Event Report: Texas Library Association

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Thanks to Candlewick Press, TLA’s YART librarians, Mackin, the Book Festivals of Texas booth, my fellow authors, the other exhibitors, the other attending children’s-YA librarians (and teens!), and everyone else who pitched in to make this year’s TLA convention in Fort Worth such a success!

Spirit of Texas YA author panel with librarian Natasha Benway, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Gail Giles, Jennifer Ziegler & C.C. Hunter
With fellow SPOT author C.C.
Austin public librarians Michelle Beebower & Nichole Chagnon
Candlewick “family” dinner with Deborah Noyes, Sharon Hancock, Tanya Lee Stone, Hilary Van Dusen, Jon Klassen, Jenny Choy & Greg Leitich Smith at Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth
The next day, I signed in the author area and at the Mackin booth
Greg, E. Kristin Anderson & Rachel Caine signing at the Book Festivals of Texas booth
With librarians Natasha Benway & Tabatha Perry in the Book Festivals of Texas booth
Greg’s Chronal Engine editor Daniel Nayeri (also a YA author & HMH publishing pro)
Greg with librarian Naomi Bates
Kathi Appelt signing ARCs of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Jane Yolen
Kelly Bennett shows of Vampire Baby at the Candlewick booth
Highlights of the convention included meeting Jon Klassen — very personable, nice guy!
Chris Rylander
With Victoria Scott, modeling The Collector
Mari Mancusi models Scorched
Rosemary & Greg model Spirit and Dust
Tim Tingle has his own booth
With Mary E. Pearson in the green room before the Texas Tea
My table with Deb & Round Rock librarians at the Texas Tea (authors rotated from one table to the next)
With Jenni Holm at the Omni
Okay, I’m not a librarian, but I couldn’t resist!

Cynsational Notes

See also TLA Convention Photo Reports from P.J. Hoover and Greg Leitich Smith.