And speaking of Esme Raji Codell, I must apologize to her publicly for not attending her brunch the following day. I had every intention of going but my wine-soaked, sleep deprived, gumball-addled body had other far less pleasant plans in mind. Sorry, Esme!
Cocktails came next with my cozying up to various people I’d always wanted to talk to. I even pulled out my little microphone in the hopes of capturing some goodies for my next podcast, but I’ve a distinct feeling that this plan failed magnificently. Ah well. That’s why you leave podcasting to the professionals. Dinner was tasty and at some point some of the blokes at my table (I was in Snarky Central, which is where you want to be at the end of an evening) popped over to the nearby Target to buy more wine. Prizes were given out. These consisted of huge stacks of books and t-shirts. I had won a lovely little picture book earlier in the day, so I wasn’t too disappointed not to partake of the YA novels being handed out. Then eventually I started to crash and headed on home via a cab at the EXACT moment that the Cubs game (where they were slaughtered) got out and onto the freeway. Suffice it to say, I have had shorter car rides in my day.
In all, it is rare to encouter this many people and then find that they are, in fact, the kinds of folks you enjoy hanging out with. There is none of the stereotypical social awkwardness one associates with people who work on the Internet. Even odder still is the fact that no one, to the best of my knowledge, was a jerk. It’s a relief and a bit weird, but I for one am not objecting.
If I did not mention your name on my postings, you’ll have to forgive me. There was an abundance of attendees.
There are a couple bloggers who have already posted about the event. As of my writing these include (and are not limited to) Just One More Book, MarkBlevis.com, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, What Adrienne Thinks About That, and soon to be many more.
Robin Brande gives us the skinny on where next year’s conference will be.
For pictures of the event you can look at this group shot by Just One More Book’s Mark Blevis. Woo-hoo! I warranted a white box! My own pictures will go up tomorrow.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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