So, I’m back from TLA2013 (Texas Librarians Association) deep in the heart of Ft. Worth, Texas and it’s going to take me days to recover. It’s hard to keep up with the rowdy librarians. I’m serious. Like most people you probably think that they are all pretty quiet and boring. After all they do get paid to shush people. But, you my friend would be dead wrong. Librarians spend the whole year cataloging books, tracking down late fees, and saving up all their crazy, aggressive, budget cut-fueled rage for a couple days of hard drinking, tearing up the streets, and gettin’ all screwy decimal in yo’ face. They ride into town like a bunch of desperadoes, killing the sheriff, terrorizing the locals, and setting fires! No joke! It’s like that movie Spring Breakers only everyone’s wearing comfy shoes. I can’t count how many times a librarian has pulled a knife on me because I suggested they might be huffing too much paint.
Anyway, it is a bit more fun than you might think and these events are really invaluable to writers because librarians and teachers are the gatekeepers to your audience. If you want to write for kids you need to be nice to them because these people have daily access to your audience and can steer their little hands towards your books.
So if a couple times a year they’re barfing in the streets then I say, let ‘em!
Anyway, the other fun thing about these conferences is I get to hang out with other writing buddies and meet a few people I admire. Here’s a couple of pics from the kind folks I saw this year.
Tom Angleberger in his KEL GILLIGAN t-shirt!
Me, Tom Angleberger (ART2-D2′S GUIDE TO FOLDING AND DOODLING), Dan Yaccarino (DOUG UNPLUGGED), and Tony DiTerlizzi (A HERO FOR WONDLA)
Sharon Flake (PINNED)
A.G. Howard (SPLINTERED)
Blue Balliett (HOLD FAST)
Five seconds before the librarians beat a waiter to death because they ran out of rose.