At the 12:15 conclusion of the previous session, most of my fellow librarians headed out for lunch. I had every intention of doing that myself, but decided to see if a friend in publishing was free to grab lunch before I left.
Which is how I found myself in the exhibit hall at 12:30 this afternoon. I quickly realized that this was the best possible time to be in the hall and abandoned all thoughts of lunch. The hall was delightfully airy and seemed almost empty. There were other librarians there, but not nearly enough to occupy all the vendors. I got more ARCs, business cards, and attention in that hour than I could have ever imagined. I was invited to a summer book preview because the publishing representative was able to talk to me for 15 uninterrupted minutes without being rude to other visitors – there were no other visitors!
For the rest of PLA 2012, I highly recommend the exhibit hall when everyone is eating. I was even able get food before the next session. Doritos count as lunch, right?