This year’s American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference took place in sunny <wink wink> Seattle. It was my first time there, so as a tourist and an exhibitor, it was a thrilling weekend.

Here’s my recap in pictures because they really say it best.

First, we had to set up the booth:
Abrams-Booth

 

Then, we took a trip to the capital of Washington—Olympia—to visit Nikki McClure.

Nikki shows Executive Director of Children’s Marketing and Publicity, Jason Wells, a paper cut from the book she’s currently working on.
Nikki-&-Jason

 

Her new book, How to be a Catcomes out in April. The original paper cut illustration that she brought to the conference to show librarians was a hit, but it made me nervous every time she picked it up…
Nikki-&-papercut

 

 

Margi Preus signed copies of her latest book, Shadow on the Mountain, with a special “Top Secret” stamp.
Margi-Preus

Margi-Preus-Top-Secret

 

 

We were thrilled to have debut YA novelists Sarah Skilton (left) and Cat Winters with us to sign Bruised and In the Shadow of Blackbirds galleys.
Sarah-Skilton-&-Cat-Winters

 

Seattle-native Patrick Jennings stopped by to sign copies of Bat and Rat.
Patrick-Jennings

 

On Sunday, Tom Angleberger and I drove up to Vancouver B.C. to visit Vancouver KidsBooks, who put on a wonderful event.
Vancouver-Kidsbooks

 

The conference ended with Tom Angleberger as part of the Star Wars Wrap-Up Rev-Up panel.

Here he takes the stage dressed as C3P0 and escorted by R2-D2, the star of his new book out in March, Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling.Tom-as-C3P0-&-R2

Tom-&-Chris-take-stage
(photo credit: American Library Association)

 

Tom poses with Princess Leia and Origami Princess Leia, worn by the brave Kim Baker who moderated the panel.
Tom-&-Princess-Leia's

 

But not to worry, there was time for me to nerd-out as well when the 501st Legion and the real R2-D2 visited our booth.
Laura-&-R2

 

Overall, it was a great conference with lots of mixing-and-mingling with librarians, who are, as ever, a fun bunch to talk books with.

Thanks, Seattle!
Seattle

 

Laura Mihalick is Assistant Manager for Children’s Marketing & Publicity at ABRAMS.

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