Posts Categorized: bookish trips

ALA 2015: event recap + giveaway!

ALA 2015: event recap + giveaway!

I’m back from the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco! Well, I’ve been back for almost a week, but was so wiped out (and still nursing minor injuries), so this post is just now going live. But here I am with tidbits and goodies to share. I was bad at taking photos this year, but it was for good reason–I was having such a good time that I often forgot! Last year’s trip was great, but ALA 2015 surpassed my expectations, in ways I didn’t even imagine. Stick around, since we’re also giving away TWO prizes–a box of 10 coveted ARCS to a U.S. reader, and an awesome tote “Reading is my Everything, Everything” bag filled with swag to an international reader. The Authors There were so many great authors at ALA this year, and I trotted around like an obedient pony trying to find them all. Marie Lu… Read more »

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Layla at NCTE / ALAN: Event Recap

Layla at NCTE / ALAN: Event Recap

Happy December! So I had a book adventure / conference adventure right before Thanksgiving, which was appropriate because as a Layla, I am perpetually thankful for books. Two weeks ago, I attended the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (as well as the workshop on YA Lit that followed the conference, ALAN). This year’s conference was held in Washington, D.C., which is close-ish to where I live in North Carolina, so it seemed like a good year to go. An added bonus – I had a group of friends who were already going, one of whom was a seasoned ALAN veteran who promised to show me the ropes. Road trips! Learning! D.C.! Count me in. Although I went to NCTE for professional reasons, it turned out to be unexpectedly and delightfully relevant to my work as a reader and blogger. Conferences in my field primarily consist of different panels… Read more »

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Kim Visits Baldwin’s Book Barn

Kim Visits Baldwin’s Book Barn

Hello, dear friends! Today I am coming at you with this most delightful of posts. I recently took a trip to Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester, PA. I actually discovered its existence when our own Wendy tweeted out this directory for independent bookstores and I discovered that I had this whimsical wonder practically in my own backyard! I knew I just had to take the trip. It was also featured in Buzzfeed’s list of the Great American Bookstores. I hope you can find similarly deserving treasures in your neighborhood!       The building itself was built in 1822 and was an actual farmhouse until it founds its new life as a bookstore in 1946. Book lovers have been flocking to it ever since.   This is the main entrance. It has a coal stove because of course it does. It’s a 19th century farm building. I was obviously and utterly… Read more »

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A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

You guys, you guys, you guys. What is life even anymore? I do not know. Last night I had the incredible, incredible privilege to moderate an author Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. So obviously I was super nervous but quickly found out there was no reason to be! I met with the ladies briefly before the event and we discussed our Q&A gameplan. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Susan at the YA Runs a 5K event here in Philly last July, and was completely overwhelmed when they both greeted me with hugs last night.       I was so thrilled to see a huge number of actual teens and younger people in the audience. When I attended an event earlier this year at CBW it seemed like the adults definitely outnumbered the… Read more »

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ALA Vegas 2014: event recap + giveaway!

ALA Vegas 2014: event recap + giveaway!

How was your weekend? Kate and I spent it at ALA 2014, which took place in Las Vegas this year. We thought we’d share some photos and memories from our trip with you. It’s an easy drive for us from Los Angeles, so we rounded up our respective tote-carriers husbands for a road trip and a whirlwind weekend filled with books, booze, and fun! We got stuck in traffic both ways and had to brave temperatures up to 111 degrees, but it was all totally worth it. Check out my wall with the fancy showgirl wallpaper! I kind of love her. She makes me feel festive. Somehow we landed a suite at the hotel, and the dramatic view from our sitting room window was pretty awesome at night. Some of the highlights from our trip: The Little Brown Dance Party, where Kate and I chatted with A.S. King, Paolo Bacigalupi,… Read more »

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Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Oh man, you guys, I am back from BEA and am here to regale with you my adventures! This has been such a crazy couple of weeks for me. My nephew was born the week before BEA so if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, BEA was sure to oblige! :p Luckily, I live in the Philly suburbs so it didn’t take too much time for me to hop on a train to NY Tuesday evening and make my way! Wednesday morning was the NOVL Bloggers Brunch at Hachette headquarters. It was too funny–when I stepped onto my subway train I just happened to be in the same car as Jamie and April. Serendipitous, I think! NOVL had a great brunch spread for us–including mimosas! I don’t know about you but I never say no to a mimosa. ;) We were treated to an awesome look at some very intriguing titles… Read more »

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Kim and Kate’s Adventures in Philadelphia

Kim and Kate’s Adventures in Philadelphia

It can be kind of weird to share a blog with a bunch of people you’ve never met in person, but that’s the situation here at The Midnight Garden. We are scattered all across North America, and several of us have never even met each other in person. It’s kind of like an odd combination of having a pen pal and dating someone long distance. So we were really excited last week when Kate had the opportunity to visit Kim in Philadelphia for a day. Here’s what happened.     Kate: I was nervous about missing my train (I’ve never taken Amtrak, but I’m always really confused when I try to take trains long distances in Europe, and I (correctly) assumed this had less to do with the language barrier than with general incompetence on my part), so I arrived half an hour early. And then waited by the wrong… Read more »

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