I count myself lucky to know some really terrific people. And one such person is my colleague and friend Brian Abbott. Brian is the coworker who went to the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Conference back in January and brought me back several ARCs. (Read more about that by clicking Here.) A few weeks ago, he attended the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and he came back bearing swag, and lots of it! From posters, to prints, to magnets, and even CDs, they were giving it all away at ALA. And Brian gave a bunch to me!
But his generosity didn’t end there. He waited in line and managed to grab me a signed copy, yes, a signed copy of Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca’s book Locomotive! (Read my review of Locomotive Here.)
Okay, that’s definitely sweet, but the most unique item Brian brought back was a seven-page, full-color booklet that was given out to attendees of the Newbery Caldecott Awards Banquet. Brian was invited to attend! (Okay, push down the author envy.) The booklet is so cool; it even has a pop-up in it! Swoon.
Thanks Brian, you’re awesome! To learn more about adult mystery novelist Brian Abbott, check out his site, The Poisoned Martini, and look for his debut novel Death On Stoneridge, coming soon.
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I’d like to be Brian’s friend too! 🙂 What wonderful goodies.
Robin, he was like Santa Claus handing out gifts to all the good little library workers. I must have been extra good this year! 🙂
Always happy to share the experience–and the swag–of ALA! There’s always a bounty of children’s book publishers, authors and illustrators. And attending the Newbery/Caldecott dinner and hearing the authors’ speeches was an honor. My only disappointment is I didn’t get Mr. Wuffles!
The ALA conference sounds awesome! Maybe someday I will make it to one. Thanks again, Brian, for the freebies. P.S. I love the Mr. Wuffles magnet and print that you gave me. Pretty cool!