My magnificent colleague Maggie Melson (she's a children's/teen librarian at another branch in my district) has been the YALSA representative to the USBBY--United States Board on Books for Young people--for the last year. One of her tasks has been to book wonderful and engaging children's and/or YA authors for major conference programs. The USBBY program at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference looks to be amazing, as Elizabeth Wein (award-winning author of Code Name Verity) will be headlining.
As per the YALSA Blog, where Maggie shared details of the event, Wein will be giving a presentation titled “True Migration: Distance, Time, and the Writer’s Journey.” The talk looks at Wein's life (born in New York City, moved to England at the age of three, lived in Jamaica and then Pennsylvania) and questions how a lifetime of travel and living abroad have influenced both her worldview and her writing. She has lived in Scotland since the year 2000.
The talk sounds fascinating. If you've got time free on Saturday, June 29, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., then I hope you'll add this session to your conference scheduler.