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One More ALA Link

While at the Newbery/Caldecott banquet at ALA last month (well, during the cocktail hour beforehand), Jim Averbeck and Maria van Lieshout, together with guest interviewer Betsy Bird, "rolled out the red carpet to interview the gLiterati of the kidlit world" (Jim's words). They've now posted most of their videos at a special site called On the Red Carpet. Can you believe that I'm gLiterati?? I'm actually included (with Betsy and Susan Kusel) in the Project ALA video, in which attendees are interviewed about their clothing, and then given the thumbs up or thumbs down by a panel of judges (spliced in - you have to see it). It's pretty funny. Though, alas, my Macy's dress didn't make the cut. But just being in the same video with people like Jon Scieszka and Roger Sutton, among many others, is quite a trip. Jim and Maria also have more in-depth interviews posted of a variety of people - the site is well worth checking out!