Packing for Philadelphia: My Schedule for NCTE

On Thursday, I’m flying to Philadelphia for NCTE. For my mom and other people who won’t immediately recognize the acronym, that’s the annual conference for the National Council of Teachers of English. It’s hard for me to even type this without bouncing just a little, because even though I’m an English teacher, I’ve never been to this conference before. There will be lots of people there whose work I’ve admired and used in my classroom for a long, long time.

I’m also speaking and signing copies of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. and if you’re in Philadelphia, too, I’d love to see you. Here’s where I’ll be:


Stories and Standards
I’m presenting as part of a panel discussion on pairing historical and scientific fiction with nonfiction, along with Loree Griffin Burns, Jenny Moss, and Tanya Lee Stone. The fabulous Teri Lesesne, aka , is facilitating our panel.
Room 107B, Street Level

Friday: 5:30-6:00
Signing THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. at the Walker/Bloomsbury booth. Jenny will be signing WINNIE’S WAR then, too!

Saturday: 9:30-10:30
Signing THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. at the Walker/Bloomsbury booth with Jenny and Winnie again!

Saturday: 11:45-12:15
I’m being interviewed for the IRA ReadWriteThink podcast. After that, I will likely be enjoying a convention center sort of salad or wrap if anyone wants to join me.

Saturday: 2:30-3:40
Grand Ballroom Salon E, 5th Floor
Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
21 N. Juniper St.
Middle Level Mosaic Workshop: BE the book!
I’ll be one of a whole bunch of authors at this event. Click here for an overview of the Middle Level Mosaic, with a full list of authors.

9 Replies on “Packing for Philadelphia: My Schedule for NCTE

  1. my first ncte, second ALAN workshop

    I’m going to NCTE Saturday and Sunday! I couldn’t, in good conscience ask for Thurs. & Fri. on top of Mon. & Tues. before Thanksgiving! lol. There will be plenty on the weekend! I missed you at ALA but will make sure to say, “Hi” on Saturday. Have fun!

  2. Funny that I’ve never made it there as just a teacher – but I’m double-thrilled to be there as a teacher-author this year, and happily, I have time to wear both hats.

  3. Re: my first ncte, second ALAN workshop

    Oh good! So glad we’ll have a chance to meet – will you be at the Middle Level Mosaic? (I’d be excited about that even if I weren’t one of the authors – sounds like such a fun event!)

  4. Have fun! I wish I could go.
    Good luck with your panel.
    Say hi to Jenny Moss for me.

    Shelley Tanaka, my advisor, also said she is going to NCTE, for her Orbis Pictus Award. Say hi to her, if you see her.

  5. Well, I’ll definitely see Jenny! (exciting because we’re Walker sisters & have been friends online all year but never met in person!) and I’ll look for Shelley to say hello. Thanks, Sarah!