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American Library Association Convention in Washington, DC

Oh, well, I didn't get to see Edie at ALA. I looked for her at the Newbery/Caldecott dinner, but the place was packed. I, however, enjoyed myself at the conference. Here is what I did:

Friday--In the morning, I walked the floor. In the afternoon I spent my regular five hours with my editor discussing Picasso and other stories I had sent her. My editor and I ate dinner at The Fish Grille with the marketing director and illustrator Bill Thomson. Later my husband joined us for drinks.

Saturday--My husband and I spent the day touring DC. It was over 100 degrees. Between that and all the marble at the Supreme Court, I thought I was going to faint.

Sunday--I received the Pura Belpre Honor Award for Diego: Bigger Than Life at a ceremony held at the gorgeous Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. My sister surprised me by being there with two of our friends. Harold Underdown and his family, and the daughter of a good friend of mine came too! David Diaz and I signed. Then we all ran to changed clothes to go to the Newbery/Caldecott.

Monday--Tom Gonzalez and I signed Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice. That evening Marshall Cavendish threw a dinner party for me and the Pura Belpre committee. It was held at a gorgeous Spanish restaurant.