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LT meetup at the National Book Festival

National Book Festival

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1melannen
Sep 24, 2006, 3:35pm Top

This was mentioned back on the first thread, and if it's really gonna happen, it oughta get set up soon. Anybody want to suggest a time and place? It looks like everything that I *have* to see is happening between 12:00 and 2:00, and I randomly suggest the front steps of the NMNH or the sculpture garden as places to meet. (Map of the festival grounds: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/images/2006%20NBF%20public%208-23%20without%20title%... )

If we actually get a plan set up I'll try to see if we can get Tim to blog it.

2Tricoteuse
Sep 25, 2006, 7:58pm Top

I'd definitely be up for it. It looks like the things I want to do have a break at about 2:00 as well.

The Natural History museum steps sounds like a good meeting place since it's away from the book tents a bit so it might be easier to find people there.

3brewergirl
Sep 29, 2006, 1:09am Top

I'm flying down tomorrow afternoon and am not sure if I'll have email access once I get there. So I'll plan on the steps of the Natural History museum at about 2:00pm unless some suggestions something else in the next 12 hours.

See you there!

4timspalding
Sep 29, 2006, 1:25am Top

Hey, shoot cell-phone pictures or whatever. I wish I could be there, but I'm ping-ponging around this week.

5SqueakyChu
Edited: Sep 29, 2006, 7:35am Top

Mmmmm... *frowns* Daniel Silva's speaking at 2pm. I might just have to miss you all.

If I ran into a Librarythingamabrarian during the day, how would I know one?

P.S. If I change my mind about D.S., I'll see you at the steps of the NMNH at 2pm...

6melannen
Sep 29, 2006, 12:01pm Top

Wow! Okay, this looks like it might actually happen! I'll be on the steps at two, with my camera and probably my sister (who is also on LT), wearing a broad-brimmed black wool hat. Hope to see some more of you, then.

7gilroy
Sep 29, 2006, 12:14pm Top

We need to get some way to identify Thingamabrarians at the Festival. That way, we can bump into people while walking as well as at the steps. (If I can make it, dang working for the electric company and seeing too many storms come through...)

8Tricoteuse
Edited: Sep 29, 2006, 2:14pm Top

I'm possibly supposed to meet up with another friend but if she doesn't show I will try to be there at 2.

I'll ask the LT staff if they'll put something on the blog about it to spread the word to more people.

9SqueakyChu
Sep 29, 2006, 8:24pm Top

Okay. No Daniel Silva. :-)

I'll try to get to the NMNH at 2pm to meet all of you.

10timspalding
Sep 29, 2006, 8:57pm Top

Posted about it on the blog. We should get some sort of little button, like the one Esperanto speakers wear. :)

11SqueakyChu
Sep 29, 2006, 9:47pm Top

I can make a button. What should it look like or what should it say?

12ellen.w
Sep 29, 2006, 9:50pm Top

How about using one of the logos on the Press page?

I wish I'd thought of this a week ago -- we could have had actual buttons made on CafePress. Tim, how about setting up a CafePress store for future meet-ups? (Or, heck, if you need a volunteer I'll do it.)

13SqueakyChu
Sep 29, 2006, 10:47pm Top

I made a name button out of the logo with my screen name on it. It came out fairly well, I think. You all will let me know how I did with it tomorrow, okay? :-)

14rikker
Sep 29, 2006, 10:55pm Top

I don't think there are buttons yet, but there is a store.

http://www.cafepress.com/buy/librarything/

15timspalding
Sep 29, 2006, 11:42pm Top

My God you people are insane in the greatest way. I'm really sorry I can't buy you all a beer in Georgetown.

Abby runs the Cafe Press*. I'll ask her if we can have buttons next time.

*Very poorly as the whole point was to not make any money, but somehow a "volume" thing kicked in and now we have like $7 sitting there that we're going to have to figure out how to account for on some damn financials spreadsheet.

16SqueakyChu
Sep 30, 2006, 12:16am Top

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17SqueakyChu
Edited: Sep 30, 2006, 7:28pm Top

Sorry you can't be there, Tim (Chris, and Abby). Next year we'll have to take you up on the beer in Georgetown, though.

I was at last year's festival, and it was great fun (even though my friend and I spent half of the book festival time in an anti-war march in front of the White House)...

We'll be sure to let you know how the book festival was..after all, this is *your* thing! :-)

18gilroy
Sep 30, 2006, 6:26pm Top

Gah! Family obligations got past being off work! I so wanted to get to meet people, but I didn't get to the steps until 2:35 PM. :

19SqueakyChu
Sep 30, 2006, 7:27pm Top

So sorry we missed you, gilroy. We didn't leave the steps until 2:40pm.

Did you miss melannen's great hat? Too bad. :-(

I got to meet melannen and ellen.w. *waving to them now*
It was great to meet you both and now be able to put a face to the names! Hope we can meet again at some point.

The festival was really fun. For me, the highlight was hearing Khaled Hosseini speak. I also enjoyed hearing Mary Karr, Julia Glass, Spider Robinson (who also sang), and Geraldine Brooks. I skipped Alexander McCall Smith because the booth was overcrowded, but my friend said she liked his talk the best. She also listened to Bob Woodward, but, again, too many people drove me away.

All in all, it was a great day, and I plan to return next year.

20ellen.w
Sep 30, 2006, 9:06pm Top

*waves back* I'll get that picture up sometime soon, and link to it here.

21gilroy
Oct 1, 2006, 8:54am Top

Missed the hat, somehow. Must have been the lines to get into the museum was obscuring my view of all things.

I liked listening to Kevin Clash (Only talk I really got to hear.). He even had an Elmo puppet with him to talk to the kids.

Next year will be better! We will get more for meeting!

22SqueakyChu
Oct 1, 2006, 10:03am Top

How about next year, same time, same place, same museum?

Melannen...you wear the same hat, and we'll all look for you.

ellen.w, you bring your camera and we'll all pose for you! :-)

P.S. We were sitting on the seat on the right side of the landing (facing the museum).

See ya next year!

23timspalding
Oct 1, 2006, 10:11am Top

So what was it, four?

24timspalding
Oct 1, 2006, 10:13am Top

And PS: What's with all the flagging? Someone is lucky that system is broken!

25ellen.w
Oct 1, 2006, 1:14pm Top

Four of us were there, but only three of us found each other. Here's the picture, and here are the rest of my Book Festival photos on Flickr.

26melannen
Oct 2, 2006, 4:28pm Top

Hooray! It was great fun, and I had a great time talking to other LTers! We should do again, only with more people next time.

27Tricoteuse
Oct 4, 2006, 12:19pm Top

I'm so bummed that I missed out! I was at the book festival for a while but I had to leave early for an emergency.

Sounds like you all had fun, we'll definitely have to plan something again next year.

28brewergirl
Oct 6, 2006, 12:05am Top

I was at the Festival but didn't make it over to the Museum. Maybe next year!

I thought it was a great day. I spent my book allowance by 9:30am ... and nursed my pulled shoulder the rest of my vacation week. But it was worth it.

I feel like I spent the whole day in the History & Biography tent ... with just 3 trips over to Fiction & Fantasy. I guess I'm not very well-rounded!

29SqueakyChu
Oct 6, 2006, 11:17am Top

So who did everyone see, and what did you think of them?

What was the hihlight of the day for you?

30ellen.w
Oct 8, 2006, 11:02am Top

SqueakyChu, I'm going to start a new thread for those questions so people will know it's another topic!

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