Last Wednesday, Steve and I left cozy North Carolina for Boston. “What’s in Boston?” you may ask. WELL, aside from Harvard Square, eclectic restaurants, and blizzards, Boston was the spot for this year’s annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Blair and numerous other publishers set up shop at the Hynes Convention Center to schmooze writers from all over the world. Blair had a prime spot at the convention, and we displayed our books proudly:
And we had plenty of authors at our booth, including Steve Almond, author of God Bless America, who stopped by to say hello.
Though the Hynes Convention Center has an adjoining Sheraton hotel, Steve and I weren’t able to reserve rooms there because the hotel sold out within the first few days of conference registration! Crazy, right?! Instead, we stayed at the Doubletree hotel just off the JFK/UMass T-stop (I sound so Bostonian!), which gave us a chance to ride the subway every day and really experience the city.
It also gave us the chance to experience some good, ol’ Northeastern snow.
The highlights of our trip included eating at the Dumpling Café in Chinatown:
Attending the awesome panels AWP offered this year:
Visiting the Harvard Book Store in Harvard Square:
Introducing Steve to shawarma:
And making time for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston:
The museum had works by amazing artists including Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh.
But Steve said his favorite was the one below “because [he’s] a simple man”:
Whereas I liked this man’s sassy pants:
But my favorite was the postcard exhibit:
Wait a second! That bottom one on the right … is that? Couldn’t be. But I think … OMG, it is!
Both Steve and I agree, though, the BIGGEST highlight of our trip was seeing all of our friends.