Things are shutting down here for a few days as I head off to AWP, the annual writer convention that attracts nearly 13,000 writers (and, apparently, $28 million for the host city which is Minneapolis…how much of that $$ is spent at bars, I wonder?).
If you’ll be at AWP, you can find me:
--trolling the bookfair
--wandering the bar/s
--squeezed into panels
--conversing wildly in a corridor
--at the end of a long line, glaring angrily at random people ahead of me
--selfie-ing at the Mary Tyler Moore statue
--headed to the secret bathroom no one else knows about on the convention floor that I locate first thing
--peering at nametags, too vain to wear my glasses
--lugging a totebag jammed with books and journals and stickers
--targeting the bookfair booths that are serving bourbon
--squirting Purell on my hands two seconds after shaking hands with the coughing poet
--splitting a check 15 ways at lunch
--all in all, having an amazing and amazingly overwhelming time of it!
And, reading at the following off-site (but not distant!) events:
Friday, April 10
11:30am - 6:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M101BC
[below ground level]
The Third Annual HEAT Reading, HEAT: Hotter Than Hell, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Room M101BC (1st Floor). It is a free, fiery offsite event MC-ed by the fantabulous Antonia Crane. Indulge in our cash bar. Make your $5 contribution to VIDA (if you can). Win gift certificates to Powell's you can use online.
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM.
READERS READ FOR 4 MINUTES EACH, FROM THE TOP OF THE HOUR UNTIL QUARTER OF THE NEXT.
RECESS (15 MINGLE MINUTES)
"LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN" UNTIL 6 PM.
Janée J. Baugher
Robin E. Black
Jane Neathery Cutler
April 10, 2015
6:30 PM ~ 8:00 PM
Sponsored by The Sun Magazine
Open to the public
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
[10 mins from the convention center, via free public transportation]