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Children's Literature Festival: Warrensburg, MO - March 16 - 18, 2014
35 children's book authors and illustrators gathered for the 46th Annual Children's Literature Festival at the University of Central Missouri.

 

 

Carole Adler and Terry Trueman

 

 

William Anderson

 

 

Obert Skye and Mary Casanova

 

 

Claire Caterer

 

 

Antony John and Henry Cole

 

 

Claire Caterer, Sneed Collard, Brad Sneed

 

 

Jan Greenberg

 

 

Vicki Grove

 

 

Claudia Mills and Mary Downing Hahn

 

 

Kelly Milner Halls and Marsha Hayles

 

 

Cheryl Harness

 

 

David Harrison

 

 

Marsha Hayles

 

 

Patricia Hermes (with some of her young fans)

 

 

Ard Hoyt

 

 

Antony John and Marsha Hayles

 

 

Veda Boyd Jones

 

 

Veda Boyd Jones and Sneed Collard

 

 

Brian Katcher

 

 

James Kennedy (before his coffee?)

 

 

James Kennedy (after perhaps a bit too much coffee?)

 

 

Michelle Markel, Mary Downing Hahn, William Anderson

 

 

Claudia Mills

 

 

Dorinda Nicholson and Veda Boyd Jones

 

 

Brenda Seabrooke

 

 

Regina Sirois

 

 

Marsha Hayles and Obert Skye

 

 

Marie Smith

 

 

Roland Smith

 

 

Brad Sneed

 

 

Michael Spradlin

 

 

Stephanie Tolan

 

 

Roderick Townley

 

 

Terry Trueman

 

 

J.B. Cheaney and VVV

 

 

June Rae Wood

 

The festival is organized by Naomi Williamson (far right) and an army of volunteers...

 

...in some cases including whole families!

 

 

Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, a big supporter.

 

 

 

The Festival starts on Sunday with a luncheon--with author-specific centerpieces for each table.

 

Henry Cole gave the lunch-time presentation.

Monday:  Volunteers get ready for the 5,000 visitors expected over the next two days!

 

My efficient and tireless helpers for Monday.

 

 

9 AM session

 

 

10 AM session

 

 

 

11 AM--lunch break.

 

 

12 PM session

 

1 PM--free session.  I went to hear Kelly Milner Halls.

 

 

2 PM session

 

In the evening, authors and volunteers gathered in the John C. Kirkpatrick Library

 

 

(It WAS St. Patrick's Day.)

Surprise!  Dorinda Nicholson (in back) arranged for the Missouri Humanities Council to give out 2 of the 2014 Missouri Humanities Awards on this special evening--to Naomi Williamson (for Exemplary Community Achievement)...

...and to Cheryl Harness (Distinguished Literary Achievement).

Yay! to Naomi and Cheryl for being recognized for their contributions!

Yay! to Dorinda for organizing for a representative from the Humanities Council to agree to drive 4 hours so that we could witness the presentation!

 

 

 

The clever volunteers set up displays of our books...

 

Tuesday's energetic and helpful volunteers

 

 

9 AM session

 

 

10 AM session

 

 

11 AM lunch break

 

A brief peek into Ard Hoyt's session

 

...and eavesdropping on Henry Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

12 PM session

 

1 PM session--free session.  I visited Patricia Hermes.

 

 

2 PM session

 

Kelly, Vivian, and Marsha try to take a selfie...

And now we return to that first picture: Kelly, Vivian, and long-time-Festival volunteer Angie.

 

So what's the significance of this picture?

 

Kelly has written a book called Ghostly Evidence, which will be published in October 2014.

I would never spoil a secret.

But there's something about me in that book, and there's something about Angie...