Where: The Cabana Bar And Beach Club at the The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel (the conference hotel)
When: It's so nice, we're doin' it twice! Tuesday, July 27 @ 7PM to uh, whenever and Wednesday, July 28 @ after the Literacy Signing to uh, whenever.
Who: I'm calling this the Blogger Bar Bash mostly because I like the alliteration. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is welcome to show up throw down a mojito and hang out. Bloggers, readers in town just to attend the Literacy Signing, authors, agents, editors, Fabio, vampires, woodland fairies, Navy SEALs, werewolves, sailors on shore leave etc.
Why Then: If this will be your first time going to RWA you won't quite understand this yet - but the later in the week it gets, the more brain-dead you become. We're also doing two gatherings to snag as many people as possible, and because there are some parties and merriment that go on after the Literacy Signing that will likely keep some folks away that evening.
Why A Bar?: Uh, because I'm a lush? No, it's mostly because I wanted this affair to be as low-key as humanly possible. Having a party in your room (OK, a room that I can afford) gets claustrophobic really quick, plus there's no booze and/or food in my room outside of the mini-bar. Also, we had a blogger miss our gathering last year because of a food allergy issue, and I figure a bar has something for everybody, whether you're on the wagon or not!
Lastly: I hope everyone can make it either one or both of these times. If not? If you see me wandering around the conference during the week, or you're attending the Librarians Day wing-ding, be sure to come up and say howdy!
Oh and lastly, lastly: Mucho thanks to efficient and insanely organized AnimeJune for suggesting our meeting spot. I think it's going to be work out just fantabulously!