Monday, January 7, 2013
The next day, the convention hall opened to conference-goers at 3pm, and as people started to wander in, I learned what texts history professors and AHA members are truly excited about. Anne Hyde's Empires, Nations, and Families was definitely a standout. We sold out on the second day, spurred, of course, by its distinguished status as a finalist for the Pulitzer, excellent word of mouth, and Anne Hyde's talk at the conference, which a number of people came to the booth lauding (Hyde also stopped by the booth to check in, which was very cool). Other big sellers were The Storm of War, Stasiland, Tinderbox, The Partnership, and A Train in Winter.
The conference was a lot calmer than my first one. It was nice to really get to speak with the historians who came up to the booth about what they were teaching and what they were interested in. A few told us how much they love our books for their students, which was really nice to hear.
It was a wonderful second conference, and I know that this is how I ended my post about NCTE, but it would be a crime if I didn't mention the food in New Orleans. I'm coming to realize that conferences = amazing food in new places, and I could not be happier about it. I think I may have taken a few years off of my life with all the artery-clogging deliciousness that I consumed, but let me tell you, IT WAS WORTH IT. I don't think I've ever been to a city with better food, which was definitely a nice topper to a great working weekend.
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