SCBWI: January 2010. Hilton, Manhattan.
This was my first writer's conference and very much worth the time and the drive up from Framingham on a cold, winter day.  New York was reeling from a recent heavy snowfall, the remnants of which were largely evident in the roadways.   My husband and I stayed a 20 minute walking distance away and while I attended the Saturday session, he spent good time touring the museums. 
Heard a lot of great  speakers--  Lois Lowry, Sarah Zarr, R. L. Stine, Jane Yolen, Grace Lin, among others.  Very inspiring!  The banquet hall was buzzing  with electric energy and vibrant enthusiasm.  I must say it was a good feeling to be in attendance as a soon-to-be-published author. Looking forward to possibly attending SCBWI 2011. 

SABA Thursday  October 16- Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Madison Concord Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin.
I had the distinct honor to be invited by SABA to Madison, Wisconsin, to receive the 2014 Honor Award for The Garden of My Imaan.
I arrived in Madison on Thursday.  A Friday school visit to the Oregon Middle and High Schools was arranged by Ms. Lou Kindschi, teacher at Oregon Middle School. 
On Friday night there was a recognition at the Annual Conference on South Asia All Conference dinner at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  I had the pleasure to sit with Rachel Weiss, assistant director, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, and with  Jennifer Bradbury, and Elizabeth Suneby, winners of the 2014  SABA Awards 
The award ceremony was at 3 PM in the Central Library on Saturday, October 18.  The ceremony was one of the featured events at the Madison Book Festival.  Following the award ceremony, there was a lovely dinner with past and present SABA and SANOC members and other guests. 
Saturday morning I enjoyed a lovely tour of the State Capitol and visited the famous farmer's market. do I rotate these pictures taken at the Farmers' Market? OK...figured it out....Yay!And this is how to do it...right click on picture in Picture library, click edit option, then click rotate 90 degrees!  Feeling good right now!


Visit the link below to view pictures from the award ceremony! You will need to highlight, then right click for the option that will take you to the site.  Sorry....I am still trying to get a hang of creating a webpage!!  Now.... where on earth are the photographs of the award ceremony I remember so vividly storing in my IPhone.....Hmmm?

Solstice Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College 400  Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Meg Kearney, director
Friday, January 8, 2016

I had the good fortune to be invited by Meg to lead a ES&S session during which I shared some perspectives on being a writer of multicultural fiction.  The session was followed by a book reading from The Garden of my Imaan,  later in the evening as part of  the January 2016 Reading Series.  Reading along with me were Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of  five poetry collections, including Silverstone) and Laura Williams McCaffrey, (author of three speculative fiction/YA novels including the forthcoming, Marked)
Pine Manor is a small, private four year liberal arts college.  Its historic campus is situated on 50 wooded acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, just off Rte 9.  
Thank you, Meg, for this wonderful opportunity to visit your beautiful campus.

July 8-11 ILA Conference, Hynes Convention Center, Boston,MA

Saturday, July 9, 3-5 PM : Author meet up

Sunday, July 10: Book signing at the Anderson and Peachtree booths.

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2. Melissa Whitehead (Peachtree)  3. Laura (Peachtree)   4. Bill Harley (Charlie Bumpers vs the Little Turkey)   

5. Eric Litwin (Groovey Joe, Ice Cream and Dinosaurs #1)    6. Jonah Winter (You never heard of  Casey Stengel?)                                                                                                                                          



 Not long ago, Linda Sue Park was key note speaker at a SCBWI conference and I, one of several hundreds in the audience.  I spoke to her in passing at the Author Meetup (3-5 PM).  She was a primary level author, and I, mid level.  Grace Lin was there too among several other authors. During these fast paced, high energy sessions, we, the authors spend 10 minutes with the attendees, presenting our books and answering questions, and moving from table to table.  Pretty amazing experience!