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:


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.


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…



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




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.


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


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


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

(photo credit: American Library Association)


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


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.


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!


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