I (as well as quite a few of you) am a fan of John Green. I was introduced to him via his amazingly funny story in the Christmas collection, "Let it Snow" (see my book talk here) And after that I developed a love for his books and a totally crippling case of author awe that I didn't know I had until this weekend.
Yep, John Green was in D.C. this weekend. Have any of you met your favorite author before? I have met authors before and always end up saying things like "I love your book so much that I carry it around in my bag in case of nuclear apocalypse"..... you know us librarians--- we're passionate, but man are we nerdy...
|John Green and our TAB teens in 2008|
So, I was determined to meet John Green. I had to because our TAB teens had recorded a hello to him. Many of them had already met him two years ago when he visited Arlington library and talked about An Abundance of Katherines (Are you in high school? Have you read this book? What are you waiting for?).
Anyway, if you watch the video above, you will see John Green talking about the future of publishing at a long table with David Levithan. There I was, two tables away... this was my first shot to talk to him. And I ....
didn't do it. I almost did, but ... what can I say, I'm a chicken... there is no photographic evidence of this chickening out, so I will move on.
Anyway, this was not my only incident of immense chicken-ness. At the booth for Penguin Young Readers Group, John Green and David Levithan were signing their fantastic new book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Here is me, chickening out...again.
|Not brave enough to turn around.|
Also David Levithan and I totally called each other to discuss outfits, clearly.
|Looking petrified... nope, still not getting in that line.|
|This Pizza is delicious, but it did not contain|
anything that made me more courageous.
This could almost have been how this story ended, a cautionary tale of almost, but not quite meeting my favorite author.
Thank goodness there was one more day of the conference.
There I was, minding my own business, when I happened to walk by that very same Penguin Young Readers Group booth. It was very empty, but I noticed two very nice librarians that I knew from grad school were in the booth. As I got a little closer, I realized they were talking to someone.... It was John Green! Before I could turn around and run (which would have made this blog post officially depressing), they spotted me and called me over. With the author looking at me, I had no choice. I went over.... and said hello...
Something besides the fact that your librarian is a total wuss...