1:24pm. BJ for V Day jokes in the elevator up to “Avoiding Sick Mothers, Absent Fathers, and Losing Your Virginity: The Tropes and Traps of Nonfiction,” with BJ Hollars. Again, the small 8th floor room is packed, though other panels, such as “Literary Mama: A Model of Grassroots Literary Community Building” are noticeably empty.
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3pm. I just got back up to the International Ballroom for the best-kept pseudo-secret of the conference, “Celebrating the Vermont Studio Center: A 25th Anniversary Reading,” featuring VSC Writing Program Director Gary Clark, Sebastian Matthews, Rosanna Warren, and Forrest Gander (too bad Amy Hempel and Chris Albani are MIA).
The truth behind the exhibition hall: it’s hot.
12:39pm. Made it in time to catch the second half of “Writing Your Passions: Forbidden Topics.” The room is pretty packed, with an above average number of maroon-haired young ladies. Some good advice from Maryann Lesert, author of Base Ten:
The Milling about begins.
10:37am. I’m starting to get the hang of these hidden hallways and multiple rooms with the same name. Just got to “Why Would You Say That? Issues of Nonfiction and Fiction in Young Writers’ Lives.” This is something I need to hear!
7:27pm. Sitting in the corner of Ballroom A. Ten minutes ago I went into a tizzy because I thought I’d missed fifteen precious minutes of free food and drinks and scurried downstairs to the receptions. A glass of wine is $8.50, and suddenly it’s seeming like the reception descriptions in the schedule—Join us for a [...]
Morgan Gliedman and Natalie Edwards will be liveblogging AWP for BOMBlog. Here’s Natalie’s first installment: 3:00. I spot a dude with a pompadour. 4:15. One of my favorite parts of the nostalgia-enducing bookfair for grown-ups, besides getting to know new publishers, is the tchotchke factor-temporary tattoos, many tiny buttons, bumper stickers, and my favorite bookfair [...]
Morgan Gliedman and Natalie Edwards will be liveblogging AWP for BOMBlog. Here’s Morgan’s first installment: 12:08pm. Finally found the elusive International ballroom for “The City—Real and Imagined,” rolled in late with a team of confused foreigners to find Stuart Dybek speaking about truth and beauty and his approach to writing about Chicago neighborhoods. “Often when I’m done with [...]
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