Jul 4, 2011

#ALA11 Wrap-up (+Giveaway)

I've been home from ALA for a week now and I am still smiling. I really can't tell you how much fun I had. I hope the pictures below show just how much of a good time we had with authors, publishers, and friends. I must say, I was very happy with the turnout from Texas! I've been blabbing and begging for about 9 months wishing and hoping Texas bloggers would show up - they did! You all better make plans to be in Austin for Austin Teen Book Fest in October and then ALA Midwinter in Dallas in January! *TX rulez*

Stephanie and I drove down to Houston on Wednesday to pick up Cari and Michelle and attended the Ally Carter's signing at Blue Willow. We snapped a cute picture while Ally was signing. 

Kristen, Sarah, Stephanie, Me, Christin, Joy Preble, Michelle

The next morning we packed up and hit the road for NoLA! The rain didn't slow us down and thankfully, the window paint stayed on the car! We painted our Twitter handle on the windows in case anyone wondered cared who we were. We had a lot of folks stare at us! We stopped off at the New Orleans welcome center and took some pictures. 








We hit New Orleans, made Michelle push the cart full of bags and food up to our room then focused on our mission for a Po Boy! Here are some shots of our day out and about. We took the street car and toured the Jackson Square area. And of course, we had our share of beignets. 








While I loved getting all of the rad books and spending time with people who I love and admire, ALA was about my big presentation on Sunday. I stayed up late finishing up tiny details and many times during the day I had little freak out moments. My roommates were supportive and kept me from crying myself to sleep every night. I am happy to report that everything went fine and it was standing room only! I won't go into incredible detail but my partner and I talked about the fundamentals of educational television and how you can apply that to your storytime. Turn out, those folks at PBS an Nick Jr. know what they're doing. The hour and half flew by and we had a lot of great feedback. I hope to present at TLA in Houston next year. #fingerscrossed


The week was full of parties and get togethers. Special thanks to Katherine Tegan for the Divergent dinner with Veronica Roth. What fun and probably (hands down) the best meal I had in NoLA! Also, Egmont, Candlewick, and Tor for letting me bring my crew and providing awesome skyline views, food, and drinks. Lastly, Parajunkee and YA Highway for gathering up all of the bloggers and providing an opportunity to meet in person. Great to meet you all! 


The trip ended with an hour long packing job - I still can't believe we fit everything in the #ALA bus! We met up with Jess and Lety at the Texas Welcome Center for some fun pics. This was such a cute place and we had fun chillin' with the raccoons. So cute!


Props to the American Library Association for a totally smooth and stress free convention. I must say that I didn't hear of any caddiness and craziness that I might have heard with another book convention earlier this year. Also, the bus drivers were awesome and even dropped us off in places not on the route. ;)

All in all, I had a brilliant time! I think my awesome roommates have something to do with it. We laughed about anything and everything. I even learned some awesome curse words in Spanish that I might put to some good use.

As promised, a giveaway! Macmillan and Simon & Schuster were kind enough to offer up some lovely things for all you that were #ALAleftbehind. Here is what I have:

ARC of STICK by Andrew Smith


Clockwork Prince sampler & size large tee


Swag & bookplates



*giveaway closed*

19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway! :) I've been very much looking forward to reading STICK.

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  2. Yay! I'm so excited for you. Happy that you had an amazing time!

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience about the conference. I wish things hadn't came up and I made it. There's always next year. Congrats on your speech! I knew you would do well. ;)

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  3. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  4. Hey! Thanks for the givaway! 8 points whoop!

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  5. I enjoyed reading about your ALA trip. Nice photos!

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  6. thanks so much for this!! and WOW you did have a great time!!^-^ glad you enjoyed yourself!

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  7. I'm glad you had such a great time! :)

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  8. I love all the pictures. It looks so fun!

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  9. Wow, it looks loke you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the pics and swag!

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  10. Looks like Fun was had by ALL
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  11. This is great! Looks like you had fun!
    Thanks for the giveaway =D

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  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. And making it part international :)

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  13. Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Marbury lens was such a cool and freaky story, I can't wait to read Stick! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  15. Looks like you had a great time. Wish I could've made it.

    And I'm dying for the tee!! :)

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  16. Fun! Love the Twitter name idea :) It was great meeting you briefly at dinner. Hope to see you again at another bookish event in the future :)

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  17. Amazing giveaway!! Huge fan of Cassie Clare and super excited for Clockwork Prince!! It would be a dream come true and a great birthday present if I actually won the giveaway!! Hint hint jk hehehe... Super jealous that you had so much fun at ALA cuz I didn't get to go... :)

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  18. Looks like you had so much fun...thanks for sharing!!!

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