I just arrived in Kansas City for the RT Booklover’s Convention’s 30th Anniversary. The event started Monday with a preconvention of sightseeing and writer’s bookcamp. It’s a huge Sheraton Hotel and has a walkway that lead to shopping, food and the overflow hotel. I’m glad I’m not over there because I heard it’s about a half a mile walk and when you’re lugging books and goodies all day back to your room, it can be a little much. But it doesn’t stop the hoards of readers and writers who attend this event.
There’s something happening all the time and I just managed to get to a few of them on Wednesday because when you come to something like this, you can barely walk two feet without seeing someone you know and you just have to stop and chat for a few minutes. If you go to the restaurant, you never have to eat alone, there’s readers and writers galore who’d love to talk to you about books.
There was a cover model meet and greet that was a special ticket only event, but Morgan sent me this great shot of Men in Tights. I’m not sure if they were channeling pirates or Robin Hood, but I could hear a lot of hooting and hollering coming from the room.
Authors get together and sponsor all different events. The sci-fi group put on the Intergalactic Bar and Grill. There were blow up alien dolls and goodie bags stuffed with books. They challenged readers with trivia questions, so one had to dig out of their memories the details of old movies and TV shows. .
Kensington Publishing offered a readers event where they were separated into groups with authors and told to come up with the perfect paranormal hero. Sorry to say they didn’t send me the final result, but there were a lot of suggestions from the readers so I guess they think about this a lot.
The historical authors were all at Rosie’s Gulch Saloon. They were dressed in their saloon finery and readers were given cards with questions on them that they had to get answered by the authors who were stationed around the room. Then winning tickets were picked for prizes. But everyone manages to walk away with a goodie bag filled with books, t-shirt, playing cards and other swag. When you come to these events, you really need to bring an extra suitcase.
The big party of the night was the Ellora’s Cave’s Disco. Everyone dresses to the hilt and there is food, dancing and even more giveaways. Ellora Cavemen were there, so there was plenty to look at. Everyone left tired, but with smiles on their faces.
Bottom Line: I wish I could clone myself to go to more of the things I missed.