July 2002 – Newbery: Monday, June 17

Another signing for Clarion Monday morning, a quick bite to eat with Dinah, and then on to dessert with a group of writers and librarians, where we laughed until our sides ached. The day finished with a dinner given by Clarion for the Newbery committee, my parents, and me. It was held in a private room at the Ritz. I got to change seats with every course so I had a chance to visit with everyone. With the speech behind me, I felt relaxed and so happy to be able to chat with the committee members. It was a perfect evening.

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With Deb Shapiro, now of Simon & Schuster’s publicity department, but then my own personal Girl Friday.

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With my parents and THE Committee!
From left, standing: Ken Setterington, Deborah Taylor, Vaunda Nelson, Chair Kathleen Odean, Gail Nordstrom, Joanne Jonas, Elizabeth Overmyer, my dad, Patty Carleton, my mom, Louise Sherman, Vicky Smith, Sharon Harvey, Junko Yokota; seated from left: Jeri Kladder, me holding the Medal (my dad let me borrow it), Roxanne Feldman, Lisa Falk.

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My mom imparts some secret wisdom of inestimable value to me (probably something like, “Your slip is showing…”)

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With my All-Girl band: From left, standing: Lynne Polvino, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Deb Shapiro,
Michele Coppola, Jennifer Greene, Marjorie Naughton, Virginia Buckley, all of Houghton Mifflin/Clarion;
Ginger Knowlton, me, Dinah Stevenson.

Tuesday, July 18

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