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A few tidbits: this October, the U.S. Board on Books for Young People will be holding a Regional Conference at the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature in Fresno, featuring a number of local California writers as well as international authors. I wish I'd known about it earlier!
And, speaking of children's literature events and other book festivals, if you're looking for lists of such things, check this post on Chris Barton's website and this Read.gov list of book festivals by state.
Lastly, here's a graphic novel I desperately want to read (thanks to GraphicNovelReporter for the tip): it's called Habibi, by Craig Thompson, and the book's website describes it as "a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling."