There’s little time to write about last night’s party because we have an early flight, and after the near-miss at Logan last week, when the kind staff and captain of our Alaska Airlines flight let us board after the plane had been closed, I have a feeling we’ll be heading for the airport a little early. But what a evening! It started with an eyeful at the new Seattle Public Library: The elevator opened to a hall painted solidly in gloss red, like 40s nail polish. Floor, ceiling, and walls. Fortunately that fit with our color scheme of pink and red.
This event felt like a family affair as we did final filling of gift bags before opening the doors (actually, there was no door, but a kind person from the library who held back the crowds till nearly six o’clock). Lance Fensterman of BookExpo, a dynamic former bookseller who latched onto the idea of cohosting a party only a few weeks ago, was a marvelous cohost. His staff put together plans, organized the catering, and dealt with the deluge of RSVPs. (Lance and I met at the Beijing Book Fair in August and I thought that explained our bond–nothing like being in China to make those connections. But last night I found out that’s he is from Minnesota.) BookExpo, the major U.S. conference for booksellers and publishers, is actively encouraging librarians to participate in June in New York–do come!
The stars of the evening were the librarians and board members of the selected and featured libraries, and I’ll be posting photos of some very happy people here as soon as I get home.