2014 RT Convention Preview: Mixers!

It’s time for another 2014 RT Convention spotlight, folks! And today we’re highlighting the fun daytime mixer events taking place throughout the week. So you better start preparing to mix and mingle, because you won’t want to miss these events!

The festivities start on Wednesday with the RT Welcome Party, where attendees will gather for a morning of introductions, overviews and goodie bags! Don’t worry, there’ll be coffee, too, to ensure we kick off the day right. To see what else we’ll have in store, check our recap of last year’s Welcome Party here!

On Thursday, attendees will be able to set sail down the Mississippi with the Cajun Queen Riverboat Casino Morning Mixer! Those onboard will join favorite authors like Coleen Gleason, Julie Kenner and Liliana Hart for a rousing morning of cards, N’awlins treats and plenty of delicious drinks.

Friday’s events will kick-off with the How Sweet It Is! breakfast event, which will bring readers and some of their favorite authors together for a morning full of exciting prizes, delicious breakfast foods and goodie bags! Last year’s event was wildly successful, so show up early to ensure a spot!

Katie Bond, the Director of Marketing and Publicity for Thomas Nelson, who is sponsoring the How Sweet It Is! mixer with Zondervan, says she’s “looking forward to meeting even more lovely readers, retailers and librarians and we CAN’T WAIT to introduce you all to a bunch of our wonderful authors who’ll attend.” What else can everyone expect? “Attendees can look forward to even bigger and better giveaways this year: another iPad mini (or two?!), gift baskets and more free books and sweets then they’ll know what to do with!”

And once you’ve recovered from the sweet treats, join RT founder Kathryn Falk on Sunday for her annual SOS America Military Salute where Falk and others will recognize and honor military veterans and others who are fighting the good fight. This year’s event will include an Honor Guard, barbershop quartet and special guest speaker, Chief Michael Jaco, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL.

UPDATE 12/17:

We asked organizer Kim Lowe what readers can expect at the SOS Military mixer and she responded: "The SOS Military Tribute offers attendees the opportunity to connect with the military "ohana" — it's amazing to hear readers share stories of the veterans they know ... I have attended the SOS Military Tribute seven of the past 11 years. Each year I go home having thanked real heroes for their service. It is the highlight of the RT Booklovers Convention!"

These mixers fill up fast, so be sure to add them to your personal convention agenda and arrive early! Make new friends, chat with authors and have some crazy fun! For more details on our 2014 RT Convention in New Orleans, visit our official convention page here!