November 26th kicked off with a painful 5.30am start, and a train to Manchester. As the publicists and Tamarind staff were swept northward, we were cheered about the day ahead: we had hot dates with 40 librarians!
The Reading Agency invited publishers, authors and librarians from all over the country to meet, share new titles and converse about what they have been doing. In the morning publishers and authors presented their new titles in very short slots. Ours was on why I get out of bed – especially at 5.30am! – to help put black children into books. It was all done in our allotted 45 seconds!
The afternoon was slightly more leisurely – each group of librarians had 8 minutes to speak to each publisher at their station. As the librarians circulated around the room, we had pithy and powerful conversations revealing lots of local initiatives, teen reading groups and community needs where our books could make a difference.
By the end of the day, we were looking forward to the next insanely early start. Thank you Reading Agency!