Monday, April 8, 2013

Oscar Party At ALA!

(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


I'M GOING TO PICK UP MY FIRST OSCAR!

Well, not quite, but it feels like it! I've been invited to attend the Odyssey Award ceremony at ALA Chicago, where Katy Kellgren and the audio team at Macmillan will receive the honor award for Best Audiobook for Monstrous Beauty.

Here's the crazy idea I've been kicking around for a few weeks now, since Colby Sharp inadvertently planted the idea in my mind: I want to have an ALA After-Party. It'll be a full-blown Oscars-like dinner-and-champagne event, at my house. And I want all of you to come. Well, all of you who are my bookish-industry friends: authors, agents, editors, publishers, librarians, teachers, and bloggers. I live a very short five miles down Lake Shore Drive from McCormick Place. The cab ride, split a few ways, is practically free. The food and drink will be free.

I looked at the ALA schedule, and I think Saturday, June 29th has no other special award dinners. But I'm not sure the online schedule is complete, and I don't want to interfere with real events. Are any of you going to ALA? Does Saturday seem good? WILL YOU COME? I want to meet you!

If the event gels, I'll need to approve your attendance—I might even send you a ticket to print out, and have my son's burly friend act as bouncer at the door—but I really want this to be inclusive, merry, and full of industry professionals. If it turns out to be too big for my house, which has comfortably fed 40 in the past (buffet style), I'll set up a tent in the yard and we can have double that many people.

Tell me what you think! (But don't bother saying I'm insane. That I know.)

19 comments:

  1. Insane? Perhaps. Insanely cool! ;)

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  2. Oh, boy! Will you wear something like Jennifer Lawrence is wearing? I'll bring truffles. (I know you don't mean people to bring things, but that wouldn't hurt, would it?)

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  3. I wish I were half as cute as JLaw! And truffles sound great!

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  4. Awwww! What a great idea! I have always felt like the Youth Media Awards a like the Oscars for Children's books. This just makes it more so.

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  5. I'm in! Give me a ticket please!

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  6. I am getting very excited about this shindig.

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  7. I would love to attend. It's going to be a wonderful evening.

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  8. Yeah! I want a ticket. And I can't wait to dress up! ::opensmodclothinseparatetab::

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  9. We're not acquainted yet, but I'll be at ALA and--other than a late-afternoon Naperville signing--would be interested in coming!

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  10. That sounds like a lot of fun. If you still have more room for 3 librarians: my husband, coworker, and I would love to attend!

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  11. Hi everyone! I hope you subscribed to the comments (although Blogger doesn't make it easy, I know), and that you get this message. Jot me an e-mail telling me whether you still plan to come to the party (and tell me your real name if you're Mr. Information Desk). My e-mail address is on the home page of this blog, in the left-hand column. Colby is excused from this activity, since he has made it abundantly clear that HE'LL BE THERE! You're all still most welcome...I'm just slowly starting to count noses for planning purposes.

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  12. Hi Elizabeth! I just sent you an email about how I'll be interviewing you for Booklist. I have another event until about 8 or 9pm, but would love to stop by if you think the party will last that long ;-)

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  13. I will so be there. I'm glad that I've made it clear:)

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