Wednesday morning began with the Welcome Party:
Join us as we kick off this year’s RT Booklovers Convention with a special salute salute to the Pioneers of Multicultural Fiction with tributes from Brenda Jackson, Sandra Kitt and Beverly Jenkins. Also join us as our Bookseller of the Year is announced.
Kathryn Falk, founder of RT, took to the stage to chat about:
- SOS America, the charity she founded after 9/11 to connect the publishing community with miltiary families
- Lindsay McKenna as the pioneer of Military Romances (she is a Vietnam era Navy veteran)
- Heather Graham for her efforts to revitalize New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
- Kate Ryan (RT's Bookstores That Care Network Coordinator), whose uncle designed the WWII Museum in New Orleans (everyone who visited the museum raved about it)
- Megan Bamford, Bookseller of the Year, a romance enthusiast from Australia
- and the beautiful tribute to Brenda Jackson, Sandra Kitt, and Beverly Jenkins.
Kathryn Falk is an excellent speaker. Her knowledge of the publishing industry demonstrates that she, too, is a pioneer in giving Romance a voice and even a visioin. I am a better reader for Kathryn's efforts.
After the welcome party, I set up my promo table for SOS America in Club RT - a meeting area for authors, readers, vendors, and raffle baskets. Above is Damon Suede (center) with his harem. He has one where ever he goes ...
Felice Fox greeted readers with a smile.
Cherry Adair (not pictured) led the charge to fight cancer with her friends Tina deSalvo and Stella Barcelona.
The lovely ladies from Choc Lit proudly waved the Union Jack.
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about New Orleans - what do you know about it? Comments are open through Saturday, May 24, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 25, on my book blog, SOS Aloha.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City