This year's Diversity Social featured a kind of professional speed-dating: attendees had a chance to meet and talk to agents and editors in a format that required every group to change every eight minutes. It was a little chaotic, but everyone got to meet a lot many of the more than 80 attendees.
The social was supposed to end at 9 PM, but the room was still full of conversation, laughter and connection at 10 PM.
Thanks to all of the agents and editors who spent the evening with us; special thanks to the published authors who came to give their support: Ibi Zoboi, Phil Stamper, Mark Oshiro, Emma Otheguy, Meg Medina (this year's Newberry Award-winner!), Pat Cummings and Linda Sue Park. Your encouragement is everything!
Special thanks to the people who helped me put the Social together:
- Alexandra Penfold and Linda Camacho spread the word in the agent community
- Bradleigh Walker organized and set up
- My mom and her friend, Mohammed the cab driver, delivered the snacks that I left at the door to my apartment.
I'm so grateful to you!