It's almost here, really. I'm just trying to confirm a couple more presenters and get all the stars properly aligned. Thanks for your enduring patience.
I can, however, announce a couple of special items of note for your scheduling pleasure. First, as you all know, our keynote is Maggie Stiefvater, and she'll be the first speaker at the con on Saturday morning. She's also graciously agreed to do a talk on Friday night for the general public. And she's bringing two friends. It will be at the conference site, and it will be free for conference attendees. And there will be a reception beforehand, exclusively for attendees. The talk will be at 7:00 and the wine and cheese at 6:00.
Open Book, the conference, site is easy walking distance from the hotel, and both are a simple ride on the light rail from the airport. If you're on a later flight into town, bringing small luggage directly to Open Book won't be a problem. You can check in after the festivities if need be.
We're also very pleased to announce that HarperCollins Children's Books and its The Page Turn blog are sponsoring a catered lunch on Saturday, so attendees won't have to scatter to find food. Thanks very much to the school and library marketing team at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Patty Rosati, Laura Lutz, and Robin Tordinis.