Recap: Ontario Library Association 2013


Going to OLA was my first book event and I couldn’t wait to see everything. That day coincided with my Penguin interview so I realized if I left the expo early I could be right on time for it.


I had no idea what to expect since it was my first ever book expo so I lined up and got my pass which was about $45. Quite steep for admission if you’re not a librarian but at least if one is planning to go they can pay for early admission and go both days. I only went the Friday and spent a couple of hours with Hayley @ Booking It with Hayley G.

There were many Canadian publishers there like Harper Collins Canada, Penguin Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, Random House Canada, Thomas Allen and Son LTD., and some other publishers I can’t remember at the moment.


At the Harper Collins booth, I saw my contact and talked to her for a bit. Each booth had a bunch of catalogues so I picked that up as well. I even scored some amazing ARCs I had my eye on, and Hayley was kind enough to get a signed ARC of Silver for me because I couldn’t go on that Thursday as well. (Thanks Hayley!)


Then there was the Random House booth (which was the biggest and prettiest display) and I talked to the rep there as well.


We asked her which book did she enjoy and told us The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan was wonderful.


I also saw an ARC of Strands of Bronze and Gold and I think I squealed on the inside. Unfortunately they were display copies only so I couldn’t grab that one. No worries because I usually end up getting the finished copy instead.


By the Thomas Allen and Son booth I talked to a rep that told me my contact went back to school so she gave me her business card.  I was super super excited about Grave Mercy’s sequel Dark Triumph and the friendly publicist told me to contact her to request for it. Seriously loved that one because I really enjoy history and who wouldn’t want to read about ninja assassins?


The Penguin booth were having author signings with Morgan Rhodes and Adrienne Kress so once that was done I headed over to the booth and talked to the rep.


I meant to ask her what books were creating the biggest buzz but I got distracted by the cute buttons. And as you know I love dogs, so I promptly forgot LOL.


I even managed to stop by the HBG booth, and there was a line forming and I wanted to see who was signing and it ended up being Megan Crewe! I didn’t have any money at that moment so I couldn’t get a hardcover signed but hopefully Megan will come back so she can sign it for me one day.


The one thing that I had trouble with was trying to find any information on their web site. Everything was buried within the navigation, and I even had to google for admission prices because I couldn’t find it at all. Just a suggestion OLA, if you want people to attend, make the information on your site user friendly please.

What I Learned

  • Talking to any of the publisher reps is a good way to get your blog out there and tell them in person which books you’re excited about. They’re just as happy about the books as you.
  • Look around at the other smaller booths and talk to the reps. Even just commenting on the book displays themselves is fun!
  • Enter contest giveaways and you never know if you could win.
  • Don’t eat at the location itself because it’s rather expensive. Save your money by eating before or after the event.


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  2. Juhina

    January 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    that does sound like a ton of fun! even just meeting all the publicists and making new contacts with new ones.

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  4. fatma shahin

    August 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    is this open to everyone? it sounds like such a fun canadian event! we should definitely have more of these!

    • Giselle

      January 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      YES! It’s open to everyone. There’s an EXHIBITION only ticket which you can purchase!

  5. bn100

    June 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    That looks like it was fun

  6. Jessica

    April 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    That is so cool! I never knew that they had that here in Ontario. I might have to check it out!

  7. Leeanna

    April 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Pretty pictures.

  8. Jaime Lester

    April 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    One day, I will be able to go to one of these and I will be in Heaven. I am starting to make plans now, because it will be expensive. Unfortunately, I don’t live close to any of them. Totally worth it! There were some amazing books at OLA. I am completely jealous and 100% happy for you!

  9. Ashley

    April 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! 😀 I love the pictures!

  10. Justine Duhart

    April 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    We have sort of book fairs in France where some international writers try and come but it doesn’t happen that often and those I’d like to meet never will I guess. But I’m glad you had a nice experience with OLA! 🙂 Lots of awesome books to read as well!

  11. Nazish @ Nazish Reads

    April 26, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I wish I knew about this, because the only book expos I knew about before this post were: BEA, ALA, and Rt, unfortunately all of those are pretty far away. But this isn’t too much of a distance. Maybe I’ll go next time, since I was planning on going to BEA, but something came up so unfortunately I can’t go this year either. But hopefully I’ll be able to go on June 19 for the Fiere Reads tour.

  12. Inky

    April 26, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Eeeep that looks so fun! I would love to go to an event like this some day! It sounds like a blast, getting to meet all the epic pubs and authors! I’m so glad it was awesome!!! 😀 Woot!

    <333 Inky

  13. Inky

    April 26, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Eeeep that looks so fun! I would love to go to an event like this some day! It sounds like a blast, getting to meet all the epic pubs and authors! I’m so glad it was awesome!!! 😀 Woot!

    <333 Inky

  14. Kellie

    April 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I wish I’d gone to this! It sounds like you had a good time.

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