SoulEnchilada_finalAh, Fall is in the air, and the turkeys are on sale at the supermarket, which can mean only one thing–NCTE & ALAN! Even now, thousands of English teachers are packing for their annual pilgrimage to the National Council of Teachers of English Convention and the ALAN Workshop.  Just the thought of it gets my blood pumping.  I myself am packing and doing all of those last minute things that you have to do to get out the door with all your necessary materials and clothes in one checked bag and carry-on item large enough to carry a loaf of bread.

The weekend will be jam-packed (where did they get the jam? The TSA won’t let you carry-on jam, for goodness sake) with YA authors, including LJ friends [info]sarazarr , [info]joknowles , [info]marypearson, [info]professornana , [info]pambachorz , [info]elockhar and [info]writerjenn(If I missed a LJ author, please feel free to let me know in the comments).

I’ll be speaking at a number of events and signing in the hall, promoting both Soul Enchilada and the forthcoming future dystopia Black Hole Sun,  which will be out May, 2010 and was described on Fuse #8 as “Aliens meets Seven Samurai”!

bhs_jacketHere’s my official schedule (don’t be shy about saying hi!):


  • 7:00 am – 9:15 am ALAN Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am HarperCollins Booth Signing: David Macinnis Gill and Kathryn Lasky. Booth #213
  • 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm Session: “Middle Level Mosaic Workshop: BE the Book!” Marriott/Grand Ballroom Salon E, 5th Floor YA AUTHOR SPEED DATING!


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ALAN Reception. Marriott Philadelphia/Grand Ballroom C, D, E  1201 Market St.


12:00 pm – 12:25 pm Session: “Soul and Substance in YA Literature.” Speakers: David Macinnis Gill (Greenwillow); Jen Bryant (Random House); Chris Crowe