ALA New Orleans Recap

I’ve been back in Colorado for a couple days (after attending the ALA Annual Conference in lovely New Orleans), and now it’s time to reflect on what a wonderful four days it was. This year’s ALA was my first big publishing conference, and I was amazed at the scale of the exhibit hall and the incredible assortment of publishers. I was in book heaven! Carolyn (fabulous Fulcrum editor) and I had a great time taking it all in, browsing the rows and rows of books, and meeting new people. I even got my photo taken with the adorable Piggie and Gerald from the Mo Willems books.

Brynn with Piggie and Gerald

But aside from the excitement of books, books, books and meeting plush children’s book characters, Carolyn and I were able to finally meet Trickster: Native American Tales editor Matt Dembicki, as well as two incredible Native American storytellers and Trickster contributors, Tim Tingle and Michael Thompson. I felt quite lucky to be in the same room with these three talented people and to be able to witness two well-attended and very interesting panel discussions on graphic novels and Trickster. Matt started off the weekend with a panel called, “Graphic Novels: Bridging Generations, Bridging Cultures. This panel featured a great discussion from four very different people involved in the graphic novel industry, and Matt did a wonderful job discussing the Trickster process.

Sunday’s events included a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) coffee klatch in which Matt and Michael spoke with dozens of librarians in a sort of speed-dating setting, followed by an afternoon Trickster signing at the Fulcrum booth. Wow! People came out in droves (and the line kept growing!) to get a free copy of Trickster signed by Matt, Tim, and Michael. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic people continue to be about Trickster, and how many lives have been touched by this beautiful anthology of Native American trickster tales.

Trickster signing
Long line for the Trickster signing

Matt, Michael, and Tim signing away

Group shot at the end of the signing

Sunday concluded with a panel discussion specifically on Trickster.  Once again, Matt, Tim, and Michael were on display, this time discussing their roles in the book and how the project unfolded, as well as the sensitivities involved in sharing tales from different Native American tribes. A lengthy Q&A session followed, along with another sizable book signing, which the panel attendees were very excited about.

And when the work was done at the end of the day, Carolyn and I made sure we headed to the French Quarter to sample the world-famous beignets at Cafe du Monde, which were as delicious as everyone says.

Mmm beignets

All in all, ALA was a successful conference and a fun weekend. We met dozens of wonderful people, and I enjoyed hearing all the positive feedback from librarians and publishers on many of Fulcrum’s titles.

Fulcrum Publishing booth

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About fulcrumpublishing
Founded in 1984, Fulcrum Publishing is one of the largest independent publishers in the country, with more than 450 active titles. The company maintains a high standard of quality and pride in its books, with the objective of encouraging readers to live life to the fullest and learn something new each day. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in general-interest nonfiction titles with focuses in public policy, education, Native American culture and history, travel and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and gardening. Fulcrum is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. The Fulcrum Publishing blog is run and updated by Dani Perea. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas by e-mailing her at Dani[at]fulcrumbooks[dot com].

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