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)


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.


  1. Wow! You have got some great books.
    Its great that you got to meet so many authors and bloggers.
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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 :)

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  3. 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 :)

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

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

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

  11. I want the replacement the over is so itriguing

  12. 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

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

    Happy reading :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. Congrats on the signed copy. Happy reading!

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. Great Mailbox! Love the signed copy :D

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


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