Library Association Gigs: TXLA, CLA, RLA, ALA

On Saturday, April 14th, I'll sign copies of Rickshaw Girl at the Texas Library Association Convention in San Antonio (expected temperature in the seventies, wahoo!) from 10-11 a.m. in the Author's Area, and in booth 2519 from 11-noon. (Remember this sweepstakes in School Library Journal? Well, Leal Middle School in San Antonio won, so I'll be speaking to their students on Friday, April 13th.)

Next comes the Connecticut Library Assocation's conference on Monday, April 16th, where my talk, "Books Between Cultures," will be sandwiched between two presentations by the brilliant storyteller and writer Joseph Bruchac.

On Friday, June 8th, I'll be addressing a kaboodle of librarians at the Rhode Island Library Association's annual conference in Providence.

And finally, I'll be signing copies of Rickshaw Girl at the American Library Association's Annual Convention on Saturday, June 23rd in Washington D.C. Breaking news: On Saturday afternoon, June 23rd, the D.C. Public Library (a short walk from the Convention Center) is hosting a book launch party for First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (Dutton, June 2007). More to come on that, as we're hoping to provide a brief bhangra lesson and demo, and I plan to invite my old professor to attend, Dr. Condoleeza Rice. (Hey, I slaved for those As in her classes; it doesn't hurt to ask, right?) Kid lit bloggers going to ALA -- this would also be the perfect venue to meet and schmooze with each other ...