If you're a seasoned RT Conventioneer, chances you've seen spunky bookseller Deborah Neff's smiling face at a RT Convention event or two. For the past five years, Deborah has joined us as we've celebrated reading and romance all over the country, and today she shares some of her most memorable moments from this year's RT Booklovers Convention.
I’ve just recently returned from my fifth RT Booklovers Convention, this time located in Chicago, IL. As always, it was non-stop activities, books, authors, books, occasional hunky eye candy, (did I mention books?), parties, little sleep — in short, a blast!
In 2008, when I decided on a whim to attend my first convention, I can remember the shocked responses of my family, friends, and co-workers: You’re going where? Who are you going with? Do you know anyone there? Of course, I didn’t know a soul who was attending. They all thought I was nuts and for a moment when I first entered the hotel and saw everyone walk by in groups; I thought that I might be, too.
Since I was a bookseller, I headed straight for the Bookseller orientation meeting. Kate Ryan, the Bookseller liaison, made me feel so welcomed and I immediately became friends with several other booksellers. In fact, as the week progressed, I went from not knowing anyone, to by the time I left, feeling that I had met everyone and had made lots of new friends.
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