More than 700 librarians, teachers, teacher-librarians, authors and illustrators and children's lit experts are gathered to talk about and celebrate Canadian Children's Literature.
Last night Ron Job gave a wide ranging presentation about the achievements and challenges of the children's literature field in Canada today. Great visuals, a few self=deprecating jokes, lots of 'Jobian Moments' - all in something for everyone to think about as the conference-proper starts today with a whole host of presentations by an impressive list of authors and illustrators.
Can't wait to get at it. And wonder how long I will last. The Calgary HI hostel is handy -and cheaper than the big hotels around the conference centre. But noisy. So with about four hours sleep I will have to work hard to stay alert to get the full benefit of the expertise and experience at hand.