Tuesday, July 7, 2009

RWA: Literacy Autographing

Romance Writers of America National Conference UpdateThis year in Washington D.C., the RWA "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing will be on Wednesday, July 15, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Exhibit Hall of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Nearly 500 authors are expected to participate; go here to see the list of authors.

Every year, book publishers, authors, and Romance Writers of America come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars in donation to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Since 1991, RWA has donated more than $600,000 to literacy charities.

This event is free and open to the public. Expect the resulting din of excited readers meeting long-cherished authors to raise the roof.

Here's my list of authors I want to meet (in reverse alphabetical order). This is aside from authors, such as The Riskies and The Banditas, whom I will be meeting at other events. These are authors some of whose books I want to buy and some of whose signatures I want to solicit to put in their books that I already own.

Pearl Wolf
Lauren Willig
Michelle Willingham
Robin Wells
Sherry Thomas
Pam Rosenthal
Nora Roberts
Julia Quinn
Mary Jo Putney
Barbara O'Neal (Samuel)
Brenda Novak
Sophia Nash
Cathy Maxwell
Deb Marlowe
Debbie Macomber
Julie Anne Long
Julia Latham
Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick)
Vanessa Kelly
Julie James
Karen Hawkins
C.S. Harris
Ann Gracie
Barbara Freethy
Tessa Dare
Jacquie D'Alessandro
Susan Crandall
Nicola Cornick
Julie Cohen
Kathryn Caskie
Robyn Carr
Emily Bryan
Allison Brennan
Joanna Bourne
Mary Blayney
Jo Beverley
Elizabeth Bevarly

Do you think I will be able to meet them all? Who is on your list?


Julie Cohen said...

Please introduce yourself to me if you make it to my table; I'd love to meet you in person!

pjpuppymom said...

That's an impressive list, Keira and I have complete confidence in your ability to meet them all!

I've already met several of my favorites and am looking forward to seeing them again. Some I have not yet met in person are...

Anna Campbell
Christine Wells
Anne Gracie
Julie Anne Long
Joanna Bourne
Meredith Duran
Toni Blake
Robyn Carr
Kathryn Caskie
Sophia Nash
Janet Chapman
Geralyn Dawson
Tessa Dare
Lori Foster
Tracy Garrett
Jo Davis
Kristan Higgins

The list goes on and on...and on. :)

Looking forward to seeing you again, Keira. 7 days and counting!

Keira Soleore said...

Julie, I'll definitely be stopping by your table to meet you. So glad you're making it across the pond.

PJ, last year, I had a similar list and towards the end I had to sprint a bit. But the end result was that I was able to spend quite a bit of time chatting with Connie Brockway, which was such a bonus.