The Class of 2k13 had the first ever "Class of" panel at ALA Chicago, and I really do think it was a success. We have Polly Holyoke (THE NEPTUNE PROJECT) to thank for conceiving of the idea that a group of authors could be forward enough to send ourselves to ALA (typically publishers send their authors, and choose who goes), and then for pushing the project through to its fruitful endgame.
And what a game it was...
We wanted to offer something a little different for all the librarians who might be tired of talking about databases and Common Core Standards. So we thought - hey, librarians know stuff, and they like knowing stuff. Let's give them a chance to show off!
Our concept - each author hosted a table, decorated to fit the theme of their book. When people were seated with the author of their choice, we let them know we were not only table partners, but a team. After a quick Q&A with the entire panel we jumped into a quiz bowl, where the winning team won Super Swag Bags which contained ARCs, among other things. But, just to be sure that no one was bummed out, we made sure every attendee got a swag bag, with our bookmarks and general swag, but no ARCs. Hey, we had to make the Super Swag Bags special, right?
Oh, and we thought having Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT) host the whole thing might help draw in some people. You know, just maybe.
So I decided to share some awesome pics of my fellow Class of 2k13 members and our panel, which was a rocking good time indeed. But... as all pictures go, some of them weren't very good. In fact, some of them were downright funny (mostly those are my shots, you'll see). And, because I can't help but put a story together, I ended up making myself giggle.
And I like making other people giggle too. So, here are some things that happened at ALA... and some things that didn't.
***THINGS THAT DID HAPPEN***
|This was our swanky room at the Chicago Hilton|
|Kelly Barson's table for 45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) - with M&M's!|
|Lydia Kang's table for CONTROL. It's all precise and stuff 'cause she's a doctor.|
|Cristin Terril's table for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS|
|Geoffrey Girard's table for PROJECT CAIN. That's a genetically manipulated|
serial killer baby cooking up in a test tube, in case you were wondering.
|Tamera Will Wissinger's table for GONE FISHING.|
|Demetria Lunetta's table for IN THE AFTER - with Twinkies!|
|Caela Carter's beautiful table for ME, HIM, THEM, AND IT, with birth announcements.|
|My table for NOT A DROP TO DRINK, with water bottles. It's not M&M's or Twinkies though...|
|Also when you have that many water bottles sometimes you forget which one|
you were actually drinking from.
|A line begins to form outside our room... we were totally excited about that, by the way.|
|Demetria signs copies of IN THE AFTER to give away at her table. It was also|
her release week, so she had more stress than the President of the Universe.
|Our terrific group president, Liesl Shurtliff, signs copies of her RUMP. And no,|
that joke never stops being funny to me. Hopefully she thinks so too.
|Debra Driza puts together her table for MILA 2.0|
|Jennifer McGowan and her table for MAID OF SECRETS|
|Liesl Shurtliff stuffing swag bags for all attendees.|
|The line lengthens...|
|When we saw the amount of people outside we all got a little stressed and|
started hugging each other for support. Kate Karyus Quinn and Demetria Lunetta
represent Team Black Hair, Worn Down. I am team Black Hair, Worn Up, Non-Hugging.
|Liesl Shurtliff and Caela Carter for Team Nearly Blonde.|
|Lydia Kang and Debra Driza for Team Awesome Hair Regardless of Color.|
|Polly Holyoke and Tamera Will Wissinger for Team We Make Short Hair Look Good.|
|Geoff for Team Only Dude In The Room.|
|Kelly Barson explains the upcoming trivia game to her table.|
They're happy already because they have M&Ms
|Demetria explains the game to her table... they're happy because they have Twinkies.|
|Kate talks up her table. They're happy because she's so charming.|
|Everyone at Lydia's table is happy because they were presented with a|
geometrically pleasing pattern.
|Caela's table is happy because she's frickin' adorable.|
|I realize my table might get antsy because all I have to offer is water and I'm not nearly|
as adorable as Caela. So I try to impress them by showing them my karate chop move.
|... And Geoff realizes he'll probably have to explain the baby thing many, many times.|
|Dear God, it's Veronica Roth. I may have jumped up and down and flapped|
my arms like a chicken when I saw her.
|A brief Q&A with the panel. Standing: Geoffrey Girard, KA Barson, Liesl Shurtliff.|
Seated: Caela Carter, Debra Driza, Polly Holyoke, Lydia Kang, Stephanie Kuehn & Demetria Lunetta.
|The right side of the table. Standing: Nicole McInnes & Tamera Will Wissinger.|
Seated: Mindy McGinnis, Jennifer McGowan, Kate Karyus Quinn,
Tara Sullivan & Cristin Terrill.
|The panel is over, and the quiz game is afoot...|
|Stephanie Kuehn's table knows everything. No one checked their IQ|
level at the door and this table was stacked.
|I don't know many of the answers, so I just try to cock my head like a puppy and look cute.|
|Seriously I had no idea what was going on. I couldn't even remember|
the answers to the questions I had supplied.
|Deb came up with the idea of flailing with her score sheet, which was more than I had.|
|When the panel was over and it was time to clean up, Caela regretted the glitter.|
But it looked awesome, dude. Totally awesome.