Credit where credit is due. There were lots of other things that helped me get through our first ALA, and my first trade show (David was the experienced hand, having done anthropology exhibits during his e-publishing days at HRAF). Designer Linda Weidemann worked late and early with me, finalizing banners and buttons. Our son Tom was a willing “roadie,” loading boxes of books and hauling bottles of water, and staffers who came to Boston, Marcy Ross and Jess LaPointe, were fantastic. So was Tom Pemberton, who offered chair massage. But I wouldn’t have made it through the conference without this pair of shoes! I’ve been suffering from a pulled tendon, but thought I would be fine for ALA; two hours on those concrete floors, even with carpet padding, had me switching shoes for survival. If only I’d thought to explain them in a more creative way: I should have told people I was wearing trainers to promote our next major launch, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport!
From the ground up
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and occasional scholar who also writes about how women gain and wield power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a research associate of the Fairbank Center at Harvard, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. She was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at Karen's Letter on Substack, and follow her on Twitter etc @karenchristenze.