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!
If you and the guests are looking for something to do Friday night, I'm meeting up with some fellow booksellers (even though I'm not going to the show myself).
I would have been interested if not for the family members settling into my house for dinner and the weekend.
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