Imagine a bunch of excited third graders in the school library for the book fair. Then expand the scene to adult librarians in a big city convention center for the national meeting of the Public Library Association (PLA), which I attended in Denver last week as a guest of my daughter. While she went to sessions I could peruse the booths.
The big blue bear outside the convention center really wanted in to get a book, too.
Book giveaways were everywhere. All these were free…but you had to get them home by yourself. Most of them had disclaimers on the cover: Advance Reader’s Edition or Uncorrected Proof/Not for Sale.
Major and independent publishers showed their upcoming books for preview.
Lots of electronic invaders…sometimes change is good.
What’s the solution for illiteracy in America?
This would be a good start.
Next time: authors I was able to meet (and one I wanted to).