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ALA Recap + Pics!

ALA was awesome! This, I'm sure you've heard -- in fact, you've probably jotted down next year's dates and location (Anaheim! 1.5 hours from me, hooray!) in your calendar already. Unless you attended this year, and beheld the awesomeness yourself. I hope we had the chance to meet.

Anyway, my number one ALA companion was the brilliant Kate Hart, as well as our extremely patient book sherpas husbands. Kate and I also got to hang with two of our new YA Highway Contributing Writers, Sarah Enni and Veronica Roth. We scooped up hordes of ARCs, waited in crazy long lines for signings and crawfish, ghost toured with a selection of the author/agent/editor A-list, sweated a whole lot, devoured pickled green beans, kept a low profile on Bourbon Street, and met so many writers, authors, librarians and book bloggers our heads spun around and around and around. One of the culminations for us was the Great Book Blogger Meetup we co-hosted with Stacked Books, which was a huge success. Hooray!

Now, on to the pics...
me (Kirsten Hubbard) and Kate Hart waiting in line for this fabulous author you might have heard of
Me, the lovely Veronica Roth, and Kate
on Bourbon Street with a bouquet of awesome writers and authors! from left: Kiki Hamilton (The Faerie Ring), Courtney Allison Moulton (Angelfire), Leah Clifford (A Touch Mortal), Shannon Messenger, Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons), Julie Cross (Tempest), Kari Olson, Kate Hart, Veronica Roth (Divergent), Kirsten Hubbard (Like Mandarin), Caorlina Valdez Miller, Sarah Enni, and Lindsey Roth Culli.
the epic tower of Shut Out (by our own Kody Keplinger)
with more brilliant writerly people: Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), Jessica Martinez (Virtuosity), Elana Johnson (Possession), Shannon Messenger, Carolina Valdez Miller, me, Kate, Kari Olson, and Jessi Kirby (Moonglass)
Kate, Sarah Enni, me and Kelly Jensen from Stacked Books at the Great YA Book Blogger Meetup
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Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. How fabulous, it looks like you all had so much fun! Although New Orleans is a bit of a trip, I would love to go there in a heartbeat!

  2. Hot times with hot ladies! Anaheim or bust, woo!

  3. I never sleep!

    Just kidding, I scheduled it last night :)

  4. Oh man, it looks like ALA was so much fun! I'm crossing my fingers for either BEA or ALA next year - and Anaheim sounds like the perfect excuse for this East Coaster to check out Disney Land!

    Those who went to BEA and ALA, which did you prefer?

  5. ALA is muuuuch more low-key, as far as ARC-nabbing is concerned. at BEA, if you're not there each day when it opens, you miss out. NYC is more fun than Anaheim, though. (I say this as a Californian and Disneyland lover.) HOWEVER, if you treated it as a chance to see a bit of SoCal outside Anaheim/inland OC, then I'd opt for ALA.

  6. Fun fun fun! It was so good to meet you girls! Hope to see you in San Diego in October ;)


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