Monday, July 01, 2013

Chicago Library Confab

My son, Steve and I just returned from Chicago where we attended the American Library Association’s annual convention at the McCormick Center.  I had an opportunity to talk a bit about my book. LETTERS FROM HILLSIDE FARM (Fulcrum Press), and sign a bunch of books, and see more librarians in one place than I've ever seen before.  Some 17,000 people were preregistered for the conference, coming from all over North America and from many other places in the world as well.  The conference began on June 28 and winds up on July 2.

            I hadn't attended an event at McCormick Place for more than ten years, and had forgotten what a huge, sprawling, walk-requiring, escalator-taking place it is.  Good to be back home.

            Two events we missed.  On Saturday afternoon, bookmobiles from near and far paraded around downtown Chicago—something like a parade of tractors at an old tractor show I would guess.  And on July 1, I especially would have enjoyed seeing, and this is a direct quotation from the show’s daily newspaper of happenings, “10:00 a.m. -2 p.m. Authors will be rotating while reading poems of their choice.”  It would be a sight to see—poets turning in tight little circles while reading some of their favorite poems.  But why should I be surprised, poets have been long known for doing unusual things.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS:   I should try doing a bit more rotating.


July 2, Boscobel Library, 10:00 a.m.
July 13-20.  Writing Retreat, Rhinelander.
August 3-4. Kansas City, Kansas Public TV, Kansas City. A Farm Story.
August 6-7, Nebraska Public TV, Lincoln, Nebraska.  A Farm Story.


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