When I'm not stalking the bar to try and find folks, I'll be on two panels. First, I'll be moderating a panel for Librarians Day on Wednesday which will feature author Sarah MacLean, former Librarian of the Year, Lisa and Katie, @younglibrarian on Twitter:
Beyond Subgenre: Tips and Tricks for Effective Read-AlikesThen, even though I publicly stated I didn't quite "get" the timing, I'll be part of the Nielsen Romance Summit which is running parallel to the RWA conference. I'll be part of this afternoon panel on Thursday, bringing the library/librarian perspective and the particular set of challenges we, and library users, face:
We all love romance for a variety of reasons, but when it comes to finding read-alikes for our patrons, we fixate on subgenre. In this fun, interactive panel, three librarians and New York Times best-selling author Sarah MacLean will discuss the myriad of subgenres, character types, tropes, and authorial voices that attract readers to romance and how librarians can cut through to the heart of the matter to find the right book for the reader.
Diversity Means Business(There's an additional registration charge for this block of programming)
A moderated panel discussion featuring key players from the romance publishing world delving into the impact of issues of diversity on publishers, industry stakeholders, authors, readers, and society at large. Moderator: Kat Meyer of The Book Industry Study Group
I won't be blogging at all during the conference as the only mobile device (sigh, still) I have right now is my phone - but I'll try to post some photos and pithy insights over on Twitter.
In the meantime, anyone want to place bets on whether I get a book read and blogged about before #TBRChallenge day on Wednesday, July 20? ::whimper::