ALA Midwinter 2012

#alamw12 Happy New Year! Thanks, and see you in Anaheim at Annual!

Happy New Year:  The Year of the Dragon began last evening as many of us returned home.  Dallas was a hospitable location for my first out-of-state ALA conference!  Thanks to all who helped organize.  My highlights include the 5K Fun Run/Walk, meeting with my committee, and attending the suspenseful ALSC/YALSA awards announcements.  And what a thrill to be among so many book lovers! I encourage all to attend ALA Annual this summer in Anaheim.  Whether you are new to the profession or a veteran, you will come away re-energized with lots of great ideas.  It is an honor to host ALA conferences in our home state, so I especially encourage colleagues in California to attend.  I guarantee that out-of-state attendees will also receive a warm welcome.  See you there!

ALA Midwinter 2012

#alamw12 lotsa’ choices here, all good!

There’s so much to do, including Exhibits which offer irresistible options for readers.  After I returned from the 5K Fun Run/Walk, and yes it really was fun, I spent some time at Exhibits.  My red ALA bag keeps getting full of stuff (not sure how I’ll ship home), so listening to a panel of excellent mystery writers at the daily PopTop stage seemed a good way to avoid picking up more stuff.  Moderated by droll Bill Crider, writers Cara Black, Laura Elvebak, Denise Hamilton, and Martin Limon discussed the appeal of their series’ characters and some of the background and inspiration for their books.  Of course, I left wanting to read all of their books (and I’ll start with the three Martin Limon signed after the panel).  Oh well, guess my next stop will be the post office, …