Yes, I know I've actually had lots of photos in my posts. But this is the first time I added one 100% by myself! Okay, actually that's not QUITE true...my friend Valynne actually took the picture, and then emailed it to me. But I was the one to figure out how to post it. That counts for something, right? Below, feast your eyes on young adult writing sensation Laurie Halse Anderson! I first fell in love with her stunning novel Speak in 1999. Now not only is Speak a YA classic, its ten-year-anniversary is a phenomenon! The message on my lovely lapel button? Speak up about Speak. I got to speak up about Speak to the LHA herself, when she came to a signing in my own city. Not only did I get to mingle with other writers, other readers, and a bunch of cool people in general, I actually got to hear the LHA speak (not just about Speak--in fact, mainly about her breathtaking new book, Wintergirls).
Do I look as thrilled as I felt? (FYI: I was pretty darn thrilled)