Quick update from Nashville and the YALSA Literature Institute while I am in between sessions. Last night at the Happy Hour hosted by Little Brown (and the ever charming Victoria Stapleton), the drinks (I stuck with Diet Coke) and the ARCs flowed. However, I elected not to join in the frenzy for the ARCs since I was fearful of losing a limb! There are going to be newbie librarians going back home having to pay horrendous fees for overweight luggage. Not me. I will wait until NCTE in San Antonio in just a few short days and pack them into the car for my drive home instead. Much cheaper, and more $$$ for margaritas.
This morning’s first session for me was the one on audiobooks conducted by Sharon Grover (who will be the next chair of the Odyssey Committee) and featuring Jerene Battisti (who is one of the candidates running for president elect of YALSA) and Mary Burkey (Best. Chair. Ever.). A panel with Tim Ditlow (Brilliance audio and formerly Listening Library), Alfred Martino (Listen and Live audio) and Robin Whitten (Audiofile). WOW, wow, wow. I took copious notes and just enjoyed this so much. Special feature here was Katie Kellgrenn, narrator of the BLOODY JACK audiobooks who spoke eloquently of audio and its importance and then read a scene from the novel. It was incredible.
YALSA listened to its members and put together this incredible first institute. Members responded by coming in droves to attend and learn more about books and reading in all its different forms. How much fun is it to be a member of an organization that recognizes the importance of books and reading?