I had the distinct pleasure of attending the American Library Association conference held, conveniently, in Boston this past weekend. If my husband had the data cord to connect the camera phone to the computer, I could actually share photos of me signing ARCs of ONE GOOD DOG for the gratifyingly large crush of library types who met me at the MacMillan booth. It was, nonetheless, a great privilege to be a part of the MacMillan author group. It was such fun meeting librarians from all over the country…Utah, California, Albany, Worcester, Brooklyn, Providence, and, best of all, from my childhood library, the Russell Library in Middletown, CT. It reminds me of how important libraries are. These are the soldiers on the frontline of literacy.
I’ve also just discovered a wonderful website called IndieBound that focuses on the independent bookstore. Most ABA member bookstores are listed, but visitors can nominate their own favorite independent bookstores for inclusion on the nationwide list. Visit http://www.bookweb.org/indiebound to see what’s happening in the world of independent bookstores.