An Overview Of The 2012 RT Booklovers Convention

This year’s convention was record breaking. We had the most walk-ins, hosted our first ever FAN-tastic Day, our second annual Teen Day was double the size of the 2011 program and of course, our week was full of interesting workshops, amazing events and evening parties that will live on in our memories. It won't be long before we dive into planning next year’s convention, (you can already submit a workshop proposal for RT 2013). But first, enjoy this look back at some of the highlights of this year’s event!

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Workshops

Young Adult Panel: “The Kids Are Alright”: Adult to YA Fiction >>

Science Fiction Panel: “Popular Tropes & Themes & How To Write SF That Dazzles” And Then We Bellied Up To The Intergalactic Bar and Grille >>

Self-Publishing Panel: Money, Money, Money — Facts and Figures For Financial Payoff with Smashwords' Mark Coker >>

Reader Track: Celebrate The Passion and Power of Series Romance >>

Business Panel: The Power of Passion >>

Author Nalini Singh speaks to a packed room

Parties

Wednesday’s Welcome Party Kicked Off Convention >>

We Went Western For The Samhain Stampede >>

We Got Our Groove On At The Ellora's Cave Step Up & Stomp Party >>

The Clan McFae Presents A Magical Scottish Fling & Costume Competition >>

Behind The Doors Of RT & Heather Graham’s Gangster Cafe Talent Quest >>

It Was Glitz And Glamour For Harlequin's Dance Party! >>

Convention attendees danced the night away at RT and Heather Graham's Night of the Stars Gangster Cafe Talent Quest

Events

Author Chat: Making Mysteries Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O'Brien and James Rollins Discuss Their Genre >>

Author Chat: Historical Romance's Loretta Chase, Jennifer Blake, Lorraine Heath and Sarah MacLean Dish >>

Author Chat: Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh On Being Paranormal >>

Author Chat: Francine Pascal, Jodi Thomas and Susan Elizabeth Phillips Talk Contemporaries >>

The E-book, Indie Publisher & Graphic Novel Expo >>

Get A Glimpse Of The RT Book Reviews 2011 Awards Ceremony >>

Inside Saturday's Giant Book Fair >>

YA Alley At Saturday's Giant Book Fair >>

Avon's Indigo Lounge

CNBC was at the event to report on "The Economics of Erotica" >>

Check out photos from this year’s convention >>

And whether you are just settling in at home after joining us last week in Chicago, or if you weren’t make it out this year, get ready to let your co-workers, family and friends know that next year you’ll be using your vacation days May 1 - May 5, because you’ll be hanging out with us at the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City, Missouri!

Can’t wait for next year? You can connect with us (and all your new convention friends) on our Facebook Page and get up-to-the-minute updates via our Twitter feed. Plus, keep your eyes on the RT Daily Blog as we bring you more guest blogs and video interviews from the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention.

BLOG UPDATE 4/18/2012: We give you a look behind the doors of the the FAN-tastic Day Party. Check It Out >>

Find out why YA readers were buzzing at the second annual Teen Day Party! We Share The Details >>

BLOG UPDATE 4/19/2012: Newbie author Elisabeth Staab talks about being an first time conventioneer. See What She Thought  >>

BLOG UPDATE 4/20/2012: Paranormal YA author Colleen Houck chats with RT's Whitney about Teen Day and more. Watch The Interview >>

BLOG UPDATE 4/25/2012: RT's Audrey takes us behind the closed doors of the author chat with Jessica Andersen and J.R. Ward. Take A Peek >>

BLOG UPDATE 4/30/2012: RT's first Pitch-A-Palooza was a great success! Find Out Why >>

We look back at Joyee and Gabrielle's Big Surprise, an evening party celebrating M/M romance — with a giveaway. Enter to Win! >>

We talk to YA authors at the Giant Saturday Book Fair. Explore YA Alley >>

BLOG UPDATE 5/1/2012: It was all about the Speed Reading and Speed "Dating" events at the second-annual RT Teen Day! Read On >>

BLOG UPDATE 5/10/2012: Australian bookseller Megan Bamford shares her experiences at RT 2012. Read Her Take >>
BLOG UPDATE 5/11/2012: YA author Suzanne Selfors shares her first RT Convention story. What She Loved >>