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The International Reading Association: Annual Conference

I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to attend another annual convention for the International Reading Association. This year (today), I will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas to partake in the festivities. I am extremely nervous to be flying (even more so after the horrible events this week), but I'm giddy over the opportunities as well.

For those in education, you've probably heard of this organization before. For those of you outside of the school setting, you're probably wondering what the big deal is. Well, let me take a few moments to tell you how awesome this is.

1. It's an international ordeal with over 10 THOUSAND attendees gathering to learn more about cutting edge educational trends.

2. Rick Riordan is one of the keynote speakers.

3. There is a panel discussion with YA authors about the appeal of dystopian literature among teens. (Guess which sesssion was circled and highlighted on my itinerary?)

4. There is a "Guide to the Stars" that lists all of the authors that will be there signing books. Some of the highlights on my list include: David Shannon, Kathyrn Otoshi, Mari Mancusi, Marie Lu, Ruta Sepetys, Sharon Flake, A. G. Howard, Walter Dean Myers, David Levithan(!) and Sharon Draper.

5. Last time I attended in 2011 I came home with a suitcase (and a few boxes) full of books. That alone makes my heart skip a beat since I am a book collector. Possibly a hoarder at this point. I have been cleaning my shelves in preparation for the awesomeness to come.

6. All of the major publishers (and some of my faves) are going to be there. I am very excited about meeting some of the great people that have been hooking me up with books from NetGalley and beyond.

and finally, it's in San Antonio during Fiesta! I've never been to Texas, so this is a big deal to me.

So that's it. I will there from Friday-Tuesday. *Swoon* If you're in the area, let me know! I need a tour guide and some tips for River Walk. I can't wait to share more about the experience, as I'm sure Rick Riordan is going to be amazing!

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