This year, the American Library Association held it’s conference near me in San Francisco. This is the conference where they hand out their awards. Though I didn’t attend any of the workshops or events, walking the floor felt like a celebration of publishing. How could I miss that?!
ALA is completely overwhelming. Luckily, one of the first people I ran into were Debbie Ohi and Hazel Mitchell.
|Photo by Debbie Ohi|
|Hazel and Tracy|
|I finally got to meet Dan Santat’s wife, Leah.|
I was on my own for the first day, but luckily, met Cindy Derby! We hung out all day and had a blast. Later I finally me Meg Fleming in person!
|Cindy Derby, me, Lea Lyon, Meg Fleming, Pam Turner|
|We found Renee Kurilla, too!!!|
Tracy has been swamped in deadlines lately, so she wasn’t able to go the first day, but I wore her down and got her to go the second day. How could she not visit her books on display at ALA?
|Here we are on a very loud and celebratory train full of gay pride partiers.|
|Not the Quitting Kind, illustrated by Tracy Bishop|
|Pipsie illustrated by Tracy Bishop|
I thought the SCBWI LA conference was like being in a live version of Twitter, but the ALA conference is even more so. Every time I turned around there was someone I know, follow, or have heard of. I talked to everyone! Half the time I made no sense, but I really didn’t care. It was wonderful.
|Arree Chung of Live in a Story and author/illustrator of Ninja!|
Did you see this pic on Publisher’s Weekly? I loved meeting Salina Yoon!!! She’s the best!
|How adorable are they? Philip and Erin Stead.|
And I met Linette Kim from the Bloomsbury marketing team. I have an announcement coming about this soon. She had me in tears!