Nyx handled her first field trip with aplomb. She traveled from Richmond, VA to Washington D.C. for the American Library Association annual conference along with her entourage (Ann & Mike). She approved of the Hotel Helix and held court in the room as she met with several favorite fans. She ventured down to happy hour at the hotel lounge but did not partake holding out for catnip and treats via room service.
She was allowed to visit the exhibits and her first stop was to visit Talia, Peter and Ben at the Macmillan booth where she hung out with Talia and checked out what was underneath the booth tables. She moved on to the Sisters In Crime booth where Donna Andrews took video of her meeting with Sandra Parshall and Sheila Connolly. Nyx also visited with Doris Ann Norris. Next stop was Algonquin/Workman where she met Ina and Carla. After all the excitement (including cab rides) she napped out for awhile back in the room.
Virginia at HarperCollins invited Ann to the Gala Author Tea (always a great line up of authors) and since Talia had extra seats at her table she invited Mike and Nyx to attend. Braving a fierce thunderstorm Mike and Nyx arrived in time to hear Heidi Durrow and Laura Lippman. Nyx was very well behaved and probably would have allowed Talia to climb into her carrier with her if it was physically possible. After the tea Nyx hung out in the hall of the Mayflower Hotel and met with some of the tea party attendees. She met several new publishing pals and greeted Laura Lippman.
Part of ALA is all about collecting some free bling and Nyx acquired a cool TRAVELING TO MARS (Mary Roach) luggage tag compliments of Golda at Norton and a Knuffle Bunny luggage tag (which Mike coveted but gave up for Nyx). So now her cat carrier is well tagged…
She missed meeting Jessica Moyer, Helen Chin, Virginia and a few other folks but all in all she had a good conference and is already thinking about the conference next June in New Orleans.
Here are some video links from her adventures:
Talia & Nyx
Nyx checking and checking out the Hotel Helix
Nyx on the bed Hotel Helix