It was tiny and cool and the best place I could have stayed given it was a hop skip and a jump [okay, a lot of jumps if one decided to you know, literally, jump] to the Javitz Conference Center. And as teensy as my hotel was, the Javitz was... huge. Like it could be it's own sovereign nation huge. Luckily I got in touch with twitter-friends who instantly melted into real friends with a simple hug. Seriously, I can't name everyone because there were so many amazing people I met like Zareen Jaffery, Kristy Shen, Bryce, and so many more but bar none it was an honor to meet everyone.
|Sona, Ilene, Renee fabulous ladies with books coming out in 2015|
|Don't let my picture fool you: sheer madness!!!|
|That's me. Next to Grace Lin. Still hard time believing it.|
And then I saw our Publisher's Weekly spread.
And realized I was John Green.
|oddest [and funniest] photo bomb ever.|
|Blurry but worthy of remembering|
|Thirty minutes before the panel began.|
|Ellen Oh: Author, Lawyer, Mover of Mountains.|
|Mike Jung: Author, Father, giver of enthusiastic thumbs ups!|
|Jacqueline Woodson: In the presence of greatness.|
The panel went great but there is so much more to do and we are eager to keep on going. If you were there, thank you for coming out, if you weren't and want to check it out, the audio is here and the transcript is here and for a lovely brief piece to catch up, check out this NPR piece on our panel here!