- European men in finely-tailored suits.
- Women wearing leather pants and others wearing baby doll dresses. A possible explanation for this dichotomy is that it snowed a foot on March 10th, so no one knew what to pack.
- Waif-thin artists expressing themselves with DIY fashion.
- Roller suitcases to carry all the product descriptions and marketing collateral.
- Large and awkward artist portfolios.
- A Ragassi award-winning publishing firm, impervious to the chaos around them, enjoying a lovely lunch together, complete with Italian wine (red) at a long table with a tablecloth (!), in their artfully-decorated booth.
- With the exception of a newborn in a Bugaboo and a toddler sleeping in his mother’s lap (whose father was an illustrator promoting himself at the fair), children were noticeably absent. I know for sure, however, that my friend’s 10 year old will be attending the fair on Friday with his class, which will be a welcome addition to the very mature and serious energy that pervades the exhibition hall.
While I can’t claim these as my own, as they were posted throughout the event, the themes of the event are important to convey to you:
- Smell the paper. Touch the story.
- Read slowly. Savor the wor(l)d.
- Connect the ideas. Browse time.
- Touch the screen. Enter the tale.
- Close your eyes. See the image.
- See the images. Imagine the future…
One thing is eminently clear – the children’s book publishing industry is changing rapidly. Little Pickle Press is excited to be among those on the vanguard of the innovation.