Hi all, I got back from San Diego late last night. Was speaking at the First Year Experience Conference. I was lucky enough to speak in the same block as two of my favorite authors.
First up. Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author, most recently of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash. A fantastic read.
Also: Blaine Harden, author of Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom In The West. This is one of the most fascinating, wrenching, and important stories I’ve ever read.
There were also two authors speaking with whom I wasn’t familiar, but who were dazzling, I can’t wait to read their books.
These were all people who cared about others for the right reasons. It was an honor to be there with them. Here’s a washed-out terrible photo of the five of us, with me looking all wild-eyed:
Also! My talk went great, and then I bumped into Colum McCann, who is pretty much the greatest writer around.
His charming accent alone was worth the trip. Now that I’m looking at these pictures, I’m realizing that I have a huge grin that I never get out unless I’m meeting authors.
Such a good weekend!