A record snowstorm in Denver put a chill on attendance at the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) conference, but the teachers, librarians and exhibitors were nothing less than warm.
Last Thursday, I presented to an audience of about 40 mostly Colorado teachers, some whom had aspirations of becoming an author. Then on Friday, after a slow, icy drive behind snow plows, I arrived safely at the conference center and manned the SCBWI booth in the Exhibit Hall. Attendance was light that day (I didn’t sell any books), but I made a few contacts that may result in school visits. Later I attended the luncheon featuring Patricia MacLachlan, the author of the beloved story, Sarah, Plain and Tall.
But the real reason I was at the luncheon was to support and applaud my buddy, Mary Nethery, who received the Colorado Children’s Book Award for her book, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, Marine & a Miracle. Her co-author couldn’t attend, so Mary graciously accepted the award. Afterwards, I drove home in the record-breaking snowstorm, glad to be home, but also glad to have made good contacts at the conference and to have reconnected with my writer friend, Mary.