I Found My Savvy in Naperville

Let me just preface this by saying that September has not been kind to me.  Somebody hit my car and drove away, my apartment parking lot flooded, the check engine light is on in my car, work is knocking me on my ass, the spiders are back, my best friend’s cat died, and I spent 45 minutes today scraping dried egg off my car.  Yeah, that’s right……I can’t even afford to buy eggs to eat and somebody tossed them all over my car.  I wish I could have know, I would have stood out there and tried to catch them.  Maybe I could have had an egg salad sandwich.

But all of that was made better by the fact that last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the most awesome conference in the history of the world (except of course for the Harry Potter conferences, which will forever remain the best).  I went to the YA Literature Conference put on by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.  I don’t even know if I can find words to describe how awesome it actually was, but I will try.

I knew that Suzanne Collins was going to be there, but I hadn’t looked at the flyer in a long time, so I really couldn’t remember any of the other authors.  Imagine my shock when I opened up the schedule and saw that Ingrid Law (the author of Savvy, duh!) was one of the presenters.  I literally screamed in the middle of the Holiday Inn Ballroom.  Thankfully, my friend Abby was just as excited about YA lit as I was, so she didn’t judge me (at least if she did, she pretended not to).

When I went up to Ms. Law and got her to autograph my book, I actually got a little teary, but I don’t think anyone noticed.  It was just so cool to meet her and get to tell her how much I loved her book.  You don’t usually get to do things like that in life.  During her presentation, she said she just wrote down the first sentence that popped into her head and that became the first sentence of the book.  She wasn’t quite sure where the story would go from there, which makes the book all the more amazing.  (The first sentence is quite a doozy to just pull out of thin air.  You should buy the book and see for yourself what I mean).

Here is a pretty picture of all my books that I got (two of them for free!):

Here is a list of all the people that I got to hear speak:

Suzanne Collins (duh, you should all know who she is)

Ellen Klages (wrote the amazing historical fiction novel The Green Glass Sea and its follow-up that I can’t wait to read White Sands, Red Menace)

Holly Black (wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles and the new graphic novel The Good Neighbors, plus an all around bad ass)

Nancy Werlin (wrote the incredible new book Impossible and made me cry during her speech)

Paula Yoo (cutest woman ever!  her speech was so great that I had to buy her book Good Enough……and she played the violin)

Cameron Tuttle (very funny lady who wrote the new book Paisley Hanover Acts Out)

Ingrid Law (Yippee!!)

John Stokes (one of the only remaining members of a group of students who went on strike against segregation, he wrote Students on Strike)

Caroline (B.) Cooney (wrote the Face on the Milk Carton!!!)

All that was crammed into one day (with no time for bathroom breaks).  I had a great time and even ran into a friend from library school (Hey John!).  I walked away with lots of free stuff and a renewed passion for books.  It was worth every penny of the money I spent on it (because my library doesn’t pay for frivilous stuff like that) and I can’t wait to go to the author’s breakfast in February.  I hear someone named Meg Cabot is going to be there……….hmmmmm…… where have I heard of her before???

Jen

I will leave you all with pics of my autographed books:

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9 Responses to “I Found My Savvy in Naperville”


  1. 1 ngtlindsay October 2, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Meg Cabot!!! When!!! Where!!! OMGM OMG OMG OMG OMG I totally need to meet her!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer October 2, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I think it is Saturday the 21st of February. It is the Children’s Literature Authors Breakfast and it is usually around $65 to attend. Abby and I are both going so if you want to come up for it you can definitely stay with me!!!

  3. 3 ngtamber October 2, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Yeah, I think we have to go. It is required of NerdGirlTalking.

  4. 4 Jill October 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Oh so many things to be jealous of in this post — how you got to see/meet all of those other YA authors, awesome autographed books, Meg Cabot! I read sooo much Caroline B. Cooney when I was younger. I hope I get to go to awesome conferences when I am a children/YA librarian!

  5. 5 ngtjennifer October 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Caroline Cooney was so cool! She was well-spoken and funny and her speech was really touching. I read all of her books when I was younger too. I think that all of you should come up for the breakfast in February. Also, Anderson’s has huge authors come through all the time, so if you ever want to make the trip, my place is always open. Naperville is only 30 minutes away.

  6. 6 Ingrid October 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Jennifer! Do you need a new best friend? :)

    I happened across your blog tonight and it made my day. Thank you for loving Savvy so much. I’m glad I could sign your book in Naperville!

    Best to you,

    Ingrid Law

  7. 7 ngtjennifer October 3, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, Ingrid, I will definitely be your new best friend! I’ve been lucky to read a lot of awesome books lately, but Savvy stands out above the crowd.

    Your comment was enough to make my whole month! I can’t wait to read the follow up novel!

  8. 8 ngtamber October 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    OMG, Jen, you have the coolest new best friend ever! I will now totally claim to be Ingrid Law’s friend by association–hope she doesn’t mind.


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