This past weekend was the ALA (American Librarian Association) Winter Meeting here in sunny Seattle. This resulted in an overabundance of brainy people eating at Cheesecake Factory across from the convention center (which is a change of pace), AND a chance for me to take some publishing friends on a tour of Seattle! Win, win!
The willing victims of my day trip were my lovely agent Brenda Bowen, Angus Killick from Henry Holt, and Stephen Savage (yes, Stephen Savage, illustrator/author of Little Tug and Where’s Walrus?, and illustrator of Polar Bear Night–squee!). I took them for a taste of real Seattle coffee at Vivace, a loop through Volunteer Park and Conservatory, a drive through North Capitol Hill’s historic mansion district, an obligatory Kodak moment at Kerry Park (see above), and a stroll down Ballard Avenue which resulted in 5-star comfort food (mac & cheese, pan-seared brussel sprouts, and butternut apple soup) at Bitterroot BBQ.
Not bad for a soggy Sunday afternoon!
This Thursday I fly to NYC for the SCBWI Winter Conference, and I can hardly wait!!!