As I filed out of the excellent Images & Issues Beyond the Dominant: Including Diversity in Your Graphic Novel Collection (more on that later), I was surprised to see a milling mob of librarians waiting in the hallway. Then I remembered the Author’s Happy Hour(s): two hours of YA author superstars, signing free copies of their books, plus snacks and alcohol. Ah…. The eager chatter and press suddenly made sense!
Each attendee was given a small tote bag and five tickets, good for five books. However, with over 30 authors in attendance, each one of us had to make some serious decisions about which authors we needed to gush to and whose books we must have.
On my must-have list were Malinda Lo’s Ash and P.G. Kain’s Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool, and I cannot wait to read them! Also tucked delightedly into my tote: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles, Lauren Bjorkman’s My Invented Life, and The sky always hears me and the hill don’t mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills.
Were you able to get your must-haves? What will you be reading first? Any fantastic author chats to share?