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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I've quite lierally just hopped off the train here in NYC after the ALA conference in Washington DC. While I was there, I got to meet lots and lots of fabulous NINJA LIBRARIANS, saw other authors, and even saw some old friends!

I’ve made a little video of the Printz Awards ceremony, which is pretty much focused on John Green. I wish I could show you all of the other great speeches that I heard. And I hate speeches, so these were really good for me to be saying that.

While I was at ALA, several people asked me about Free Monkey. His World Tour webpage is here. He maintains this himself, with the help of his new friends from the tour. But here are two pictures from his most recent stop in my hometown, Philadelphia, PA.

FREE MONKEY enjoys some fine Philadelphia cuisine . . . a cheese steak from Geno's.

Everyone in Philadelphia dresses like this.

It was exciting to talk to so many librarians about the Battle of Bartlesville. More thoughts on this, and my future moves, later, when I put up a longer post.

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Blogger heidi said...

Yay Maureen the movie director! That was great--thanks so much. You did trick me though. I *almost* thought you'd flash a quick shot of the elusive dark-haired Yeti as the last cliip. Oh, well, maybe next year's Printz ceremony. Thanks again!!

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Daphne Unfeasible said...

I always stay for the end of the credits. I like to give props to the 2nd 2nd Assistant Director.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Malcolm Tredinnick said...

Somebody's been practicing hard with imovie. All looked very professional.

That was some pretty impressive camera work filming the speech, too. Keeping things steady from so far away isn't easy. Nice work.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Joanna said...

You, Maureen Johnson, are dark and twisted.

And where I come from, that's a compliment.


8:55 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I LOVED the vid!! And the ending credits. :-)

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Kiersten said...

i was laughing at your ending credits. I really thought that you would throw something in at the end. Actually, a lot of people do dress that way in Philadelphia. We saw on person dressed up like that talking on their cell phone. It was pretty funny.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i know this is random but have to mention it, i was in in ny the other week, and i saw the weird cowboy dude who said happy birthday to hank! how random is that he was taking pictures with people in time square or whatever. it was SO WEIRD.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Jez said...

Great vid Maureen! I loved it, you could actually understand what John was saying in his speech, unlike the part he posted in *his* vid.

And the music was fantastique!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Allie Beckaliciousness =) said...

MAUREEN! Hi! i loved the video. you should totally go into filmmaking. and i know this is completely off topic, but in the latest PB TEEN (Pottery Barn Teen -- i honestly don't know why i get it...) there's a shelf with a ton of books on it and THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD IS ON IT. i thought it was the coolest thing ever cause i was like "THAT'S BY MAUREEN JOHNSON AND I READ HER BLOG OMG I HAVE TO COMMENT."

=) just letting you know you're such an icon to us teens that YOU'RE IN A FURNITURE MAGAZINE! WOOOAHH!

k thanks! <3 ALLIE

4:52 AM  
Blogger Bitsy said...

I must say that that was absolutely HILARIOUS!

Very nice it sure is nice to know that the authors of the books I read so much have a pretty sweet sense of humor

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Maureen! You're in Neil Gaimon's blog AGAIN!

Great work, sista.

Also, Daddy Green is a hunk and a half. Your video skillz astound me.

I love you,

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Ali said...

Awww...I was in Philly this week! I wish I could have seen Free Monkey!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Is Cecil saying, "We're going to watch the boys win" or "We're going to watch the goys win"?

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

So I have a question. Now that June is over does that mean you're not giving any more copies of Girl At Sea away? Or are you doing that throughout the rest of the summer?

9:04 PM  
Blogger La Reina said...

*I love Philly.

Mostly Phillies games, however.

*Is currently stuck in a suburb of Harrisburg. Think...April 1979 (Is that it?)


9:27 PM  
Anonymous Meghan said...

"Everyone in Philadelphia dresses like this."
For some reason I thought that was hilarious. I guess its because I'm from Philly.

4:07 AM  
Blogger Trixie said...

In response to Allie's comment:

OMIGOD I LOVE LOOKING AT THE SHELVES! Mostly I find a lot of Clique and A List, and while those are nice mindless reads, it's cool to see some of my favorite books. Like, once, there was I think The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, by Jaclyn Moriarty.

I wish I worked at PBTeen, just to decorate those rooms. Also, I wish I worked at Jell-O Headquarters to solve that pesky problem with Jell-o. You know, how it takes like 4 hours to make jello but only 5 minutes to make pudding? Someone needs to fix that. I want to fix it. I'd be totally famous and I'd make everyone's lives so much easier.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

Eek! The bookbanners strike again! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is being challenged by disgruntled parents in New York. It's explained on Julie P.'s LJ on the June 26th entry. There is an address listed to contact the school district as well.


8:52 PM  

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