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One week to go–the food count gets handed in tomorrow, so no refunds after that

One week to go, and happily the weather looks nice for Kidlitcon!  Important announcement–the food count needs to be handed in tomorrow, and although we can add a bit to it, we can’t take any away.  I’m responsible for paying for everything that’s ordered, and I won’t be able to issue refunds after tomorrow (barring extraordinary circumstances).  Also I’m about to close Friday registration–there’s room for only two more people on Friday……


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Author/illustrator book sale and signing event open to the public both evenings of Kidlitcon (4-6pm, March 22 and 23)

Many great authors and illustrators are going to be at Kidlitcon (Hotel Providence, Matthewson St, downtown), and both days (March 22 and 23)  the public is invited to come meet them free of charge from 4-6 pm.  Barrington Books will be on hand to sell books for most of the authors (and will take credit cards), and some will be sold by the authors themselves.

Here are the authors/illustrators who will be at the conference Friday:

LeUyen Pham
Kimberly Newton Fusco
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Padma Venkatraman
Rebecca Caprara
Laurie Smith Murphy
Anita Sanchez
Jason Viola
Heidi Fiedler
Sara Levine
Lisa Carroll
Krista Aronson
Lisa Rogers
Emma Otheguy
Lauren Neil
Jannie Ho
Gaia Cornwall
Alison Goldberg
Gina Perry
Traci Sorell
Michelle Cusolito
Sarah Lynne Reul
Jeanette Bradley
Christy Mihaly
Padma Venkatraman
Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Kip Wilson
Chris Tebbetts
Megan Dowd Lambert
Andrea Loney
Christian Trimmer
Jeanette Bradley

And here’s who will be there Saturday:

Debbi Michiko Florence
Kara LaReau
Megan Frazer Blakemore
David. A. Kelly
Jarrett Lerner
Zetta Elliott
Anna Meriano
Alex Graudins
LeUyen Pham
Ann Braden
Paula Chase
Barbara Dee
Varian Johnson
Jo Knowles
Anika Denise
Josh Funk
Lee Wind
Christopher Denise
Cindy Rodriguez
Sheela Chari
Erin Dionne
Diana Renn
Tui T. Sutherland
Antoine Revoy
David Neilsen
Nancy Tupper Ling
Isabel Roxas
Oge Mora
Janet Costa Bates
Kirsten Cappy

And more–other authors who aren’t speaking at the conference, but who plan to be signing include

Joshua Levy, Anne O’Brien Carelli, Kirsti Call, and Carol Gordon Ekster, and all authors who register at Kidlitcon have been invited to be part of the book signing too!

So do pop into Hotel Providence on either, or both, evenings!


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Bring your current ARCs to swap! Bring spare tote bags! Bring books to donate to a good cause!

If you have current ARCS (that aren’t published yet) that  you’ve read already around your house and you’re coming to Kidlitcon, bring them with you and pass them on at our ARC swap table! I’ll be bringing quite a few myself.

And if you have surplus tote bags from publishers, and want to freshen your stock, bring them to swap too!

And finally, we’ll have a collection box for Books are Wings, a great organization that gets books to kids who need them here in the Providence area!

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Our first program advertisement!

We are selling advertising space in the program, and want to thank our first advertiser, Annie Lynn of AnnieBirdd Music!

I’m not going to be printing the program for another week, so if you’re interested in reaching the 200 or so kidlit folks coming to Providence from across the country (including a librarian all the way from Hawaii!) let me know.

Quarter Page $50
Half Page $100
Full Page $200

and all ads will be posted on the website like this one is

(all ad revenue goes to the costs for printing the program)

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Annoucing some program changes and additions!

There have been a few changes to the Kidlitcon program since it was “finalized,” and hopefully there won’t be any more in the next three weeks!!!

Sadly, Amy Fields, our SEO expert, will not be able to make it to the conference due to a family emergency.   We will  offer an abbreviated SEO session presentation by Sheila Ruth as a lunchtime bonus on Friday.  Amy has generously shared her working presentation with us, so her expert advice will still be on the table!

We have added a new Friday panel to fill the spot once occupied by SEO– Not Just the Newbery:  All about Awards and Book Lists.  Panelists Anamaria Anderson (Batchelder, will discuss how books are picked for awards and lists, who picks them (and how you get to be one of those people), and how educators and librarians can use these lists effectively.  The two confirmed panelists are Anamaria Anderson,  former Batchelder committee member, and current co-chair of USBBY’s OIB committee, Shoshana Flax, an editor at the Horn Book who’s currently on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and Charlotte Taylor of the Cybils Awards.

The STEM Stories panel also lost  three of its original panelists, but we are proud to welcome authors Jason Viola, Sara Levine and Heidi Fiedler to fill it up again, and thank Paula Wiley for moderating.

The original  lunch-time short sessions, on Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and Career Counselling for Creatives, have unfortunately been cancelled. As mentioned above, SEO will now fill the Friday slot.  The Saturday slot will be filled by a Kidlit Blogging Salon, moderated by Charlotte Taylor.  Kidlitcon was begun more than ten years ago specifically to bring bloggers together, and this salon will continue that tradition, giving bloggers a chance to meet, discuss the state of blogging today, and share ideas about what makes it worthwhile.

I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you who are coming to my beautiful home city of Providence!  It will be a great time.


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A note on the book sale and signing part of the conference

At the end of the day on both Friday and Saturday, from 4-6, we’ll have a local bookstore (Barrington Books; contact info. below) selling the books of authors in attendance.  This will be open to the public at no charge.  Historically, Kidlitcon has had only the books by authors and illustrators presenting at the conference available.  This year will be a bit different; if you are an author or illustrator of a traditionally published book,  and you plan to attend the conference, you are welcome to contact Barrington Books (I’ve checked with them, and they’re cool with it) and ask them to bring yours to sell too, and we’ll offer you space in the Ballroom of Book Signing alongside the authors and illustrators speaking at the conference.  If you are a self-published author, you are welcome to bring your own books to sell, and you also can have space in the ballroom.  (nb–this offer is only available to folks registered for the conference, which you can do here).

The person to contact is:

Katie Rendine
Business Development & Event Coordinator

Barrington Books – 184 County Road – Barrington, RI 02806 – 401.245.7925
Barrington Books Retold – 176 Hillside Road – Cranston, RI 02920 – 401.432.7222

I’ll be putting up a post any day now to promote the book sale and signing part to the public, so let me (  know if you’re coming and are going to be part of the selling and signing, so I can update the list as necessary and make a name-sign for your spot!  And also please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!