I have only attended a handful of conventions, and they have all been local board game or comic conventions. They of course cater to the geek crowd, and I certainly do call myself a geek, but literature has always been the place where I feel at home. So for years, I have dreamed of going to an actual book convention, with people that are just a little more like me. Thanks to That Artsy Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here are 10 of the events I would most like to attend.
1. NaNoWriMo Night of Writing Dangerously
Technically this is no longer an event – but when I saw the prompt for this week, this is what I immediately thought of. NaNoWriMo’s Night of Writing Dangerously was a large fundraising dinner at the end of November and for a girl who did NaNoWriMo every year for nearly ten years, this was a big deal to me. In 2018 they canceled the in-person event, but if they were to bring it back, I would absolutely go.
2. Book Expo
This is the largest book trade fair in the United States, and I’ve heard about it for years but never had the opportunity to go. I would love to get to do someday and check out the new releases and just generally be in the middle of it.
I am admittedly not as big of a Harry Potter fan as I used to be, but even now I would love to go to LeakyCon someday. My birthmom has gone and loved it, and I just think it would be fun to be an environment where we can really discuss Harry Potter without the look (you know what I mean).
4. Starfury: The Highlanders
This is just strictly me being a nerd, but I love Outlander and the world that Diana Gabaldon built, and this is a convention specifically for Outlander. I think it would be so much fun to attend someday and get to geek out with other fans.
5. FLIP (Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty)
This one I hadn’t heard of until recently but it would fulfill two of my goals at the same time: to visit Brazil, and to attend a large literature festival. This is the biggest literature festival in Brazil, and has featured some pretty big authors in the past, including Toni Morrison and Juan Gabriel Vasquez.
6. Brooklyn Book Festival
HI don’t have a good feel for how big the crowds are in this one, but the pictures and descriptions I’ve seen just make it sound delightful. The event is free to get in, and there is even a special children’s day, featuring children’s literature. I would love to take my kids someday.
7. The Writer’s Hotel NYCV All-Fiction Writer’s Conference
This is more of a writing conference than anything else, but it sounds exactly like what I want right now with my writing. This is a conference in NYC where writers submit in advance a full-length, completed manuscript. They then get together at the conference to discuss their comments and critiques. It basically sounds like the writing classes I had in college except on a larger scale, and I would love to participate someday.
8. San Diego Comic-Con
Well, this is as much about geek culture as it is about literature, but someday I would love to attend the San Diego Comic-Con, because of the attendees as much as the content.
9. MCM Comic Con
England’s answer to SDCC – twice a year and mixes UK popular culture with MCM is England’s answer to SDCC – they meet twice a year to celebrate anime, comics, sci-fi, film… basically all of my interests together, plus it’s in London, so there’s that.
10. New York Comic-Con
Lots of big nameI’ll admit that I hadn’t taken that much of an interest in the New York Comic-Con until recently – it just seemed like another Dan Diego Comic-Con. My boyfriend attended a few years ago though and loved it, and said it was a great time, so I’m going to have to see it for myself someday.