We're going to the 2014 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Seattle!

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Next month is the 2014 AWP Conference & Bookfair in beautiful, sunny Seattle. And we're going to be there!

LitReactor has booked a table so we can spread the word about our writing workshop, monthly classes, invaluable craft essays, and our amazing community of readers and writers. Speaking of our amazing community of readers and writers—we'd love it if you could stop by!

Appearing at the conference will be:

  • Dennis Widmyer, co-founder and editor-in-chief
  • Kirk Clawes, co-founder and technical lead
  • Rob W. Hart, class director/columnist/handsome devil
  • Bree Ogden, instructor/facilitator/literary agent
  • Taylor Houston, instructor/columnist

Plus we'll have some special guests stopping by, including instructors Patrick Wensink (Broken Piano for President) and Suzy Vitello (The Moment Before).

Plus, a special friend has said he wants to hang at our table for a bit—and you'll be very excited when you find out who...

PLUS, we're hammering out details on a few other items, like a fancy meet-up party type thing, which we expect to have more on soon.

AWP kicks off on February 26. Want to learn more about it? Click here

Are you coming? If so, sound off in the comments!

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Sanbai's picture
Sanbai from the Midwest is reading The War of Art January 16, 2014 - 10:30am

Soo... Call me a n00b, but what is a book fair exactly? I've never been to one and have no idea what takes place, so I'm not sure if I should be watching out for the next one near me. Can anyone help me here? Is it anything like an anime convention? (Yes yes, you may snigger in your response.) 

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Class Director
Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this January 16, 2014 - 10:52am

It's my first AWP, so I don't really know what it's about, but I'm imaginging it's just like an anime or comic con but with less cosplaying. 

So, lots of vendors trying to sell you on stuff. Swag, which we're working on. Books. Cool people. Stuff? We'll find out! 

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leah_beth from New Jersey - now in Charleston, SC is reading five different books at once. January 16, 2014 - 10:57am

I just mentioned it to my husband, who laughed at me. :( Maybe I should do a Kickstarter: the Get Leah To Seattle Fund! It could happen!

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore January 16, 2014 - 2:33pm

Yup. I've been to AWP four out the last five years. Not attending the conference proper, though, just hanging in Seattle with y'all type folks, Wednesday evening 'til Sunday morning. Staying right next to the Westlake Center, which is the last stop on the light rail and the first stop on the monorail. Conveniently located twixt the booknerd action and touristy debauchery.

Usually, the Saturday of AWP, they open the bookfair to the public in addition to the usual conference attendees. That's also when boothfolk tend to clearance-price their shit so as not to have to haul it all home.

What it's like? The bookfair part is massive. Massive. Usually two or three convention halls' worth. Tables with reasonably-priced books, which will either be by press or institution. The academic element is huge, probably 60% of the tables, which interests me none. But if you wanna meet people from, say, Eraserhead Press, or PANK, or Hobart or wherever, that's the place to do it. Before getting shitfaced with them later in the afternoon, that is. The conference itself is pretty good to attend for younger authors, or those in university programs. I did that for two years. Great panels on every effing topic you can think of, and by some authors you've heard of, but the percentage of interesting ones is low. Lots of poetry, lots of cultural and ethnic stuff, etc. People presenting academic papers. *cringes*

The offsite events are where the action is. I always make up a schedule full of double-booked options, and then promptly ignore it once I get to town and end up hanging out wherever the most friends wanna go.

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leah_beth from New Jersey - now in Charleston, SC is reading five different books at once. January 16, 2014 - 3:35pm

So now I may be going? OMG I MAY BE GOING!

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Shannon Barber from Seattle is reading Paradoxia: A Predators Diary by Lydia Lunch January 16, 2014 - 4:40pm

It's my first. I will be there. Please don't be freaked out if I just stare and run away. I'm a lil odd.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this January 16, 2014 - 6:01pm

Shannon--the secret of these things is that we're just as afraid and weirded out as you are. At least I am. It all works out in the end, though. Come say hi. 

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore January 18, 2014 - 6:05pm

Been penciling in the calendar with event options, most of which will be impulsive decisions. But there's one I absolutely will be attending, so please don't schedule a LR meetup to clash with:

Lazy Fascist Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, and Broken River Books

Saturday, March 1
7:00 - 9:00 PM Left Bank Books, 92 Pike Street, Seattle WA

Readers include: Scott McClanahan, Noah Cicero, Stephen Graham Jones, Heiko Julien, Patrick Wensink, Juliet Escoria, William Boyle, J David Osborne, Jason Rizos, Robert Vaughan, Joseph Riippi, JS Breukelaar

Free craft beer

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore February 10, 2014 - 10:39am

I dunno if there'll be a separate news item about it on the home page or not, but here's the Facebook page for the LR shindig. Thursday 6pm.

Christina Re's picture
Christina Re from the United States is reading something a friend wrote February 22, 2014 - 5:31am

Is anything happening after Thursday? I'm getting into Seattle Friday night and would love to meet people.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore February 22, 2014 - 7:57am

Friday possibilities:
The Event 2
Literature Party
Leave it to VIDA

Saturday:
Bookfair (open to public)
Lazy Fascist, Two Dollar Radio, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Broken River Books (definitely going)
Bedtime Stories

Other than the LitReactor and Lazy Fascist parties, I'm just kinda going with the flow of what my traveling crew (Caleb Ross, Pela Via, et al) wanna do. Probably touristy hangs by day, and inebriation by night. And lots of halibut and chowder.

Christina Re's picture
Christina Re from the United States is reading something a friend wrote February 24, 2014 - 6:52am

Awesome, thanks!

Gordon Highland's picture
Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore March 2, 2014 - 11:25pm

It was great meeting some of you the other night. Alcohol helped lubricate the socializing because I was feeling all scrubby wearing some clearance rack duds I picked up after having lost my suitcase. A strange week in general, with mass quantities of booze, walking, and dining. Seriously, I ate three breakfasts yesterday.