RWA: Librarian/Bookseller Day

Barbara Vey -- July 29th, 2010
Christie Ridgeway,   , Eloisa James

Christie Ridgeway, Kristin Ramsdell, Eloisa James

Wednesday was a day to celebrate librarians.  The workshops were geared to them, the goody room loaded with books and swag and authors were waiting in the wings to court them.  I hit the workshop given by Christie Ridgeway, Eloisa James and Kristin Ramsdell on trending books.  Focus on Young Adult Romance featured Melissa de la Cruz, Ally Carter, Simone Elkeles, Susan Gibbermand, Amy Alessio – Popular Young Adult authors and a librarian talked about how to bring Young Adult readers into the library, and how to entice them into choosing a book.  Best advice — don’t be pushy.  Offer selections, but let the kids have the final say.  At Tips and Tricks for Effective Romance Collection Development, author Tessa Dare and Wendy Crutcher, librarians both, gave excellent tips for maintaining and weeding a library collection during the financial stress libraries are suffering now.  The best suggestion is to make sure everything is cataloged so that you know it is there and it can be found when needed, saving the high costs of new purchase or Inter-Libarary Loans.

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Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

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Sherrilyn Kenyon was the luncheon speaker and told of her days working in a library.  After lunching with the authors, the librarians and booksellers enjoyed the goody room where they gathered tons of books, bookmarks, candy and other offerings.   A meet and greet followed while the two groups mixed and talked to their love of books and gratitude for each other.  Everyone came out a winner.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and fan

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love at Literacy signing with fan

The Literacy signing is always a high point of the conference with over 500 authors signing their book and all proceeds to charity.  Fans started lining up 3 hours early and the line went on forever.  It was a sight to behold when the doors opened and the lovers of all things romance came pouring in.  Many of the authors sold out of their books.  I heard one woman tell Beverly Barton how she read Beverly’s books to her dying father when he couldn’t read himself anymore and how much that meant to her.  Stories like this are plentiful and it helps bring home how important authors and their stories are in people’s lives.  While the signing officially ended at 7:30 p.m., Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love were the last to leave at 9 p.m. when their line finally came to an end and all their books were signed.  Congratulations on a very successful event for all.

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

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After a quick dinner, (well, not so quick as the restaurants were all packed) I headed over to the Ellora’s Cave Dessert Party.  Wonderfully decadent desserts were served and I got the coolest bag that goes across your body and has two sides that were stuffed with books.  Definitely a keeper.

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Next up was the Goddess Blog Party.  This group of authors not only write a fun blog, they also put on a terrific event.   Here’s even more pictures from RWA.

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Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

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Bottom Line: Don’t come to these events expecting to leave with one or two books…more like one or two boxes of books.

14 thoughts on “RWA: Librarian/Bookseller Day

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    Yes, what a line for Sherrilyn and Dianna! The enormity of the whole event was just incredible.

    I was at the Goddess Blog party, but we must have come at
    different times, LOL!

    Another full day today. Maybe I’ll catch you and Joysann at breakfast.

  2. Dianna Love

    The signing was amazing. The authors, publishers, readers and volunteers turned it into quite a charity event – literacy being the big winner. Sherri and I really appreciate all the fans who stood in line all that time and hung in until 9pm while we finished signing – some had driven from as far away as Maryland and others had rerouted vacation trips – and a special thank you to the volunteers, book sellers and RWA staff for the great job they did.

    And Debbie – I’ve seen some of the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, but hoping to catch you & Sandy somewhere too (for more than the three seconds when we passed each other in the Goodie room). :)

  3. Lynda/LighthouseLady

    I had a wonderful time at RWA but best of all getting to see you again after all these years. You are doing a wonderful job…enjoy the rest of your stay!

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