ALA Trip Report (part 2 of 3)
6:30am - Wake early to attend the YA Authors Breakfast at ALA, the American Library Association Annual Conference. (Note: I hadn't actually signed up for the breakfast. I'd been so busy prepping for the pub date of Into the Wild that I didn't spend much time planning for the ALA Conference. But how many people would really be getting up so early on a Sunday anyway?)
7:30am - Arrive at convention center. Ask about breakfast. Get blank look.
7:32am - Ask someone else. Am told it's at the Renaissance Hotel. Trot over to hotel.
7:40am - Find breakfast location. It's sold out. It's been sold out for months. Feel like an idiot. The main conference doesn't start until 9! I could have slept two more hours!
7:42am - Decide to take Julie for a walk. Say, "Julie, how would you like to see the White House?" Get odd looks since Julie is the fictional main character of Into the Wild, and I'm talking to a book. Keep walking anyway.
7:55am - Blocks in DC are long.
8:05am - Really long.
8:10am - I'm hungry. Why is there nothing to eat in DC?
8:15am - McDonald's so doesn't count.
8:20am - Ooh, my first famous thing! Civil War Monument. Julie wants to pose.
8:25am - The Washington Monument is really far away. White House isn't all that close either. Still hungry. Bet they have food in the White House.
8:27am - Lose interest in the whole tourist thing and walk back to Convention Center.
9:15am - Enter ALA. Visit the lovely people in the Penguin booth, including everyone from the prior night plus Stefanie Daehler, Lara Phan, Ben Schrank, and Doug Whiteman.
10-ish - Wander and chat with various people. Score one of the coveted Harry Potter 7 tote bags from Scholastic. I intend to use it at my Eight Cousins event on July 20 (in which I'll be doing a reading/signing for Into the Wild right in the middle of their Harry Potter festivities!).
11-ish - Catch up with very cool author (and fellow Class of 2k7 member) Laura Bowers and very cool uber-blogger and librarian Liz Burns.
12:30pm - John Scalzi reads my blog! Since he's the King of Blogs, this kinda blows my mind. He's also really, really sweet. I had lunch with him, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (also really, really nice), and Steven Erikson, who told us about the time he (accidentally) peed on a bear.
2-ish - More wandering and chatting...
3pm - Wander and chat with the fantabulous duo of Holly Black and Theo Black.
4pm - Find Shannon Greenland and Simone Elkeles signing books for an enormous line at the YALSA booth. (YALSA is the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.)
5pm - Take taxi to Westin with Shannon, Simone, and Thais (Shannon's friend from college) to a WWE-sponsored YALSA cocktail party. (Yes, that's right, World Wrestling Entertainment sponsored the YALSA cocktail party as part of their literacy outreach program!)
5:15pm - Discover there are multiple Westins in DC.
5:30pm - Take taxi to another Westin with Shannon, Simone...
6pm - Talk with many marvelous librarians plus the fabulous Diana Peterfreund. Also meet WWE wrestler Chris "Harvard."
7:30pm - Go out for yummy sushi with Shannon, Simone, and Thais. Laugh a lot. (They are all fantastically cool and nice. I adore them.)
10pm - Sleep.
(Tune in tomorrow to read about my final day at ALA... or click here to read part 1 if you missed it.)