Jan 27, 2012

ALAMW12 Wrap-up

Midwinter was AWESOME! Literary Lonestars stormed the exhibit hall the first night and scored some pretty awesome books! Later that night, we hosted a super fun and crowded blogger/author meetup. I was overwhelmed with the turnout and I don't know the exact number, but we had around.....75-80 people! 

 
We solicited donations for the Freedom To Read Foundation, thx to my literary PIC Stephanie Pellegrin's ingenious idea, and even had a guest appearance by the Program Director, Johnathan Kelly! We were able to raise $101 dollars! We had a free swag table and we also raffled off some awesome books - congrats to the winners! 
We had several awesome Texas authors attend the party! They mingled, signed books, and talked shop for hours. Special thanks to; PJ Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson, KA Holt, Jo Whittemore, Emily Anderson, Nikki Loftin, Bethany Hegedus, Jeanette Larson, Trinity Faegan, Bettina Restrepo, Joy Preble, Jenny Moss, Tracy Deebs, and Amanda Havard. 
Just the J's & "The Jen's"

Sunday night was the Freedom To Read reception with special guest...JOHN GREEN! Hello! I call him the "King Daddy of YA" and if you haven't read any of his books, get to steppin'! He is so dynamic, charismatic, and can basically talk you into anything with his witty personality. That kid should run for President. The crowd just ate him up! 
All in all, epic trip with tons of terrific friends! You'll have to stay tuned to check out my haul of books. Starting Sunday, you'll get to see some of the great titles I can't wait to read and share with you! Viva Texas! 
We hope to see you at TLA in April! 

15 comments:

  1. Your dinner was AWESOME!!! Thank you for all the hard work you put into putting it together!

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  2. Agreed to what Katie said.. the dinner was awesome & I really appreciated you putting that together :) YOU are awesome Jen!!

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  3. thanks for putting everything together, girl! had a blast and was super thrilled to meet you! Will see you in April, and here's to hoping there's another awesome blogger meetup :)

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  4. Omg, so sad I missed that! So awesome to see all the blogger love!

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  5. What a great recap. It was truly an epic trip, and the blogger/author dinner you planned was fantastic! Thanks so much for organizing it! It was great meeting you... I'm still reeling from the trip, but can't wait for the next!
    ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte - 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge

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  6. Jen, the dinner was absolutely awesome. There were so many people and it was an expression of how incredible you are. I know we've only just recently been introduced online and in person, but I really am so thankful for all the hard work you put into your blog, connecting bloggers, and getting the word out there. I am so excited to have met you this past weekend. :)

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  7. Such a fun weekend! I'm glad you were my room mate! Ready for TLA!

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  8. Thanks for all your hard work & warmness welcoming me into the fold. Wish there was enough time & energy to have met & visited with the Lone Star gals & those that flew in.

    Amy @ bookgoonie

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  9. *flails!!!* John Green! Nerdfighters forever!!!

    Thanks for sharing these stories and pictures. I'm so jealous of all you guys. Looks like you had an awesome time!!!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  10. Love this post! Great pics and thank you so much for organizing the blogger meet-up on Friday night! So much fun. :)

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  11. Thanks so much for hosting the blogger dinner! I had so much fun. I had hoped to mingle more, but you know, I ended up having some really wonderful in-depth conversations with the people at my table. How awesome to sit and chat with folks who are reading or have read EVERYTHING on my recently read list, and my top-of-the-TBR pile! Super fun times!

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  12. Ahhhh! Such a fun trip! Thanks for giving us a peek into the excitement :)

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  13. Looks like you had an amazing time!! And you got to see John Green. I'm so jealous :)

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