Friday's Networking Reception was a fantastic way to kick off the symposium. A packed room listened to introductory remarks from YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski. The crowd responded positively to YALSA Board member Kim Patton's appeal for support of the Spectrum program. And everyone vigorously applauded Victoria Stapleton of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Yen Press, the sponsor of the reception.
Then, attendees could mix and mingle with their fellow colleagues, enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Around the room, discussions ranged from the symposium, challenges faced in day-to-day work life, or what you had read recently. Two Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Yen Press authors were present, signing books and interacting with fans: Julie Anne Peters and Svetlana Chmkova. In addition, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers made available their popular "galleys by mail" program, where you could request advanced readers copies to be mailed to you.
It was truly a wonderful evening and left everyone charged up about the symposium and Saturday's slate of programs. Many thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Yen Press for sponsoring the reception!