Author Fair

I don’t normally get too excited about book signings, but once in a while I have a really good one. Last Wednesday’s Author Fair at the beginning of the Iowa Library Association Convention was one of those. It was good because:

1) people came!
2) the majority of books I signed were for people I didn’t know!

It was held at the Coralville Public Library. The book store was set up around the sculpture on the ground level, so it was the first thing you saw when you went downstairs. And then they had 60+ authors spread out across all the meeting rooms. I was lucky enough to share a table with my friend, Eileen Boggess.

Teen volunteers, including my own teenager, were assigned to all the authors. But my teenager picked my friend sarah_prineas as his author (and so did an adult volunteer, so she ended up with TWO volunteers!) rather than his own mom…can you believe that? When I called him on it, he informed me that Lily (a girl who took my teen writer’s workshop last summer) picked me first. So I said, “well, what if Lily hadn’t picked me? Would you have picked me then?” No, he would not. Because he “knows” sarah_prineas (what? he doesn’t know me???) and she likes the same books he likes (okay, I can’t argue with that). My son is nothing if not honest. But that’s okay because I had a fine time with Lily…and she asked me repeatedly if she could get me anything. I’m not so sure my own teenager would’ve been so attentive. Not to me, anyway. I’m sure he was great with sarah_prineas.

I think the highlight of the evening was the SCBWI members’ dinner at Applebee’s BEFORE the author fair, though. While we were chatting, we watched this guy create the most amazing balloon sculptures for the kids who were seated around us. When he ran out of kids, he came over and asked us whether any of us would like a balloon sculpture. But we were grown-ups…and we were busy talking, so we sent him away. But then several of us got to thinking…we were headed to a book signing…and this guy had already proven himself to be extremely talented…could he create characters from our books?

He made a fabulous Buddy for me:

Anyway…it was a pretty fun time. And then there was a reception upstairs in the library afterward. With live music. Unusual music, but live music nonetheless.

I would definitely do this event again…

8 thoughts on “Author Fair

  1. It was a terrific event! And my “gophers,” or whatever they were called, were excellent. We had a good natter about the books we like. Ooh, I should have asked Andy if he’s read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…

    So how did Mouse react to the giant balloon-Buddy?

  2. Ack! That was me…I didn’t realize I wasn’t logged in. I’m ALWAYS logged in. (Except when I’m sitting at Honda waiting for an oil change.)

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