Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Salon & Conference Wrap-Up

So I know how much you all have missed me over the past week, but rest assured- I'm back!

I was away at the Massachusetts Library Association's annual conference, three days of books, authors, and librarians. I go every year, because it helps keep me in touch with the wider library world and because, as a local event, it's great for networking. I'm also in the midst of helping to plan a conference as well- the New England chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries is having an event in June- so it was a great time to chat with publishing folks and other vendors.

All in all it was a great success. Highlights included
  • getting a line on a potential speaker for the NEAJL conference,
  • meeting several publishing reps who will be assisting NEAJL with promotional materials,
  • seeing friends,
  • listening to a variety of authors from different genres, including the great Lynda Barry and several new-to-me folks like literary short-story writer Simon Van Booy, novelist Thrity Umrigar and urban-fantasy goddess Kim Harrison,
  • a fun presentation by author Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours,
  • picking up armloads of galleys and freebies, and
  • getting all the latest on what's going on in the Massachusetts library world.
It was a great three days. The bag pictured above was given out by library-services company and book jobber Baker & Taylor, an outfit many libraries (including my own) use for discounted ordering and other services. In addition to having cute pictures of cats, their bags are sturdy enough for a convention's worth of galleys and giveaways:
Those of you going to BEA or (ALA for that matter) will doubtless come back with more but I'm very pleased with my little haul. And with the whole event!
Today I'm looking forward to diving into my stash and figuring out what to read first!