Meeting Alvina

Alvina Ling, Executive Editor, for the USA publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, was in town as one of the VIPs (Visiting International Publishers) so what an opportunity it was for some of the Sydney SCBWI folk, including Deb Abela (who had to rush off to the Aurealis Awards – good luck Deb), Jenny, Charlotte (see it was worth coming all the way from Orange), Chenoa, Mark, Kate, Serena (who has a wonderful new agent), and Susanne, to meet with her and chit chat. We had a wonderful night comparing the publishing scenes in both our countries, discussing publishing house terminologies, specific books that are published and just generally chit chatting. Alvina was wonderfully generous with her time and answers. We even squeezed in a quick stroll along the King Street shops beforehand.

chit chatting with Alvina
playing with cameras

Alvina is delightful. And of course some of us stayed on to dine too – and we ate very well, as these photos will testify.

house speciality – passionfruit souffle
more to share

A wonderful night with Alvina. Don’t make it so long between visits Alvina!

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