ALA 2017 Collage

Light Messages team attended our first American Library Association conference recently in Chicago. We met with countless authors, publishers, and librarians from across the country to share the news about our meaningful books and emerging authors. 

Author Dave Edlund of the best-selling Peter Savage novels had the opportunity to speak at the Chapter One Stage about “International Thrillers in a Divided World.” He read from his novels and spoke on how his scientific expertise influences his writing and how he addresses global issues through his Peter Savage thriller series. Afterward, Dave held a signing for attendees. 

Upon hearing how one librarian was hooked having just read the first two books of the Peter Savage series, Dave smiled and said, “Meeting fans like that every month or so is why I do what I do.”

Dave Edlund Chapter One Stage

Dave was not the only author to be surprised by his fans. Another librarian was ecstatic to see Carl Nordgren’s titles The 53rd Parallel and Anung’s Journey on display. This librarian, from the Ojibwa Community Library in Baraga, Michigan, found her perfect match with these books about the Ojibwa people! And we were reminded once more that this is what it’s all about.

Deborah Hining INDIES Bronze Award

On Saturday afternoon Foreword Reviews announced its 2016 INDIE Book of the Year award winners. We were proud and grateful to have two of our titles recognized by Foreword. Deborah Hining glowed as she won the 2016 INDIE Bronze Book of the Year for the Fiction/Religion category for A Saint in Graceland—only three years after her debut novel, A Sinner in Paradise, was awarded the INDIE Bronze Book of the Year for Romance in 2013. Rebecca Brewster Stevenson’s debut novel Healing Maddie Brees was also a finalist for the INDIE Fiction/Religion Book of the Year.

During the conference, our authors shined. We held ten book signings with eight authors, and each author ran out of books. We are so proud of all they have accomplished. And we are grateful to the many librarians who stopped by, met our authors, and have ordered our titles for their collections.

To all those who were a part of our ALA exhibition, THANK YOU for supporting small presses like us! 

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