Part of me feels like I really should go. For one thing I'll get a cool badge holder that says "Librarian" on it. I get a ton of love when authors see that "Librarian" badge holder. Yeah, I'll admit it - I'm vain. So sue me. Plus, it's a dirt cheap event to attend. $25, which includes breakfast, lunch and traditionally a few freebies. Librarians are whores, we can't say no to freebies (I'm talking books here people!). Also, I'm intrigued by the line-up:
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Registration
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Librarians’ Day Breakfast sponsored by William Morrow/HarperCollins.
WooHoo! Food! Would it be poor form to hold a butter knife to hapless Avon reps and demand they go back to publishing at least some westerns? Probably. I might get kicked out too. That wouldn't be good.9:00 – 9:45 AM: Pulling in the Hispanic Romance Reader
Speakers: Mary Castillo, Caridad Ferrer, Tracy Montoya, Caridad Pineiro, Berta Platas and Lara Rios.
This is of particular interest to me given that I buy adult fiction for a very large southern California library system. We do have more than a few Hispanic library users, but I know we could be reaching out to more.9:45 – 10:30 AM: Nine New Trends in Romance Readers’ Tastes and How To Mine Pop Culture for Trends
Speaker: Debbie Macomber
I have a girl crush on Debbie Macomber. There, I said it. Even if you aren't a fan, if you have an opportunity to hear her speak at a booksigning, conference, workshop, where ever, I highly recommend you attend. Although I gotta say, she's not the author that leaps to my mind when I see a topic like this one. Color me curious.10:30 – 10:45 AM: Coffee/Tea Break
Yeah, tea!10:45 – 11:30 AM: The Popularity of the Paranormal Romance
Speaker: Heather Graham
Yawn, more paranormal romance. But it is still insanely popular, and it's the Heather Graham. What I've read by her I've only found so-so, but dang I tend to get stupid when I "see" any author who has published a11:30 – 12:15 PM: Merchandizing Your Romance Collection
shitload of books.
Speakers: Marcia James, Jennifer Stevenson and John Charles
Meh. But maybe I'll learn something new.12:15 – 1:00 PM: Focus on Historical Romance
Speakers: Jo Beverley and Jodi Thomas
The title is beyond vague here, but it would give me the opportunity to fall down and worship Jodi Thomas. She's still publishing westerns, and seriously folks, that's all it takes for me.1:00 – 2:30 PM: Librarian and Bookseller Luncheon featuring special speaker, Stephanie
I've never read Laurens. There, I said it. I have this thing about romance series that just. won't. end. I keep telling myself to read The Devil's Bride (because most readers seem to love that one), but dang, have you seen my TBR?2:30 – 5:30 PM: Librarian and Bookseller Networking Event with published authors.
Oh, so glad they are cutting the day short! They've traditionally held the event right up until the Literary Signing and it just makes for a really long day. Last year I bugged out of the Librarian Event early just so I could dump off my freebies and meet up with Kristie prior to the signing. It will be interesting to see what authors stick around to mingle though.So do I go, or not go? I'm leaning towards going, although I might wait to register (although space is limited!) until I see the full RWA conference program. If you're a librarian, and have never gone to this event, I do highly recommend it. Me? I'm debating it because this will be the 4th go around for me, and I'm wondering if I want to do something "different" this time around. Decisions, decisions.