One of the highlights of the annual RWA National Conference is the Literacy Autographing. Held the night before the conference opens, this event is open to the public and features more than 400 authors. Books are donated by publishers, purchased at face value by readers and all funds raised donated to literacy organizations. This year, the total raised was $52,309.24. Those funds will go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Action, Inc. and Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta. Since 1990, more than $825,000 have been raised in the fight against illiteracy.
The Literacy Autographing is wild, crazy, crowded and so much fun. I wouldn't dream of missing it. I mean, really, 400+ authors signing books in one room? What's not to love? Here are some of our highlights from this year's event.
Andrea here! Besides catching up with some of my favorite people (Sophie Jordan, Julie James, and Sarah MacLean to name a few), I had THREE highlights from this year's Literacy Autographing.
The first two go together as it was the very first RWA Literacy signing for two friends and amazing authors, Manda Collins and Terri Osburn. I can't even begin to tell you how special it was to be there and witness these two lovely ladies signing books! (PJ chiming in to say this was a special highlight for me too!)
The third highlight for me was getting an autographed book and having my picture taken with one of my very favorite authors, Jill Shalvis. I absolutely adore her books and highly recommend them to anyone who loves contemporary romance!
Back to PJ...
Here are some of my photo memories of this year's Literacy Autographing.
NYT Bestselling author, Carly Phillips! I'm loving her Serendipity series. The next book, Perfect Fling comes out July 30th.
Jane Porter is not only a wonderful writer but one of the nicest people around. Her next book, The Good Wife will be released September 3rd.
So proud of our Dish contributor and good friend, Trish Milburn. Trish was one of this year's recipients of the RWA Service Award. Congratulations, Trish!
Simone St. James, who won not one but two RITA awards for her debut book, The Haunting of Maddy Clare.
NYT Bestseller, conference keynote speaker and good friend, Cathy Maxwell. When this woman smiles, it lights up the entire room!
NYT Bestselling author and newlywed, Laura Lee Guhrke. Yes, she was glowing!
It's always fun catching up with romantic suspense author, Kate Brady. She and I met while waiting for the subway train at the 2009 RWA National Conference in Washington, DC. At the time she was still a few months from being published. She's now a RITA winner for that first book. You never know who you'll end up meeting when you strike up a conversation with the person waiting next to you.
USA Today Bestselling author Donna Kauffman writes fun books but we skipped the books and went straight to our opinions on who Bachelorette Des is going to choose in the ABC season finale...if she chooses anyone! In addition to her books, Donna also writes a no-holds-barred (as in laugh out loud funny) Bachelorette/Bachelor column for USA Today and at her own site. Check it out at http://donnakauffman.com/blog and the USA Today Happy Ever After blog.
NYT Bestseller, recipient of the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement award and one of my favorite people, Vicki Lewis Thompson!
Nancy Berland (owner of Nancy Berland Public Relations) and NYT Bestselling author, Robyn Carr, smart, savvy and highly successful women who are two of the most gracious and down to earth people you'll ever meet. I ♥ them!
After signing books and posing for photos for two hours, NYT Bestselling author, Eloisa James still looks like she just stepped off the fashion runway. One of my favorite authors, one of my favorite people and this year's RITA winner for best novella!
One more blog to go! On Saturday, we'll be dishing about the glam shoes and dresses that are on display at the many RWA events and sharing some of our overall conference highlights. And, of course, giving away more books! All winners will be announced on Sunday so be sure to stop by to find out if you're one of our lucky RWA winners.
What have been your highlights from our RWA conference blogs?
Do you have a favorite among those pictured that you'd like to meet?
Are you a fan of ABC's The Bachelorette? If you are, who do you think Des will choose? (I admit it. I'm hooked.) lol
Two randomly chosen people leaving comments on this blog will each receive a package of books and swag from our conference stash. (U.S. and Canadian address only)