Here are some of the books I snagged. More were added on Sunday, including Kate Messner's and Tina Springer's! (pics of their signings coming in a later post)
Saturday night I went out with a bunch of authors, a librarian, and a S&S publishing peep. Author Stephanie Kuehnert (author of I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE and the upcoming BALLADS OF SUBURBIA) lives in Chicago, so she recommended this "eclectic Asian cafe" called Tamarind that was perfect. It wasn't too noisy and we were able to get a round table so we could all chat. They had sushi, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese food. Stephanie recommended the make-your-own stir fry so that's what I got. It was delicious! No one else was taking pictures, so I felt funny getting my camera out, or I would have taken a picture, because I know how much ya'll like some food porn.
I did take a picture of the interesting drink Stephanie ordered. We were all quite fascinated by it. You pick up to three fruits and they make a smoothie. THEN they add these funky little balls of something squishy called boba. She said it's similar to getting bubble tea? I've never heard of it!
Here's Mara of S&S who tried it. When the boba hit her mouth, she didn't know if she was supposed to chew or swallow it, so she swallowed it, and apparently, that's a mistake. (That's NYT bestselling author Lisa McMann to her left).
Okay, so there you have my detailed report on boba. So fascinating, I know!
Still lots to come. I'm going to try and do one more post before I have to pack up and head home. We'll see...