I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed I'm not taking part in all the fun in NYC at BEA this week, since it seems like every other book blogger is. I'm taking part in Armchair BEA which should be fun. But to get to the point, through the wonders of Twitter, I found out that the ALA Conference is taking place in DC this year. It's different than BEA as its' main purpose is to serve librarians, BUT, there are a lot of neat happenings there too.
Main thing? Author signings. Here are just a few of the authors that will be signing.
Seriously...that list is just the tip of the iceberg. Because of my husband's work schedule, I'll be attending only on Sunday, but luckily for me, that's when most of the authors I want to see will be signing (except for Kami and Margaret-woe!) There is also swag, ARCs and other neat experiences to be had, so you can imagine that I'll be having some neat contests after I get back! I was waffling on whether I should attend or not until while doing a google search about bloggers attending ALA, I discovered Kristi of The Story Siren went last year. Her posts about her experiences (do a search for ALA on her site to see for yourself) were the final push into purchasing exhibit passes for my husband and I. The price is really reasonable at $25, too!
I'm really excited, and nervous to go. I'm pretty shy, so when I've attended conferences or conventions in the past it's always been a bit difficult for me, but I'm going to try my best. I'm also going to make up some business cards with my blog info on it.
Is anyone else planning on attending ALA? I hope to see some other book bloggers there! :D