June 29, 2008
I don't have much time, and I forgot to bring the cable that will let me transfer photos from my camera to my computer, so I can't share any pictures with you all yet, but I wanted to tell you that ALA is quite impressive. A little overwhelming - so much going on, so many people, so many BOOKS - but in a good way. I've scored some amazing ARCs (The Diamond of Darkhold - the final City of Ember book - and Inkdeath - the final Inkheart book, to name two high profile titles from this afternoon). And just by wandering around I lucked into some fabulous signed books (Looking for Alaska, Beige, A Brief Chapter in my Impossible life, and The Hunger Games, to again name just a few). My trunk is pretty much full - I think I'm going to have to put my suitcase in the back seat for the drive back up to San Jose. I'm not even joking - I really feel for the people who are flying back.
The publishers have been incredibly generous, especially Feiwel and Friends, who hosted a lovely gathering for the children's book bloggers yesterday, and Kane/Miller, who hosted Betsy Bird and I for dinner the other night. And it's been tremendously fun to meet some of the authors, too (especially the fun-loving LosLAYAs from LA and the authors I met at the YALSA coffee klatch). Some, like Mary Pearson, Jay Asher and Lisa Yee, I felt like I had known for years, from reading their blogs.
And of course, hanging out with other Kidlitosphere members is always a treat. It made me really look forward to the conference in Portland in September. You all have to come - it's such a joy to talk about books and reading with true kindred spirits.
OK, I have to go get ready for the Newbery/Caldecott banquet, where I'm meeting Susan from Wizards Wireless. I'll be back, with photos and more detail, when I get home. But you can see one picture of me from the conference at Fuse #8.