THE INCREDIBLE EXHIBIT HALL (here come the pictures)!
Walking through the lovely Oregon Conference Center with a crowd of librarians en route to the exhibit hall (left) and a view of some exhibits from one of the entryways (right).
A few highlights of Wednesday and Thursday: Visiting in the Rosen Publishing Booth (left); Getting my coping of CHASING BROOKLYN signed by the charming Lisa Schroeder, flanked by Simon & Schuster's Anica Rissi and Laura Antonacci (center); Posing with a bear called "Pennington" (don't ask 'cause I don't know) (right). Equally fun (though not pictured here): Shaking hands with America's best-known librarian, the spunky Nancy Pearl; hanging out with editor extraordinaire Susan Chang in the Tor Books booth; and listening to the panel discussion, "Crossover Advisory: Adult Books for Teens and Teen Books for Adults" (more on this soon).
And here are just a few of the ARCs I picked up. So much to read, so little time...
I'll write a more thoughtful recap soon, but will close today by saying that if a library or educator conference is coming to your part of the country, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. Exhibit passes are inexpensive and what you learn about the book business can be invaluable. Visit the American Library Association, Public Library Association, and International Reading Association websites to look for opportunities to explore the world of books and meet the incredible people who market and sell your work. Have a great weekend!