Ever heard of the RT booklovers convention? Me neither till this year. This past April, it was held in Chicago. Carol and I went and had a blast!! The convention is a few days long but we went for the saturday book fare. They had a large room filled with authors ready to sign books. Some of the authors even have free swag (buttons, bookmarks, ect)!!! Some bring their latest book that you may purchase, but you are not required to buy any books. You may bring books from home. While you're waiting in line, a guy comes around with a stamp that will put an "invisible mark" on your personal books. Then at checkout, they pass a light over the books you have so they can see which need to be purchased, so it's imperative that you get your books marked. After the book fare, there are workshops, then there is a evening party (some of the authors attend and have more free stuff). All was included in the one day fee. 2013 will be in Kansas City. The web site is rtconvention.com They already have a list of authors that plan to attend and it's already a large list!!!