Saturday, October 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (17)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I'm Alison. I've been blogging for almost five months. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Kidlit Con 2010 on Saturday in downtown Minneapolis. We had a great group of bloggers, authors, and publishers in attendance.  Most of the audience was geared toward younger books than I typically read, but there was still lots of interesting information. 

Some of the sessions:
Blog Touring
Blog Platforms and Best Practices
Poetry Friday
Publicity Panel - Great Q&A with people from Flux, Lerner, and HarperCollins
And the Keynote address by...Maggie Stiefvater!!!!

Maggie was a great speaker. She's upbeat, funny, and rather perky in a way that you wouldn't expect from her angsty books. (I took pictures of Maggie speaking, but they all turned out with her in funny poses, so I'll do her a favor and not post them unless someone else from the conference puts up a decent photo).

I met some great bloggers and authors at the conference:

Authors: Swati Avasthi, Elissa Cruz, Kurtis Scaletta, Blythe Woolston.
Bloggers: Ms Martin Teaches Media, The Wormhole, Jen Robinson's Book Page, From The Mixed Up Files Of Middle Grade Authors.

There were many others there, but these are the ones I actually talked to.

Next year the conference is in Seattle. I'd recommend it!

Here are my books for the week:

Free/For Review

The Hole In The Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (won Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature)

Bought


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (I've already read this, but I got a signed copy!)
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

I wanted to buy many more from the conference, but this is all the cash I could shell out. I will be checking out  lots of library books in the near future, I'm sure.

29 comments :

  1. Wow! You have got some great books.
    Its great that you got to meet so many authors and bloggers.
    Here's what I got In My Mailbox

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  2. It must of been fun. I wish I knew about the conference. I would of tried to obtain a driver and a proper carriage for long distance travel :)

    Please do stop by my blog and give some feedback on my contacts/policy draft.

    Have a pleasant weekend :)

    Mad Scientist
    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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  3. That KidLit Con sounds awesome. HAppy reading :D

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  4. What an awesome week you had! I can't wait to go to my first convention-type-thing, whenever that may be. I still haven't read Shiver :( I need to!

    Anyway, I hope you have a great week :)

    Here's what I got in my mailbox this week :)

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  5. I hope that you enjoy your books. Check out what I got In My Mailbox. Happy reading.

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  6. kid lit con sounds awesome!! that would be so much fun! enjoy your books!

    Here's my IMM

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  7. Looks like you had a great week!! Happy Reading!

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  8. It was great to get a chance to meet you at KidLit Con 2010. I enjoyed the conference too. My mailboxes are here and here. Happy reading!

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  9. Nice signature :)

    Glad to hear that Maggie Stiefvater was a great at KIDLIT CON 2010. I wished they had venues like that closer to home. You are one LUCKY GIRL!

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  10. Shiver is quite adorable - I hope you love it. Happy reading! :)

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  11. Looks like you got some great books! Happy reading!

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  12. I want the replacement the over is so itriguing

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  13. You got some good books, and sounds you had a fun time at the kidlit con. It's cool you got to see Maggie S. (sorry i don't like spelling out her last name) i'm hoping to be able to go to some of our upcoming things here in texas. have fun reading

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  14. Wow you're so lucky to have Shiver signed by her :D !!!

    Happy reading :)

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  15. I've got Shiver and Linger on my to read pile - congrats on getting a signed copy. Kidlit Con sounds like a brilliant event.

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  16. Sounds like a great conference! And how cool to meet Maggie - I bet that was awesome. Happy reading :)

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  17. Oh! Signed Shiver! That's awesome. Hope you enjoy all of your books.

    My Mailbox

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  18. Sounds like you had a great time at KidLit Con! Happy reading!

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  19. The Replacement is awesome. Glad you had fun. Happy Reading!

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  20. The Replacements looks really good. Happy reading :)

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  21. Congrats on the signed copy. Happy reading!
    Ragan

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  22. I hope you enjoy Shiver. I read it and liked it. :P

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  23. Oh wow, that seems like a fun conference to attend and you met Maggie Stiefvater in person! She does seem upbeat based on her blog so it's not surprising that she's like that in real life.

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  24. I really liked Shiver and I've requested The Replacement from my library and I can hardly wait until it comes in! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my mailbox. It sounds like you had a really good time at the conference. You've got a great selection this week- enjoy!

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  26. Happy reading!!! All thosae books look great.

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  27. Great Mailbox! Love the signed copy :D

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  28. Great IMM! I've read Shiver and I loved it. The Replacement looks fantastic. Enjoy:)

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