn Law Student Lounge, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Reneé Watson, Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things), Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies) and me.

East or west, I hope you can come and say hi.

 

Kaywell Award and Texas Book Festival Photos

Running like a mad woman today, so I’m putting up some photos of last week’s travels. Met so many wonderful people – educators, literary philanthropists, fellow authors. This was also the first time that Ahora Si! magazine sponsored a tent at the Texas Book Festival where Latino authors and programming were available all day. Very cool!

Here are just a few shots.

With Melanie Griffin, archivist at USF, Dr. Joan Kaywell, and Kaywell committee chair James Leggett

With Melanie Griffin, archivist at USF, Dr. Joan Kaywell, and Kaywell committee chair James Leggett

How's THIS for a set of wheels? My ride after the awards ceremony in Tampa. Thanks, Donna Heath!

How’s THIS for a set of wheels? My ride after the awards ceremony in Tampa. Thanks, Donna Heath!

Visiting cousin Carlos

Visiting cousin Carlos

A walk along the path. I love Spanish moss in the trees.

A walk along the path. I love Spanish moss in the trees.

Yep. We're in Austin.

Yep. We’re in Austin.

The day begins in the best way: Maya Smart is my Texas Book Festival contact for the day

The day begins in the best way: Maya Smart is my Texas Book Festival contact for the day

Thank you Texas Book Festival and Candlewick Press!

Thank you Texas Book Festival and Candlewick Press!

Maya and I handing out books after my talk with Reading Rockstars

Maya and I handing out books after my talk with Reading Rockstars

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Clay tiles in Zavala ES's garden, which has chickens, goldfish, a bridge. Such a great space!

Clay tiles in Zavala ES’s garden, which has chickens, goldfish, a bridge. Such a great space!

rooftop with the fab Nikki Loftin and Lydia Gil

rooftop with the fab Nikki Loftin and Lydia Gil

The view from the amazing penthouse home of arts patrons Sandra and Walter Wilkie

The view from the amazing penthouse home of arts patrons Sandra and Walter Wilkie

Jamie and the lovely Maya Smart

Jamie and the lovely Maya Smart

The view from the author green room. Every party in Austin seemed to have a rooftop angle.

The view from the author green room. Every party in Austin seemed to have a rooftop angle.

Day 1: Renee Watson! We were both in polka dots and offered to be bestseller Eric Litwin's back up singers for Sing and Dance in Your PolkaDot Pants. We await your call, Eric.

Day 1: Renee Watson! We were both in polka dots and offered to be bestseller Eric Litwin’s back up singers for Sing and Dance in Your PolkaDot Pants. We await your call, Eric.

Catching up with Monica Brown and Katheryn Russell Brown (Little Melba and her Big Trombone)

Catching up with Monica Brown and Katheryn Russell Brown (Little Melba and her Big Trombone)

Book women trying to be divas in the restroom of the Four Seasons. With Jamie Tan from Candlewick, and authors Monica Brown (Lola Levine is Not Mean...and countless other award-winning titles) and Maggie Thrasher (Honor Girl)

Book women trying to be divas in the restroom of the Four Seasons. With Jamie Tan from Candlewick, and authors Monica Brown (Lola Levine is Not Mean…and countless other award-winning titles) and Maggie Thrasher (Honor Girl)

Our Throwing Shade panel: moderated by Holly Green (left). Authors are Jessie Ann Foley, I. W. Gregorio and me

Our Throwing Shade panel: moderated by Holly Green (left). Authors are Jessie Ann Foley, I. W. Gregorio and me