Sisters in Crime at ALA

chicago_currentThis week has been a blur. Summer’s like that. Always busier than the school year. My kids are running to lessons in three different directions and guess who drives them? Right. Lucky for me, I have a few much anticipated Mommy reprieves scheduled this summer and the second on my list comes this weekend when I travel to Chicago for my very first American Library Association Conference.

I was thrilled to get an email from my local Sisters in Crime group earlier this year looking for volunteers to man (errr…woman) the SinC Booth at ALA. I live in an area of Ohio where all the local chapters of national groups meet at places at least an hour away. I join the groups but never attend meetings because an hour drive to and then another hour from seems silly and time consuming in my busy mommy life when the meeting only lasts one hour. I rely on the email groups for my networking and correspondence, but I’m there in spirit at those meetings ladies! And when something like this comes up, you can count on me. I LOVE conferences. Love. Love. Love.

I jumped on the opportunity to support Sisters in Crime and booked my room the same day. I have my talking points in one hand and my exhibitor list in the other. I can’t wait to meet Sisters from groups across the nation and possibly a few authors I can fangirl all over. My Merit Press sister Allison Ashley Formento, author of Twigs, will be there with her children’s’ book publisher. I’ve got her on my list of people to find. If you’ll be there, tell me where. I will find you! I can’t wait. I live for these Mommy-breaks, where I can refuel & recharge with my people.

2013 is set to be an amazing conference. This is from the American Libraries Magazines Site:

“ALA welcomes our colleagues, vendors, and other attendees to Chicago for the Association’s 137th Annual Conference June 27 to July 2. From the first year Chicago played host—in 1893, during the World’s Columbian Exposition—to now, 120 years later, we remain as committed as ever to the profession.

The conference theme, “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves,” plays out in programs from the Networking Uncommons and Maker Monday to presenters including Dan Cohen of the Digital Public Library of America and Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute. The incredible lineup of speakers throughout the conference includes Steven Levitt, Jaron Lanier, Khaled Hosseini, Ping Fu, Congressman John Lewis, Temple Grandin, Giada De Laurentiis, Ann Patchett, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, Alice Walker, and Octavia Spencer.

We’ll also be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with high-profile experts and children’s book illustrators including Paul O. Zelinsky, Brian Selznick, Jerry Pinkney, Erin Stead, Chris Raschka, and Eric Rohmann.

Here’s just a sample of the programs, special events, author appearances, award presentations, and other activities happening in Chicago. For a complete listing, visit”

There will be pictures!

Hope to see you there :)

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