I am sitting in O'Hare airport waiting for the inbound flight that will eventually take me home (delayed, of course). I am taking advantage of the lull to post some thoughts and photos from my final day at ALA. Yesterday began with a VOYA Board meeting then moved to the convention floor where I limped through exhibits (blisters on feet, long story) and ran into two of our MLS students who are at ALA as part of an IMLS grant. We had lunch together nd compared foot fatigue. While they headed back to the hotel with all their loot (and I only picked up 2 ARCs), I headed with Sharon Grover, current chair of the Odyssey Committee, to the 2009 Odyssey Celebration at the Convention Center. Pam Spencer Holley (2009 Chair)and Sue Ellen Beauregard (Booklist) awarded plaques to the winners of the 2009 Odyssey audiobooks. Then, as a special treat, 4 of the narrators spoke briefly. Here is Katherine (Katie) Kellgren, narrator of CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO. Katie also won three Audie Awards for her work on this audio and won an Odyssey Honor last year as well:
And here is Sherman Alexie enjoying a standing O for his work on the audio of THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN.
After the Odyssey, it was dinner with the lovely Victoria Stapleton of LBYR. Three authors read from their works and everyone enjoyed the evening before headikng off to the Printz celebration.
Now I will limp to the gate and (hopefully) catch a nap on the way home. I do also plan to read, someting there, ironically, never seems to be time to do at the library conferences.