I’m still having fun at ALA. I wish you’d take out an envelope and put $1 in it. There, that wasn’t so bad. Just put another one in every day and you’ll have enough for your flight to Denver next January for ALA Midwinter. Put in a couple more $’s and you’ll have your hotel room saved plus registration costs. Conference doesn’t have to cost as much as we spend. I left TN with $21 and am still doing well.
There are enough free meals if you are willing to give someone else your opinion or serve on a committee. Vendors are keeping me supplied with candies, cake, and even diet Pepsi’s. There’s coffee in my hotel room so I can avoid the Starbucks grande Mocha with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Remember how I enjoyed Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It? I was simply strolling down the aisles, minding my own business when The Dead & The Gone jumped off the counter, whacked me across the forehead, and tried to slide into my purse. What’s this? The book wants to go home with me I pled with the sales clerks. They assured me that for only $5 that book could be mine.
Readers, I had to buy it. It looked so needy and defenseless lying on that counter. Who knows how many more days it might have lasted if no one had rescued it?! It’s a great deal. Now, I just have to go figure out where I’m going to get another $5 so I can pay the $10 fee for the SuperShuttle ride to the airport on Thursday.
The ASPCA Henry Berg award ceremony keeps getting better and better. The food is great (and vegetarian). The beverages are freely accessible. There are well-known authors and illustrators present to sign books. There is a fancy presentation with trophies. There are cute gifts disguised as table decorations.
One of my highlights was chatting with Joanne Ryder (pictured with Allison). Her nonfiction verse with animals and plants as the focus continue to charm students; however, many of her books are going out of print. She told us that publishers aren’t producing great nonfiction for the very young any more. How terrible! This is an outrage! Don’t publishers realize the cicadas are coming back this year and I need to get a new copy of Ryder’s cicadas book. We need her approach to verse and nonfiction. Come on, publishers, produce more.
Doesn’t Miriam look great? We paused for this shot then I had to dash off to two more events. Fun!