I somehow managed to get within a month and a half of the ALA Midwinter Meeting without realizing that it’s going to be just down the road in San Antonio. And unlike with the IRA show in San Antonio this past May, exhibits-only registration is priced quite reasonably. So I’m going.

(If you haven’t been to one of these shows, the term “exhibits” can be a little misleading. It’s not as if they’ll be displaying a prehistoric librarian perfectly preserved in amber — we’re talking trade show booths, albeit booths piled high with new books and giveaways and populated with real, live editors and marketing folks.)

In other news from the past week, I heard from an editor that Smith still isn’t working for her, had lunch with Don Tate (thanks for picking up the check, Don), interviewed a former Rolling Stone editor about James, and began lightly delving (if one can delve lightly) into E.F. I’m skeptical that I’ll get much more done before Christmas, but I’m OK with that.