Friday, October 13, 2006

Helen's Pictures of UMBA and MFW Gala

Kathleen Eagle and me a the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. My first. It was ... enlightening. Booksellers, like writers are an interesting crew.

Roxanne Rustand, Kathleen Eagle, Maureen McKade, and Lois Grieman, all at the MFW table for the UMBA convention.

Barbara Samuel, not a good picture of her, but she gave a great after dinner speech about how climbing a mountain is much like writing.

Some of us went to the hotel bar after the dinner celebration. From the left, the fabulous Rosemary Heim, one of my critque partners, Michelle Buonfiglio, of Romance B(u)y the Book fame, Karen Sanders, Stephanie Plant (Tina's gorgeous daughter), Amy Wodarski, MFW Treasurer extraordinaire, me, Sarah Tieck, another one of my incredibly talented critique partners, and Tina Plant, mother, writer, critique partner, Xena wonderful!We're in Rosemary Heim's hotel room and we've just finished stuffing 100+ goody bags for workshop attendees. It was fun, but I think I'd been more efficient at it if I hadn't previously had 3 glasses of wine. Karen Sanders is standing on the left, then it's Sarah, Nancy Holland, Rosemary, Amy and Cai Smith in the front. Stephanie and Tina in the back.


Kelly Parra said...

Very cool, I love pics! Glad you had a good time. =D

anne frasier said...

looks like fun! i went to umba last year and really enjoyed it. this year it was the same time as bouchercon in madison. :(

Anonymous said...

I can see the Minnesota contingent still knows how to have a good time! Wish I'd been there, too!

Helen. . . more details, please! How was it meeting booksellers on their own turf? Stories? Gossip? Industry news? Come on, spill.

:) Betina

Helen Brenna said...

Betina, you know me. I never have any gossip worth telling.