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I am just going to go on record and say it: I think DFW has one of the best and most active book communities in the US. Specifically if you really love romance (all areas) and urban fantasy. We are blessed with numerous amounts of authors, book readers, and book organizations. It is enough to make my little book loving heart go BOOM BOOM!
The topic today is what do I do in my bookish community?
1: I actually belong to two book clubs: DFWTea and The Cover Girls. Both of these groups are very active in the romance book community. DFWTea was founded by Fresh Fiction and they bring a lot of events to our area: Readers and Ritas, Boas and Tiaras, Monthly Teas, Monthly Book clubs (3 in fact and 1 ran by yours truly), and tons of author dinners before signings. You can’t go wrong as a fan getting involved with this group. Cover Girls are also very active in the romance book community. Last year over 10 people from the group traveled to RomCon together and had a blast. It is run by a former buyer from a bookstore so she really knows her stuff! They have great monthly meetings and parties a couple of times a year. They are very good at promoting reading romance. Again you can’t go wrong getting involved with the group!
2: Every Read-a-Thon I participate in is for charity: Literacy Texas! I love this organization and all that it does. I am big supporter in teaching people to read. I don’t care how old you are, if you want to learn there should be a place for you to go do that. Literacy Texas does a great service for our state!
3: I go to TONS of book signings and book events in the area! In fact, I am going to one tomorrow night for Kevin Hearne and Jaye Wells. I get to hang with a bunch of DFW book bloggers and readers. Also, Amy from BookGoonie is coming up so I couldn’t be more excited. It will be a blast! We also have Readers and Ritas, Dreaming in Dallas, Fen Con, Comic Con, Boas and Tiaras, Buns and Roses, and I am sure a few more that aren’t popping in my mind!
Book Signings/Events DFW Area (click on thumbnails for bigger picture)
4: I travel to go to book events! I have been to AADPhilly and RomCon (twice)! Both were just fantastic experiences that I am hoping to repeat many years to come! I actually love going to these events because I get to meet fellow bloggers (that actually ends up being my favorite thing from each of these), readers, and authors. I can’t say enough about getting out there and connecting!
There is nothing more I can say (show) that should convince you to get out into your local (or national) book community than all the fun that is up there! I have several 100 more pictures where all of those came from but I think you get the actual jest! I highly recommend connecting with fellow readers in person as well as online! Nothing is BETTER!
Still on my Conventions wish list: BEA, Lori Foster’s Get Together, Romantic Times, RWA, Horror Con, Thrillerfest, San Diego Comic Con, and getting back to AAD/RomCon
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