Friday, August 7, 2009

LDS Booksellers Convention

This post is all about LDS books, so if you are not a fan, you have been warned.

Karlene and I went up to LDS Booksellers Convention (LDSBA) yesterday. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. There were no big decorations or crowds of people or even signs to indicate which hall they were in.

Then we went inside. And it was still quiet. There wasn't that rush and buzz of bodies and voices that I remember from the past. And a lot of the bigger booths were smaller this year. I am not sure if it is the economy or a statement on the state of books in general or what, but it made me a bit sad.

Here are a few of the pictures I took today.

This first picture is something I have never seen at the convention before. The floor was considerably smaller than before. Not as many booths as in years past.

Curtain used to shorten floor

Millennial Press
We used to share warehouse space with them

One Associated
They provided our pass into the convention

Stripling Warrior swords
I am thinking about getting one for Hunter
They are made of wood.
What do you think? Good idea for him?

Deseret Book
Their booth was one of those that was smaller this year

New Releases from Covenant
Does anyone notice any missing titles here?
They always go all out with their booth
This year's convention theme was Discovering Treasures
Their booth was a nice pirates lair full of new treasures

Karlene with Kae D. Jacobs
author of Beyond the Masque

Me with Kae D. Jacobs
She gave a book to Karlene and I. We will both do a review soon.
Cedar Fort
Another downsized booth

The faces of Valor Publishing
All in all, though, it was good day spent seeing new products, seeing old friends and making new ones.

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tawnya said...

Oh, please don't get him a sword! As a mother of a toddler, I beg you...

Sandra said...

Don't forget I had 7 toddlers.

I was adamant that my boys not have toy guns, swords, weapons of any kind and they turned everything into guns and swords- legos, sticks, crayons, toast...

I didn't get one, though. Perhaps if he were older and would understand the symbolism a bit more I would have, but until then he will have to make do with other things, just like his daddy.

Cami said...

Why wasn't Dave's new book there? He's been pretty quiet as of late....maybe still working on it? Extended deadline? Hmm. Looked like you had fun though. I went to the quilt show I told you about today. I guess it's a talent I wish I had, but don't. So it intrigues me. They are beautiful. It runs through Sept. if you get bored and want to see some good art! :)

Sandra said...

Cami- I'll let Dave tell us about his book. And yes it was fun. I love booksellers. But I loved it more when I was able to be there all three days as a vendor. And maybe I will come down for the quilt show. I love making quilts. Brandi and I were discussing a pattern to make in black and white to represent a soccer ball. Now if I could just find the time.

Cami said...

Time. Something that seems to evade us all. :)

Cami said...

This has nothing to do with anything....I'm just really in the Christmas mood and was noticing that you have several Christmas posts from the I was listening to the one...or watching it, I guess...that shows your house lighting synchronized with music! I was quite enjoying it, my children will love you for further encouraging my early Christmas Spirit! Anyway, funny thing is that there is a dog barking the entire time in the background. It is 6:00 a.m. right now...suddenly my little dog walks in my bedroom with her ears cocked up and her eyes scanning the room. I'm pretty sure she was looking for the barking intruder! Lol! It was a great way to start the day! House was lovely by the way, did you do it again last year? That post said 2007. Once again....I CAN'T WAIT! Love Christmas! :)

Eowyn said...

That sounds like heaven in a room, albeit a slightly smaller heaven than normal. . .though a good portion of the LDS fiction I've been reading doesn't rate more than a 3 1/2 to 4 out of five for me. Fun romps.

Bet it was a blast.

Luisa sent me!

chadntifany said...

I thought the conference was nice even with a smaller group this year. I had more time to spend at each booth and found some new products. I picked up My Sister's Budget after stopping by their booth and also some unique picture frames. Thought it was a nice convention again.