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Announcement and Prize Package Props

The MotherReader move was not the announcement I had planned to make. That’s all Bill.

There is a fantastic opportunity to find free books (some), collect swag (tons), and meet people (librarians). The American Library Association Annual Conference is coming to Washington, DC, on the weekend of June 22nd and I’m going to be there. In fact, I’m going to Mitali Perkins’s book launch party from 3:30–5:00 on Saturday, June 23rd, at the DC Public Library. I can invite friends, and I invite you and you and you. (Though you should go here and let Mitali know you’re coming). Liz from A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy will be there. And maybe, just maybe, if we can pry her away from all those publishers greedy for her time, Betsy from Fuse#8 (now at School Library Journal) will come.

After the book launch, we will head to a now-undisclosed location — undisclosed because we don’t know it yet — for munchies and drinks. Meaning...

it’s a KidLit Drink Night in DC!

I’ve got my people working on possible locations, and I’m sure we’ll know soon. But in the meantime, feel free to mark your calendars, arrange for bus fare, call your cousin in Silver Spring for a visit, and print your business cards. If you aren’t into the whole conference thing... well, neither am I. You’ll see me with the exhibits-only pass, trying to chat up any random authors I find — and recognize. Hope to see some of you folks there.

And now it’s time to give props to the many authors and bloggers who donated prizes to the grand prize packages. TadMack and ZG may want to look away, unless they’re the kind that sneak peeks at their Christmas presents. Thanks go to:Again, thank you to the many people who donated items for prizes. Thank you to all the participants who made the 48 HBC happen. Thank you to all those on the sidelines who supported us with links and love. Great time, everyone.

12 comments:

Little Willow said...

Ooh! Have fun at Mitali's event and tell her I said hello.

I may have posted this before, but in case I have not: Charlie & Lola was mentioned in a YA book I read recently - I believe it was Ruby Parker Hits the Small Time - and I thought of you and your munchkins.

Kelly said...

Hi MR:

I DID participate this year, but didn't have time to roundup. No matter--I didn't make it in the 20+ club, nor did I read over 1000 pages :)

Heading over to your new blog...

Jennie said...

ooooo... I'm all over a DC Kidlit drinks night! And hopefully Mitali's event-- I have to see if that's my Saturday at my library or not...

cloudscome said...

That sounds like so fun in DC! I hope you have a blast.

Thanks again for doing all you do with the 48 hour challenge. I absolutely loved every minute. I will never forget that Saturday morning when I got up earlier than my boys and sat in my porch swing reading and listening to the birds sing. Lovely!

fusenumber8 said...

All right. I've looked it over and shuffled things around and I am totally coming to Mitali's party. Devil take the hindmost, I say! I'm gonna talk up your Kidlit Drink Night too (in the fairly possible event that I cannot come).

MotherReader said...

Oh, YEAH!!! So glad that you'll be there, Fusie. Bill's going to check out a possible KidLit Drink night location and we've hoping to name the venue - maybe tomorrow(?)

Alina said...

Hooray for ALA! I will also be at the conference, primarily doing research for this paper. In short, I'm looking at how YA lit fits in the literary community and what we (as teachers, readers, librarians, and academics) can do to make sure that YA lit is promoted, supported, and loved.

That said, I'm looking for people who'd be willing to chat with me. If you have a few extra minutes while you're in DC, I'd love the chance to talk with you about your experiences in the literary world, particularly with the blogging end of things. Feel free to email me at sixbyeight [at] gmail [dot] com.

And lastly, thanks so very much for organizing the 48 Hour Book Challenge! I loved having the excuse and the encouragement to sit and read for hours on end. It was, in a word, lovely.

Genevieve said...

So exciting! If non-blogging kidslit-loving commenters are invited too, I will be there.

SarahJ said...

Oh very cool! If the invite also applies to ALA-newbie (Read: severely inexperienced and desperately wanting to meet people and learn as much as possible) children's publishers and authors (mom and daughter team), then we'd love to come as well! No pressure, though. ;)

MotherReader said...

Mitali's party you have to register for, so please click on my link above and let her know you're coming (if you are). The KidLit Drink Night is totally open to anyone - librarians, bloggers, authors, illustrators, blog fans - who wants to come.

Genevieve said...

Terrific! Thanks, MR. I've registered for Mitali's book launch, and am greatly looking forward to that and the KidsLit drink night!

Courtney said...

I would love to go to a local kidlit! (I can't go to the book party unfortunatly) If you can post the details when you know, I will (in all probability) show up. That is if, wanna-be illustrators count. :)

I would be happy to post info about it on my site as well, let me know if that is okay.