Wonder where I’ve been, it’s off to the American Library Association conference for a few days, and then of course all the work, emails, etc. that built up while I was gone. But I did have some encounters of the author kind, and it made everything enjoyable. Went to a Science Fiction and Fantasy author panel, and Horror author panel. Saw Eric Flint and Charlaine Harris, so I’m excited. Two people that totally get it that librarians are on their side. They were both enlightening and funny and interesting and all the things you would imagine they would be and more. Eric Flint made some interesting observations about how “genre” writers are often ignored or negated by the “literary fiction” people. Those of us who hate this literary gamesmanship by the so-called important writers, welcome this interpretation of how things really are. We see that all types of literature are important and necessary for our audience of readers, especially those frequenting public libraries or borrowing on Interlibrary Loan.
So then there is the charming southern Charlaine Harris. Remember I blogged one of her Aurora Teagarden books early on. But oh do I love the sexy steamy Sookie Stackhouse novels, now of HBO True Blood fame. She’s (Charlaine) charming and I find her very down to earth, even after many of us worship at the altar of her characters and books.
So it was fun when I got to go to the author’s panels and less so when I went to library software programs, but so it goes.