This past weekend Jed and I traveled to Las Vegas for the largest library conference in the United States. 13,000 librarians at the convention center to look and learn about new technologies, upcoming book releases, and new library programs. I used to attend when I was a librarian and it is one overwhelming mass of activity. This year I went for my blog, to see what are some of the upcoming releases for fall. Here is my visual mini- mash-up of ALA and Las Vegas.
Only in Las Vegas is a store this over the top. This is an H&M and yet as we walked by it looked and sounded like a nightclub!
Dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill- grilled shrimp in tamales made of hand ground masa. Delicious is too small a word.
At the Wynn hotel these beautiful balls are made of flowers! Only in Las Vegas would you decorate with something so fragile that has to be replaced every day- but so lovely to see.
High point of the show for me- meeting the wonderful Jean Kwok, who was warm and friendly with everyone in line. Her novel, Mambo in Chinatown, is one of my favorites this year.
These are the four books I got at the show that I’m most looking forward to this fall:
The Book of Strange New Things– Michael Faber has such range, with novels that vary from Under the Skin to The Crimson Petal and the White.
Rainey Royal– Dylan Landis’s first novel. I started reading while waiting in line to get the book signed and was hooked by page two so hopefully it continues to be a great read.
Last Winter We Parted– I’ve not read Nakamura before but this translation of his newest novel is supposed to be intense.