Gaithersburg Book Festival (2014) -- Kathi Appelt, Uma Krishnaswami:
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Kathi Appelt is the author of "The Underneath," which received the Newbery Honor and the PEN USA Literary Award and was a National Book Award finalist. She is also the author of the National Book Award Long Listed Novel "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp" (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) and numerous picture books. Kathi is a member of the faculty at Vermont College’s Master of Fine Arts program. She has two grown children, lives in Texas with her husband and once helped her grandma raise a baby raccoon.
Uma Krishnaswami is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books for young readers, from picture books through novels, including the multiple-star-reviewed book, "The Grand Plan to Fix Everything," which Kirkus Reviews called "a delightful romp." Her latest novel, "The Problem With Being Slightly Heroic" (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), is a sequel to "The Grand Plan to Fix Everything" and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Uma is published in the USA, Canada, India and Australia, and is on the M.F.A. faculty in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in northwest New Mexico and travels regularly to India.
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2014 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Winchester, VA, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA),
Michigan to visit mom in the hospice before she died and then a return trip after she died, and
my 9th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles).
Ego strokes: Paul Dickson used one of my photos as the author photo in his book "Aphorisms: Words Wrought by Writers".
Number of photos taken this year: just over 470,000.
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