Had a wonderful time at the American Library Association Convention held in Anaheim, CA. It's going on through Tuesday but I was only there for the one day. I dragged my big golf bag full of weapons with me, and my first event was at the historical fiction panel, sponsored by the Association of Library Trustees Advocates, Friends and Foundations--they usually go by ALTAFF. It was a panel of five authors and each of us stood at the podium one at a time to talk for twelve minutes or so about us and our books. I brought my weapons up--you might call it the original power point demonstration--and told a story about hands-on research they won't soon forget.
Next, I was wisked away by my St. Martin's handler to the Pop Top Stage where Kelli Stanley and I had a chat about noir and writing historically, where we both had items to show and tell.
And finally, I signed and gave away books at the Sisters in Crime booth, letting librarians know that not only can they become members of SinC, but they can apply for a $1000 grant for their library. I bet you didn't know that either.
I stole these pictures from the ALA site, but you can see the others here.