RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Starting The Morning Right With The Welcome Mixer!

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!

Next up, we got a chance to hear a little bit about how the Mr. Romance competition was designed by RT’s Kathryn Falk and the world-famous Fabio during the RT Convention in San Diego. And then RT convention attendees officially met this year’s contestants who are competing for the chance to get the title of Mr. Romance 2011 and be on the cover of a Kensington romance novel!

Be sure to check back for continuing convention coverage all week long, take a look at the RT Convention Home for more information about day passes and RT's first-ever Teen Day. And if you can't make it this year, we hope to see you in Chicago for 2012!