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Monday, April 29, 2013

TLA 2013!

Can I mention how wonderful this past week's Texas Library Association Conference was? Seriously, the state of Texas rocks and so do all the people in it! I seem to do best summarizing these things with pictures, so here we go!

A huge thank you to Tor for having me be a part of the conference!

The Tor booth. 
Yes, notice how SOLSTICE is right next to ENDER'S GAME?
OMG, Seriously!!!!! The ENDER'S GAME.

 Me with my Tor Teen editor, Susan Chang.
We did not intentionally dress as twins.

First up was a Young Adult Round Table panel talking about the appeal of dystopian stories to teens.

 From L to R: Marissa Meyer, Me, and Ilsa Bick

Our panel!
L to R: Joelle Charbonneau, Kristen Simmons, Marissa Meyer, Me, Ilsa Bick, and awesome librarian moderator Michelle Beebower

One of the best things about TLA and conferences in general is running into so many awesome people!

I met agent-sister Tessa Gratton for the first time and got THE VERY FIRST SIGNED ARC of her brand new YA, The Lost Sun! Be jealous.

 L to R: Jessica Lee Anderson, Me, and Cynthia Leitich Smith

I love catching up with Robin LaFevers! 
I got to congratulate her in person for her new YA, DARK TRIUMPH, hitting the NY Times bestseller list! 

I also managed to snag an ARC of Andrew Smith's new YA, WINGER!

 Finally got to meet A. G. Howard in person and gush to her about her fabulous book, SPLINTERED.

My time was packed with fun activities including:

Participating in the Texas Tea!

A group signing with Susan Kralovansky and fellow Texas Sweethearts Don Tate and Jessica Lee Anderson.

But the picture that makes me the happiest is this one, taken during my signing for SOLSTICE!
There is nothing quite like the support of friends! I adore all you guys so much!
L to R: Maria Cari Soto, Jen Bigheart, Kari Anne Holt, Jessica Lee Anderson, Me, Madeline Smoot, and E. Kristin Anderson

On a final note, I want to mention the breakfast because it was so delicious!

Here is where I ate.

Here is what I ate!

Here is who I ate with! 
L to R: Mari Mancusi, Me, Jo Whittemore, Jessica Lee Anderson, Kari Olson, and Kari's friend, Kelli

So that's a wrap. 
TLA, I miss you already, but I will see you again next year!


Angela Brown said...

Looks like a grand time was had all around :-)

PJ Hoover said...

It was so much fun, Angela! I love getting together with book peeps!

Jessica Lee Anderson said...

What a wonderful experience! Glad I got to share it with you and happy to look through these pictures to relive the TLA magic.

PJ Hoover said...

I'm so glad you were there also, Jessica! <3