Monday, January 28, 2013

Photos and News from my First IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS Appearance

Photo by fellow 2013 debut author,
Amy Tintera (Reboot).
I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, and I was overwhelmed by the excitement brewing for In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

On Saturday afternoon, I signed advance copies of the novel in the ABRAMS booth from 2:00-3:30, and I was stunned to see actual lines forming to meet me. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by! I met librarians, bloggers, teen readers, fellow authors, college students, and numerous other avid book readers. It was absolutely wonderful.

In the afternoon, I met fellow Lucky 13s members Kristen Kittscher (The Wig in the Window), Amy Tintera (Reboot), Lenore Appelhans (Level 2), and Sarah Skilton (Bruised, also by Amulet Books/ABRAMS). Plus I had coffee with fellow Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks author Katherine Longshore (Gilt, Tarnish). All these authors are highly talented and as nice as can be.

Sarah Skilton and me.
I ate a lovely dinner with ABRAMS staff members and authors, as well as Seattle-area booksellers. Then I was back to signing at the booth the following morning.

I also had the opportunity to speak about In the Shadow of Blackbirds twice, once in the conference's Book Buzz theater, and once at a librarian luncheon, at which I met nearly fifty enthusiastic librarians from across the U.S. Here are some photos from Book Buzz:

Tom Angleberger chats about Art2-D2.
Sarah Skilton discusses Bruised.

My In the Shadow of Blackbirds talk (with Jason Wells, Cecily Kaiser, & Maggie Lehrman of ABRAMS).
Photo by Sarah Skilton.

And here are photos of some of the talented people who have been helping me turn In the Shadow of Blackbirds into a reality.

My editor, Maggie Lehrman (left), and my ABRAMS publicist, Laura Mihalick.

A shot of me in the booth with Maggie Lehrman.

Thanks so much to ABRAMS Books for allowing In the Shadow of Blackbirds and me to be a part of ALA Midwinter 2013!


Kristen Kittscher said...

Wasn't it so much fun? Love the pics and it was wonderful to meet you in person.

Cat Winters said...

It was wonderful meeting you, too, Kristen! I just wish I remembered to take a picture of us Luckies when there was a group of us together!

Juliet Waldron said...

Congratulations, Catherine, on getting into the big time!

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Juliet! I'm still needing to pinch myself to make sure it's all real after the long journey getting here.

Katherine Longshore said...

Congratulations, Cat! And I'm so glad it went well. It was wonderful meeting you!

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Katy! It was wonderful meeting you, too! I'm so happy you were there.

Heather Hoffman said...

Sounds like a wonderful few days! Congratulations, so proud & so happy for you!

Heather Hoffman said...

Sounds like a wonderful few days! Congratulations, so proud & so happy for you!

Sarah (The Book Life) said...

ALA looks like so much fun! I would have loved to have gotten to hang out with all of the awesome authors and publishers! And it's really cool that you got to have your first signing! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Congratulations :0)

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Heather! :)

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Sarah! If you ever get a chance to attend an ALA conference, I highly recommend it.

Sarah Skilton said...

It was a delightful weekend, wasn't it? Wonderful to have met you! Thanks for sharing your photos and adventures :)