I've been putting off my recap of ALA for a few days because, well, I needed to recover, and also because I wasn't really sure where to start. ALA was my first really big book event of this kind and I wasn't sure to expect. The crowds didn't worry me too much because I've been to Comic Con and, after that, I am pretty much prepared for anything. But I wasn't sure what to expect from the publishers and authors and the other people I would meet there. Would I get the stink eye because I wasn't a librarian or even a well known blogger? Happily my fears were for naught because most everyone was super friendly and more than happy to talk books with me. I ran into a lot of people I knew as well, which was a lot of fun. And the books. So. Many. Books. The publishers were very generous and there were lots of book/ARC as well as some books for sale. Most people were very polite and there were few instances (at least that I witnessed) of rude behavior. And I tried really hard to get only titles that I actually wanted to read. Even so, I came home with a lot of books.
I am too tired at the moment to write too much but here are a bunch of pictures from Friday, the first day of ALA. Tune in again to see what happened on Sat and Sun!
|waiting for the exhibit floor to open|
|oooh i spy shannon messenger|
|this is the crowd waiting for the doors|
|jackson pearce signing fathomless!|
|i love jackson's facial expressions. here she is with kimberly.|
|the little brown booth. they were super nice.|
|glorious random house wall of books|
|giant spire of the fire chronicle by john stephens|
|penguin adult was swamped on day 1. they had tons of galleys on the floor.|
|mike mullin made me chop a block. |
unfortunately i seem to have lost my signed copy of ashen winter. :(
|mike mullin with his black belt|
|rae carson signing girl of fire and thorns. sadly they ran out of crown of embers arcs|
but it was still good to see her.
|friday book haul (some of these are purchases)|
By the time the floor closed on Friday, we all wanted to pass out. It was so much fun and a little crazy. I'll have more pics and recap-y goodness in my next post.
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