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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - National Book Festival
National Book Festival 
Went to the National Book Festival this past weekend and it was absolutely amazing. Had breakfast at the White House, hung out with the ingenious M.T. Anderson, met Holly Black and David Weisman and Jacqueline Wilson and a whole host of brilliant authors, and even saw the Magic School Bus. (Unfortunately, it did not change into a bumblebee or anything.) I'm exhausted, but in a good way.

My one regret was getting to the Gala at the Library of Congress on Friday night too early. It was a fancy black-tie affair, and I'd heard horror stories about DC traffic, so I left about 45 minutes earlier than I should have. As luck would have it, there wasn't any traffic to speak of, so I got there an hour early. I whiled away the time standing awkwardly in the corner, making trips to the bathroom to check on my hair, and feigning interest in how the AV crew was handling the speaker set-up. Reminded me of being a 7th grader at junior high dances, not knowing the importance of fashionable lateness. But still, I got to have dinner at the Library of Congress, so I can't really complain.

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