Familiar faces at ALA

We were delighted to see Trickster, Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection contributor Tim Tingle featured in today’s blog post from American Indians in Children’s Literature! Our ALA attendees, Brynn and Carolyn, had a great time at ALA. They’ll be posting their thoughts on the show this week, so stay tuned!

Twitter Giveaway

For all of our fans attending ALA, and for our fans who wish they could be attending ALA, we’re offering a Twitter giveaway this week! Simply mention @FulcrumBooks in a tweet, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a free copy of Trickster, Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection.

Good luck, everyone!

Heading to the Big Easy for ALA 2011

Photo by Brooke Flaherty

This week I am heading to New Orleans, city of beignets and jazz, for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. As we mentioned in our blog post yesterday, this is the largest library conference in the United States, and it moves to a new location each year. This is my first time attending the ALA Annual Conference and also my first time visiting New Orleans, so as you can imagine, I am jumping out of my seat with excitement. I plan to spend a couple of days exploring (or shall I say eating my way through) the city with my husband, and then it’s time to get down to business with the opening session Friday afternoon and exhibits running through Monday afternoon, June 27.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Fulcrum Publishing at this show, along with my coworker and editor extraordinaire Carolyn. I hope to meet a ton of friendly people, both in the publishing industry and in the library industry as well. I am also very excited to meet Trickster editor Matt Dembicki and two wonderful Trickster contributing artists, Tim Tingle and Michael Thompson. As we mentioned yesterday, Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection will be well represented at the ALA show, with four great events! If you’re heading to the Big Easy for ALA this year, here’s the scoop on the Trickster events:

Saturday, June 25: Engaging Readers, Respecting Traditions Graphic Novel Roundtable
Matt Dembicki, Trickster editor, will participate in this roundtable
1:30–3:30 pm,  New Orleans Convention Center, room 338

Sunday, June 26: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Young Adult Author Coffee Klatch
Matt Dembicki will participate
9:00–10:00 am, JW Marriott, Conde Room

Sunday, June 26: Trickster book signing
Matt Dembicki, Tim Tingle, and Michael Tompson to sign—stop by for a free copy of Trickster!
1:30–2:00 pm, New Orleans Convention Center Exhibit Space, Fulcrum booth (#1255)

Sunday, June 26: Trickster Panel: Bridging Generations, Bridging Cultures
Matt Dembicki, Tim Tingle and Michael Tompson to participate
4:00-5:30pm, New Orleans Convention Center, room 284

AND, we will be giving out custom-made Trickster buttons at the Fulcrum booth, with artwork by Matt Dembicki, Tim Tingle, and Michael Thompson. Make sure to stop by, say hello, and grab a button!

Photo by Brooke Flaherty

Hope to see some of you there!

BEA Wrap-Up

After a week spent at Book Expo America in NYC, this blogger has her feet back on mile-high soil.

BEA 2011 was great fun—we enjoyed meeting everyone who stopped by the Fulcrum booth, from dear friends to attendees who came by to discover Fulcrum’s books for the first time. Katie and I were able to do a little bit of our own expo touring and gawking; we met Tyra Banks, I saw Judy Moody, and on our way back to our hotel we saw a certain former Sterling Cooper art director on the street (Katie is still recovering from the sighting, since I punched her in the shoulder and shouted “BRYAN BATT!” into her ear, and then proceeded to hop up and down, flapping my arms like a startled chicken).

Tyra Banks at BEA

Can you guess which one is the supermodel and which one is the starstruck marketing associate?

Katie cochaired a panel called “Back to Basics: Why Home Economics Books Are the New Retro Chic” with the Fabulous Beekman Boys, the publisher from Interweave, and  two librarians, one from the New York City Public Library and the other from the Portland Public Library. The panel seemed to be well-received by the librarians who attended, and we were proud to have Modern Homestead represented among such a great group of DIY panelists and homesteaders.

Our authors Richard Hetzler and Renee Wilkinson made a big splash as well. We were delighted by the many attendees who stopped by The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook signing to tell Richard how much they had enjoyed a meal at the Mitsitam Cafe. Many attendees in line for the Modern Homestead signing swapped planting stories with Renee and talked about their urban plots like proud parents.

Renee Wilkinson meets a fan and shares homesteading stories.

We had a great time and enjoyed meeting new friends, such as our booth buddy, Biblioasis, and the bloggers who shared their wisdom at Blogworld. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.