I am an author of two young adult fantasy novels (The Unwritten Girl and Fathom Five) and I always enjoy coming to conferences such as this. There is a critical mass of knowledge and enjoyment when all of these books and book-related items and people come together and the energy of the expo is really something to behold.
I'm coming in as part of CANSCAIP's presentation of authors. The organization of Canadian children's authors, illustrators and performers has kindly selected a bunch of CANSCAIP authors who produced books in 2007 and given them a stage and five minutes each to talk about their book and why you might be interested in getting one for your library. Interest was so intense this year that CANSCAIP had to put names in a hat and draw out their selection at random.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all the authors, especially those from smaller presses that have to fight for attention among the bigger players, and there is going to be a lot of talent on stage.
The presentation is taking place at the Expo Theatre at the base of the 100 aisle on the Expo floor. It starts at noon and continues until about 1:40, after which authors will be on hand to autograph copies of their books. There is also a draw at the end of the presentation -- a collection of the books being promoted on stage.
So, come on out! I hope to see you there!