Conferences

ALA Chicago!

I happen to work at a library, but that’s not the real reason why I went to the American Library Association Annual Conference. Nope, the real reason was to meet authors and get ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies, or Advanced Review Copies, depending on who you talk to). I first went to ALA four years ago, the last time it was in Chicago—which makes it within driving distance and saves me the price of a plane ticket. If you’d like to relive that first trip to ALA, including the epic (in my mind) story of how I met John Green, click here.

And just as I was four years ago, this year I was again accompanied by my twin nieces, fellow book nerds Vicki and Savannah. What follows is the story of this year’s ALA—in pictures. . . .

We almost missed Sarah Dessen's signing. She was nice enough to stick around and sign all our books. Such a sweetheart!

We almost missed Sarah Dessen’s signing. She was nice enough to stick around and sign all our books. Such a sweetheart!

Next we hurried to see this amazing writer, Lois Lowry. She signed my copy of THE GIVER!

Next we hurried to see this amazing writer, Lois Lowry. She signed my copy of THE GIVER!

Me grinning like crazy because I LOVE Laurie Halse Anderson. She always takes the time to exchange kind words with everyone who comes to her signings. She's one of my author role models!

Me grinning like crazy because I LOVE Laurie Halse Anderson. She always takes the time to exchange kind words with everyone who comes to her signings. She’s one of my author role models!

Veronica Roth's signing had the longest line of the day. Here's the chic Veronica signing DIVERGENT for Savannah.

Veronica Roth’s signing had the longest line of the day. Here’s the chic Veronica signing DIVERGENT for Savannah.

Savannah got lots of compliments on her t-shirt (based on John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, just in case you've been living in a cave for the past year and a half). We missed seeing you at this ALA, John Green.  :(

Savannah got lots of compliments on her t-shirt (based on John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past year and a half). We missed seeing you at this ALA, John Green. 😦

I love meeting authors and mingling with so many cool book people. Thanks to all of you!! But I’m not a city girl, and being surrounded by that many people makes me a tad claustrophobic. I didn’t breathe easily until I was back in rural NW Illinois. Still, I hope to be back at ALA the next time it comes to Chicago! And I hope my lovely nieces will want to come too.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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