The exhibits featured all kinds of vendors who deal with libraries, but, I spent some time meeting up with my friend, Talia Sherer from Macmillan. I saw Virginia Stanley from Random House and Dominique Jenkins from Penguin. And, of course, old and new friends from Sisters in Crime. That led to a fun dinner in the bar at the Hyatt one night with Hank Phillippi Ryan and fellow librarians who are involved with SinC.
I was too far back to get pictures of Jane Pauley when she talked about her latest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. But, thanks to Talia Sherer, I had a seat at a front table for the Audio Books dinner. Of course, that meant I was at an angle for the photos of Mary Kay Andrews, Andre Dubus III, and Rainbow Rowell. That was a fun evening. All of the authors poked fun at themselves. And, for your Mary Kay Andrews fans out there, her new book, Save the Date, is due out June 3.
|Mary Kay Andrews|
|Andre Dubus III|
Friday's lunch meant hearing Craig Johnson and Lisa Unger interviewed. I always enjoy hearing Craig. The author of the "Longmire" books is the best storyteller I've ever heard.
I was on a fun panel, "Doing Time with Sisters in Crime." Mary Boone organized it. Author Laura DiSilverio was the best moderator. She made it easy for us, and fun for the audience, as she played "Let's Make a Deal", asking them for items relating to mysteries. One audience member actually had duct tape and a scissors! Laura said she wouldn't ask. The rest of the panel consisted of authors Catriona McPherson and Frankie Bailey, along with one of my idols, the amazing librarian and author Joyce Saricks.
|With Joyce Saricks|
It was great to see my friend Stacy Alesi (BookBitch), first at her program, Cooking the Books, and then in the audience for our program. Stacy took that picture of me with Joyce Saricks.
The conference ended on a high note. David Sedaris read to a packed house, so we ended with a great deal of laughter.
I arrived home late Saturday afternoon. Back to work on Monday, but then I head to Monterey for Left Coast Crime. Hopefully, lots of pictures of authors. (Hopefully, I'll know how to download from my new camera by then so the pictures will be better.)