Friday, June 5, 2009

New York, New York

I recently returned from Book Expo America in New York. This is a combination American Bookseller Association conference/industry trade show/vacation. It's an opportunity to find out new things happening in the publishing world, attend workshops, generate ideas, mingle with authors, and to get revitalized.

It is always a great experience. Each trip generates highlights. Among this year's standout moments include hearing Julie Andrews and Tomie dePaola talk and having tea with Rosemary Wells. I spoke briefly with Sherman Alexie (author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), who is a phenominal writer and a walking inspiration to everyone in the industry. I stood next to Dave Barry (under conditions where I had to stare straight ahead and could not talk -- it's a guy thing). And I got to hear Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame) sing and had an opportunity to meet with him. He spoke fondly of Atlanta, of working with former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell, and of his admiration for former senator Max Cleland. In addition to the Puff, The Magic Dragon book, Peter has a new one coming out this fall based on his song Day is Done. Great guy.

So now I'm all reinspired. It helps every now and then to realize how great it is to be working in a children's bookstore.

- Dave

1 comment:

Lewis Harris said...

Meeting Sherman Alexie must've been nice. I think "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is the best book I've read this year (so far).