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ALA Day Two

The day started with my husband and I attending the YA Author Coffee Klatch. We moved to a table in the back when they announced there were tables without people where authors would be sitting and since our table only had four people, we were able to talk to the authors more one-on-one which was pretty cool. They announced the authors and then they came in. I saw a group of authors coming over and I recognized Sarah Dessen and Julie Halpern, and then an author I didn't recognize sat at our table. When she started talking, a lovely Australian accent came out and I realized I was sitting next to Melina Marchetta, this year's Printz award winner!! She was super sweet and talked about her Printz call and we congratulated her. (Later in the day I got a book signed by her and she remembered me from her table!) The other authors we met from the coffee klatch:

-Michael Buckley-very funny and nice and he had an adorable son (we saw pictures)
-Maggie Stiefvater-so charming and sweet-love her! Plus, she knew me from my blog which was super cool!!
-Patricia Wrede-very nice and I have to give her props for getting my husband interested in a YA book!
-Jacqueline Woodson-I haven't read any of her books, but after talking to her I was very interested
-Janet Lee Carey-I'd met Janet before, but she was again super fun-she even brought straws and flower petals to blow across the table as an ice breaker-too funny!
-Simone Elkeles-She's so full of energy! I would love to have her on an author visit. She's got a new book coming out that they're making another fun book trailer for-can't wait!
-Silas House-This was a new author for me, but he was again super nice
-Lisa Greenwald-Another super sweet author and she's just so cute!

Then it was off to the exhibits. Luckily I had my husband with me to carry books (although my shoulders are still hurting!) and look for books while I stood in signing lines. I got a TON of signed books today, but I'll list them later.

I sat in on part of the Random House preview, but the room was so packed and hot, I left a little early. I'm so glad I did because Andy told me that when he was in line for Kristina Springer he told her about me and she wanted to meet me (she knew me from my blog). I ran over to her booth and bumped into Kristina, Lisa Schroeder and Cindy Pon-who all knew me which was really weird I have to admit.

Hmm...what else? I stopped by Tanglewood Press and asked about the sequel to Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferriro Esteban which I read and reviewed for They remembered my review (again, really strange!) and told me that the book is getting a paperback release with a new cover and then the sequel will be out.

Disney-Hyperian told me Ally Carter is working on a new series aside from the Gallagher Academy books which will be about heists and theives. I also found out she's planning six Gallagher books total.

I'm sure there wa a lot more, but that's what I can remember for now and this post is already waay too long! I'm doing lots of sessions tomorrow and maybe stopping by some signings in the afternoon. More to come!


  1. Loving your ALA updates, although they are making me extremely jealous. Enjoy tomorrow!!

  2. Ahhh you met The Marchetta!! Awesome. Love her. Sounds like a great day.

  3. What fun! I am so excited for you :)

  4. ALA was a blast. I'm totally glad you had a great time :)

  5. Looks like day two was great, I am very jealous.

  6. I really would have loved to go to ALA. Glad you had a great time!

  7. I still haven't bumped into you! I'm glad you're having tons of fun. Yay for the hubby carrying books. I'll be at Little Brown most of the morning for those signings (although I may be barely in time for Sarah Ockler).

  8. It was so cool meeting you Sarah! And your hubby was so sweet standing in lines for you!

  9. Love Love Love Melina Marchetta!! Also, six Gallagher Academy books!! That is awesome news... and the new series Ally Carter is writing sounds AMAZING!

  10. Wow, lots of big news. Sounds fun! I wish I could've gone!

  11. Thanks for the update! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!
    I went to the YA Author Coffee Klatch last year and met some really cool authors!

  12. It was so fun meeting you in person! And your tall husband! Glad you got to the Harry Potter Exhibit, too :)

  13. Missed bumping into you at all these ALA events, but it sounds like you have a great crew of authors at the Coffee Klatch (although, who didn't?). Now, I'm off to read your other ALA updates!


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