The New England Independent Booksellers Association's 36th Annual Trade Show will be held this Thursday through Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. That site is twenty-two minutes from my house. Twenty-two freaking minutes.
Among the children's authors who will be signing: Janet Lawler, who I just mentioned earlier today; Pegi Deitz Shea, who I actually know; and Angie Sage. Shannon Hale, Shaun Tan, and Mo Willems will be speaking at a dinner.
I could try to crash this thing, and then write an article about the experience. Except, of course, on Thursday and Friday I have to get ready for weekend guests who are arriving Friday afternoon. I'm not even going to be able to work, forget about breaking into professional conferences.
Talk about a missed opportunity.
Thanks to ShelfTalker for this news.
Hey, I just had a thought. The weather is supposed to be bad this weekend, and my sister and I have been concerned about what to do with my cousins from Canuckistan. We were thinking of taking them to a vineyard, but they've been to vineyards in France and, well, Connecticut vineyards might not measure up. They've traveled a lot, but I bet they've never crashed a trade show!