Another AAS


from Press News, posted 03/25/2013 - 18:06

So another annual conference of the (American) Association for Asian Studies has ended. Many of us who attended (about 3,000 this year) are now heading back home from beautiful sunny weather in San Diego to snowstorms and other wintery attractions.

As usual, the AAS is a good venue to link up with old friends, colleagues and authors as well as look for new authors/manuscripts, sell books and generally promote the Press. The same is true for all the publishers attending (of which there were several hundred).

Of course, it is especially pleasing when a cherished author turns up with a new book proposal and/or with another prospective author in tow, likewise when an acquisitions librarian reminds us that she has a standing order to buy all of our new titles on Southeast Asia.

Speaking of librarians, we were lucky to have NIAS LINC’s Inga-Lill Blomkvist (above left) attending the conference. She was a huge help “minding the store” while I dashed off to panels or meetings.

Despite the ridiculously short (15-minute) breaks between sessions, a steady trickle of attendees found the book exhibit hall and reserved our books for collection towards the end of the conference (note the green dots on some of our books). By Sunday lunchtime, there were few books remaining and as usual it was surprising what had been snapped up in the first hour and what languished till the end.

Next year’s AAS is in Philadelphia – no summery weather there next March but there’s the possibility of an intensive workshop on getting published. That could be very interesting.


 

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