Everyone I met during my four days in Las Vegas was so incredibly nice. All the teachers seemed so enthusiastic about their jobs, and our books (especially the many free copies we distributed). Our two panels (“Reaching Boys Who are Reluctant Readers” and “Ask the Experts About Thornton Wilder”) went off without a hitch, and I came away with a much better sense of our books and what works in mostly middle and high school classrooms. Titles that the teachers seemed especially excited about included Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Graveyard Book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How to Write a Sentence, Understanding Comics, and the new graphic novel version of The Alchemist, along with classics like Our Town and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
I had a really wonderful time, and hope to stay in contact with many of the teachers I met and spoke with there. I think that I’m going to love the conference-going aspect of my job in the future, because it provides the unparalleled opportunity to actually meet our customers, and hear what works for them and what doesn’t.
P.S. - Did I forget to mention the food? SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD. If you ever have the chance to travel to Las Vegas, you’re definitely in for a treat in that department, even if you have to wait in line for an hour and fifteen minutes like we did for the famous Caesar’s buffet.