TRAVELING TO CHICAGO!
(Also, I've now learned that Hertz will charge you a $200 hold, whenever you rent a car. Just a pro-tip for all of you. *Grin*)
We stayed at a hotel in Burlingame on Wednesday night, and then flew out of SFO early Thursday morning.
Chicago, we have arrived!
I had chosen the Hotel Blake instead of one of the official ALA MW hotels, because it wasn't too far from McCormick PLace, and also had a great reputation for being a small hotel with wonderful service.
BONUS - it was also next to the Harold Washington Library!
To McCormick Place we go...
Once we arrived at McCormick Place, I was immediately impressed with how organized everything was. McCormick Place is a lot larger than the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the ALA team + exhibitors had taken full advanage of that fact, with information boards + snazzy staircases.
On the convention floor...
The exhibits were out in the open this time, so we waved merrily at friends setting up in their booths, and then left to go to the Field Museum. On the way there, we saw this view:
We returned to McCormick Place to wait for the start of the Booklist Author forum. Favorite Librarian had asked us to get an autograph from Gene Leun Yang for him - in an email that should be immortalized for hilarity - so T and I obliged.
Saturday and Sunday were a interesting mix of snow, cancelled flights, the Super Bowl and BOOKS!
Tom and I roamed around for a bit chatting and attending panels, but decided to head back early both because of weather + Tom wanted to catch the Super Bowl. (GO PATS!) However, not before we caught some nice pics of ARC stacks:
Also, a special thanks to wonderful people like Sharon Biggs Waller, Crista Desir, and the publishing folks like Lydia and Heather + everyone else for great conversations and a wonderful time. :) We love you all!!!
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When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Sterling (Scholastic)
The Remedy by Suzanne Young (Simon Pulse)
Invincible by Amy Reed (Katherine Tegen)
Backlash by Sara Littman (Scholastic)
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally (Sourcebooks)
Last Year's Mistake by Gian Ciocca (Simon Pulse)