Sunday, October 23

2011 Author Feast and Trade Show

Yesterday, the Southern California Indpendent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) hosted their annual Author Feast and Trade Show at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel.  With over 200 booksellers, publisher reps, and book lovers in attendance, it was a bit like Christmas for bibliophiles.  Alethea and I drove down to attend part of the day and ended up staying until nearly the very end. 

Below is a list of everyone that was there yesterday that has some connection with Bridge to Books:

Our Bookstore Friends:
Andrea Vuleta - Mrs. Nelson's Bookstore
Maureen Palacios - Once Upon A Time
Kris Vreeland - Once Upon A Time
Candace Moreno - San Marino Toy and Book Store
Leanna Herrera - Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
Morgan Turnage - Vromans, Kids Department
Steven Ross - Vromans, Kids Department
Kasey Komai - Vromans, Kids Department
Jessica Dobson - Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe

Our Publisher Reps:
Kelly Stidham - Simon & Schuster
Nicole White - Penguin
Erin Zlotnik - Random House

Our Teacher and Librarian Friends:
Cindy Beggs
Cathy Blackler
Caroline Gill
Tatiana Guyer
Anita Knight

Our YABC, Writer and Blogger Friends:
Thuy Lam (RNSL Nite Lite)
Non Wels (Subject + Verb)
Katie Altman (Bookyurt)

Our SoCal Author Buddies:
Andrew Smith
John Stephens
Jessi Kirby
Marie Lu
Katie Alender
Jessica Brody
Mary Pearson
Alyson Noel

Nicole White
True, it was very exciting seeing Oliver Jeffers (Stuck) and Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races) present at lunch.  And the evening with Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck) as Keynote speaker was priceless.  However, there really was something beyond special when Nicole White (Sales Rep for Penguin) received the Award for Book Rep of the Year and Andrew Smith received an award for his book - Marbury Lens.  It felt a little like close family was being recognized.

More thank you's to Andrea Vuleta from Mrs. Nelson's Books who has been the President of the SCIBA Board of Directors for the last two years.  -- I told her that I thought she knew how to throw a fantastic party.  But according to her, the secret is to have great people and occasionally use the "mom voice" to keep everyone moving in the right direction.

If you are in Southern California, SCIBA hosts a Literacy Dinner for Teachers and Librarians every February.  Keep an eye on SCIBA's home page for when registration opens for the Dinner.  Hope to see you there.

1 comment:

  1. It was great seeing you guys too!! Now Non and myself are counting down the days until Why Chromosome. Can't wait!