Today the wait is finally over — we've kicked off the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention! This morning the fun began bright and early with the Welcome Mixer. Readers, authors, booksellers and industry insiders turned out for the first party of the convention.
After we all got some morning treats, RT Founder Kathryn Falk greeted convention goers and shared a preview of what was to come in the days ahead. We also heard a lovely tribute to Walter Zacharius, the head of Kensington Publishing who recently passed on. And of course, Kate Ryan, RT's Bookstores That Care Network Coordinator, announced RT's Bookseller of the year, Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books. This Michigan-based bookseller wrote a song that celebrated RT's commitment to supporting Independent bookstores and, to the tune of a classic by Gladys Knight & the Pips, RT's Mr. Romance 1996, Mark Johnson serenaded the crowd!