Thursday, July 4, 2013

ALA 2013 - Chicago

On Saturday June 29th, I was able to visit the ALA 2013 Exhibit Hall with two coworkers.  We were lucky enough to be close (it was in Chicago) and thanks to Demco, we were able to get free Exhibit Hall passes.  There were so many "best parts" that I thought I would share the highlights.

Many vendors enjoyed our "got books?" t-shirt.  It made us noticed and we got lots of smiles.

Authors Visited


Lois Lowry was our first stop.  
We got luck (actually we had a plan) and were the 5th, 6th and 7th person in line!


Laurie Halse Anderson


Nancy Werlin


Mike Mullin is an Indiana author I have met before. 
If you have not read the first book, Ashfall, you need to read it now!


Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham are a great writer/illustrator team.  
This is the best signature.  If you notice, Pham drew me into the signature with two of the characters.

 I ended up with 15 signed copies

And 58 books total!

Characters Visited


AWE Mascot 

           L. Ron Hubbard Pirates (Argh!) 



Joe Cool (Snoopy)

Star Wars (May the force be with me)

All of us were tired when we left.  We made three trips back to the truck to drop off our swag.  Between books, posters, buttons, pins and information we all had FOUR bags (not including the bag we carried our personal items in).  There was barely room for all three of us to ride home. :) 


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