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Aug. 23rd, 2011
12:11 am - Photos: The 2011 SCBWI Summer Conference
Hi, Everyone! My 2011 SCBWI Summer Conference photos are up!
Our 2011 Golden Kite Awards Luncheon dessert celebrating SCBWI's 40th Anniversary. (Hand modeling by Mara Bushansky)
You can view all 257 photos—with captions—in three places on the Web:
On SCBWI's official Flickr photostream
On my Flickr photostream
And on Facebook in two albums: SCBWI 2011 Summer Conference—Fri. & Sat. and SCBWI 2011 Summer Conference—Sun. & Mon.
The Facebook tagfest has already begun, which I find pleasing. But please know that I am your professional ally: if there is any photo you are not 100% comfortable with, notify me immediately (privately), and I will make that photo disappear. (You can untag yourselves, too!)
My personal conference highlights this year include:
Judy Blume showed up as a surprise guest speaker. (I know, right?) She is so nice and down-to-earth in person, insisting she's a writer just like the rest of us, and that every next book is as scary to write as her first.
Judy Blume in conversation with Lin Oliver at the SCBWI 2011 Summer Conference
I was astonished to learn that Tiger Eyes, my favorite Judy Blume book (though all of them were my "favorite" at different times, this was my final favorite), is coming out as a movie later this year. I got to chat with her a little afterwards, and it sounds like it will be gorgeous.
Judy Blume also came to the LGBTQ Poolside Chat Friday during lunch, before everyone knew she was in attendance, and sat right next to me. (The woman on my other side started freaking out, mouthing Judy's name, which is how I caught on.) Afterwards, she went up to Lee and congratulated him on how great the discussion was.
Lee Wind and Judy Blume at the SCBWI 2011 Summer Conference
1b. (Celebrities, cont.) Gary Paulsen, teller of true tales.
I was blown away to see Gary Paulsen's name in this year's lineup. Hatchet is the book I couldn't help but buy for friends who don't even read! I was like, But you'll like this book!
I've read a book of his autobiographical anecdotes before, so I had some idea of the superlative stories we had coming. But it's impossible to be truly prepared. He shook everyone alive, getting away with wild pronouncements onstage because . . . he lived this life.
2. David Small dancing for a good two minutes at the end of his talk for the sake of dancing. The emotional arc of it! Taking us into the dark places inside ourselves and then bringing us up, up, back into the light. Incredible.
To the tune of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
Almost all of the speakers got standing ovations this year. The fever pitch of the four days was overwhelming.
3. Of course, my writer hero of middle grade fantasy Bruce Coville delivered a killer opening keynote, "Ripples in the Pond: Why What We Do Matters . . . and Matters . . . and Continues to Matter." It made the woman sitting next to me cry four times.
On an unrelated note, Beard Papa's makes the best cream puff I have ever had.
(Beard Papa's! A trendy Japanese chain with locations in New York, LA, SF, and more.)
4. My Newbery pajamas for the 40 Winks Pajama Party/Anniversary Poolside Gala
Brand new Newbery pajamas!! My What-shall-I-wear-to-the-Poolside-Gala dream come true.
My husband made these! (I know, right?) I came up with the idea but ran out of time. D said if he did this for me, then I had to give him full creative control, and he stayed up late three nights in a row ironing on 42 1/2 medals. It turned out way better than how I was planning to do it. He even misaligned the pattern along the seams, so it looks like a real print!
I'm going to write in these pajamas, sleep in them, dream in them . . .
There was a pseudo-Asian vibe going on with the gold medallions (completely intentional on D's part), so I'm not sure how many of the compliments I got came from people who saw they were Newberys. Some people called it from afar, though, including Alice Pope, who included me in the SCBWI Team Blog party pix. Thanks, Alice!
Some increasingly personal highlights:
Writer buddy Sara Wilson Etienne in her awesome Max costume. Sara is the reason we're all wearing awesome, orange lanyards. Harbinger comes out 02.02.2012!
My hilarious friends Karol Ruth Silverstein and Charlie Cohen. Karol won two of the joke contests this year! (We had to come up with Twitter posts from famous children's book characters. Tell 'em what you said, Karol!)
Crayons!! Harold Underdown wasn't the only one excited about this posse at the party. A purple inflatable crayon is how I got my name! (The group is dressed as Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, and they placed in the costume contest.)
Oh my. Look at me covering myself in Newbery medals and rubbing up against Linda Sue Park. As if.
My writing group—Lee Wind, Sara Wilson Etienne, and me—at the SCBWI 40 Winks Anniversary Poolside Gala
Hilarious superheroes coming your way
And so much more. I was going to include more pictures, but the whole conference is highlights. Please scroll back up to view the full set, via those links.
Happy 40th Anniversary, SCBWI! Kudos on a mind-blowing Summer Conference.
Sweet dreams, everyone!
All photos in this post by Rita Crayon Huang, Copyright ©2011, SCBWI. With special thanks to Jeff, Mara, Sonya, Meg, Laurent, Frank, Debbi, Michael, and everyone who so generously offered to take my camera so I could be included, too. Thanks, everyone! I appreciated that!