KidLitCon is the independent con organized by the readers, reviewers, writers, and bloggers of the kidlitosphere. It's the very definition of hands-on; no one person owns it; and it's been happening since 2007. It's also very flat -- it's not about stars, or big names (though there will be names you recognize on the panels and keynotes). It's about people sharing what they love; it's about hanging around and sharing coffee or ice cream and late night talk. It's about connecting in real-life with people you've spoken with, or read, online. And it is for everyone. Everyone belongs, everyone is welcome.
This year, it'll be in Baltimore, Maryland (the location constantly changes, so that one day one may be close enough to you.) Both the location and the organizers change yearly, which means that each year it's unique in how it's presented, who is there, sponsorship, etc.
Dates: October 9 and 10, which is a Friday and Saturday. Full details are at the conference website.
I haven't been able to attend for a couple of years, because of location. But now that it's a few hours from my home in New Jersey, I'm happy to say I'll be there! I registered yesterday; I made hotel reservations and have roommates lined up (since I'm paying my own way, roommates are a must --- plus it's a great way to reconnect with friends I see only every couple of years); and I also decided to go on the optional Sunday bus tour.
I will also be participating in two panels!
So, I'm all organized. Well, except for the prep for the panels. And deciding on clothes -- I will be taking the train and want it all to fit into one small bag.
I hope to see you there!
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