Wednesday, October 27, 2010


More as they come in.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Recapping the recaps

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Here’s the SLJ piece.

Here are the #tag transcripts:


I’ll keep updating this as long as people keep recapping. Don’t forget to send photos to the Flickr site.

*Thanks to Blythe Woolston for the idea for the YouTube clip on Kurtis’s blog. Very appropriate. The ghost of Ricardo Montalban will be hosting in Seattle next year.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

KidLit Con Aftermath

Coming soon, the PowerPoints.

Thanks for a great weekend!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Don't forget!

The conference starts on Saturday at Open Book (home of The Loft Literary Center). Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. I We hope you can all make it tonight--Friday night--to a reception followed by a presentation and Q & A about online critique groups by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton. The reception starts at 6:00 and is also at Open Book.

Here's a map from the conference hotel (an easy walk):

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Update: For those who are local or driving to the conference: President Obama will be attending a rally at the U of M on Saturday. While we don't anticipate this affecting much, it may be helpful to keep this in mind when planning your driving routes to and from Open Book (as it's not all that far from the campus). Basically, avoid the U.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Saturday Dinner

The eating delights of downtown Minneapolis are many, and if you have extra days in town, I encourage you to explore (or ask me—I live to recommend). One dinner, however, is taken care of, and that’s Saturday night, when we close out the conference at Town Hall Brewery, conveniently located next the conference hotel.

The restaurant needs to know our order ahead of time, so we’ll be asking you to pick one of the following at check in on Saturday:

1. Raspberry Spring Chicken Salad: Grilled Cajun chicken on a
bed of house blend greens topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, red
onions, crumbled blue cheese and almonds—served with raspberry
cream vinaigrette on the side. Also available without chicken.

2. Seven Corners Burger: Our most popular burger… grilled ½ lb.
burger topped with melted provolone cheese; smoked bacon and
Oatmeal Stout BBQ sauce.

3. Fat Tony’s Sausage Lasagna: Homemade lasagna
loaded with Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, roasted red
peppers, spinach, homemade marinara sauce and a blend
of ricotta, Parmesan, provolone and goat cheese.

Town Hall is a brew pub, so beverage options will abound—but you’re on your own there. If you’re bringing a spouse, let us know at check-in. We’ll collect $10 to cover him or her.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Any teachers or librarians want to be on a panel?

I'm looking for a couple teachers or librarians who've got experience booking authors and illustrators for visits. I'd like you to join a couple authors and illustrators on a panel about how technology, social networking, and blogging have affected school and library visits. I'm really interested in people who've got long perspective on this. All you'd need to do is sit there and answer questions and participate in the conversation. Shoot me an email at


More FAQs

With the conference just a week away (eeek!), I wanted to address a few more questions that are cropping up.

1) Is the conference at the hotel?

No. The conference will be held at Open Book (details at this post). Open Book is a short walk from the conference hotel but there will also be a shuttle available to take attendees to and from the hotel.

2) Can I register onsite?

Yes. However, onsite registration will be cash only; no checks or credit cards. To be perfectly honest, we're not set up to take cash so exact change ($45 in any combination of bills) is greatly appreciated.

3) What all is happening?

On Friday evening (October 22), conference attendees are invited to a wine and cheese reception to be held at Open Book at 6:00pm. At the reception, we will distribute name badges and conference packets. Following the reception, YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton will be giving a special presentation (free to conference attendees) to discuss critique partnerships and their online lives as writers.

On Saturday (October 23), check-in (for those who didn't get their packets the night before) will start at 7:30am. Maggie Stiefvater will give the keynote address at 8:10am. Following that will be a series of concurrent sessions addressing a variety of YA blogging topics. Lunch will be served (courtesy of HarperCollins) and books of attending authors will be sold (lunch is a great time to have these books signed as well). The conference will conclude around 5:00, followed by a social hour, a reading by local authors, and dinner at 7:00pm. The schedule is available here.

4) I'm thinking about offering to host the KidlitCon next year. Should I schedule it the same month as my wedding?

No. (Many, many thanks to Andrew and Ben for holding the fort while I indulged in nuptials.)


The Schedule (again)


Thanks for all the feedback. Hope this is clearer.

And don’t forget, Friday night at 6:00 at the conference site, there is a reception for conference attendees followed by a special talk by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff,and Tessa Gratton.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hotel update

The conference block is full, but the conference rate should be available again until Oct. 15 or until the hotel is totally booked, whichever comes first. So book now.

Other hotels in walking distance include:

The Aloft Hotel (across the street from the Loft; have heard they've got a low rate)

Here's a fuller list of nearby hotels (and by nearby I mean reasonably accessible from the Hiawatha Light Rail, which runs from the airport to downtown).

Finally, staying out by the airport or the Mall of America might get you cheaper rates and more options. Getting to the site by the Hiawatha Light Rail from either place is very easy. I'll post directions as we get closer.

Monday, October 4, 2010


I've heard that we may have filled up our block of conference-rate rooms--which is great, unless you don't have a room. I'm checking with the hotel on whether we might add rooms. Stay tuned. In any event, there are lots of nearby hotels. We'll get a Plan B if necessary.