YALSA Teen Lit Symposium: Author Happy Hour from the Authors’ Perspective

The thing I was looking forward to least about the whole YALSA Teen Lit Symposium was the Author Happy Hour. Neurotic me imagined me sitting by myself at a table while all the other tables were mobbed.

When the librarians started streaming in, I took a picture because it was just this mob of people coming in, like the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement in Boston. And then you mobbed us all! It was thrilling.

The general consensus was that this was one of the most fun and successful signings we’d each attended. Allen Zadoff joked that he’d discovered a new business model for moving his books: “Give them away!”

I wanted to let you know how impressed the authors were by you. Several commented on how nice and smart and warm all of the librarians were. You made us feel like a million bucks with your reactions to our books or our presentations. We all loved chatting with you, hearing about your libraries and your patrons. Most of all, we wished we’d had more time.

So, on behalf of all the authors, thank you, and we hope you had as much fun as we did. Oh, and brava to whoever asked Malinda Lo to sign her chest!