03.29.10

More Things About Portland, PLA, and the Last Few Days

Posted in Conferences at 9:48 pm by Janet

1. Publishers seem desperate to find the next “vampire.” At various events, publishers swore the that one of the following is going to be the next vampire phenomenon: angels (fallen and non-fallen), ninjas, and dystopias.

2. Things seen during conference sessions: a librarian talking on her cell phone; a librarian with her baby (what set of circumstances led her to bring that baby to PLA? I felt like I was back at work in the children’s department when the baby starting crying, which in turn almost made me start crying); a librarian (Nancy Purl, see earlier post) knitting–her pink sweater was really coming along by Friday

3. Thank you, Albert Whitman, for The Boxcar Children, and for dinner on Thursday. Your new books look good!

4. I gave my presentation on Friday. I think our group did well. I hope we spread Scratch to lots more libraries! The presentation is online somewhere and when I figure out where it is, I’ll post it.

5. Bridget and Barrett took me to see the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden!

6. Rumor has it that the Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland has a problem with fake therapy animals. For instance, someone tried to bring in a “therapy squirrel.” Now, I’ll be the first to advocate for therapy animals, but that’s taking it a little too far…

7. On Saturday we had a wonderful dinner with famous authors Laini Taylor and Suzanne Young.

8. The presenters served wine at one session…silly me, I got there too late to get a glass! Now, why didn’t we think of that for our presentation?

9. We went to the Two Tarts bakery! I have never been so full from cookies in my life. YUM!

10. In one 20-hour period, I cleaned up both cat puke and dog puke.

1 Comment »

  1. Jill said,

    March 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Sounds like great fun! And this desperate publisher thanks you for the tips on future vampire-like trends.

    Jill

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