I was also very privileged to interview MT Anderson and Mal Peet one on one which was incredible. Whip smart gents the both of them and frightfully funny.
Read about my experiences here - summary and more specifically the John Green / librarian scrum exchange here for those of you who haven't experienced my mortification already.
The SLV has posted the schedule for the 2011 conference and it is a beaut! May 27th-28th will be fun for the librarians, teachers, etc that attend.
Guests include (as originally listed on the Read Alert blog):
Cassandra Clare (US)
Rebecca Stead (US)
Delphine de Vigan (France)
Denis Wright (NZ)
Reading Matters doesn't have the freebie book distribution that the American conferences have on offer. To be honest, it isn't something that is missed. It's all about the fantastic panels and discussions that take place on stage and over a muffin.
The panels for 2011 are amazing:
Monsters ink: Ananda Braxton-Smith, Karen Healey, Kirsty Eager, Brenton McKenna
Damsels in distress: Leanne Hall, Lucy Christopher, Delphine de Vigan
Great expectations: Markus Zusak, Melina Marchetta, Cassandra Clare
Dangerous arrangements: Jane Burke, Kirsty Eager, Denis Wright
Love and other bruises: Melina Marchetta, Cath Crowley, Laura Buzo
Truth and dare: Jane Burke and Lucy Christopher
Genre bending: Oliver Phommavanh, Lili Wilkinson, Richard Newsome
While this sounds as fascinating and fantastic as it is sure to be, there is more. Authors give readings, performances accompany speeches and there is a reception where people can have a drink and a chat.
If you are Australian....have you booked yet? If you aren't, what panel makes you salivate?