Today was the 23rd Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth. I have attended about 10 of them. Dr. Carolyn Brodie, one of my favorite professors from library school, was in charge of the event. Eloise Greenfield, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Javaka Steptoe were featured authors and illustrators. I spent the day with Kay Wise, a librarian friend from my days in Portage County. She introduced me to illustrator Will Hillenbrand during a break. As you can see, he signed my program.