If you're going to be anywhere near Boston between March 7th – 9th, visit Conference Overview for information about the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Hynes Convention Center. It's one of the largest and best conferences for anyone involved in the literary arts and publishing. AWP's Bookfair runs concurrently with the conference and, on Saturday, is open to the public. It is the nation's largest marketplace for independent literary presses and journals, creative writing programs, writing conferences and centers, and literary arts organizations. Sometimes, you can score a bunch of freebies on the last day!

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  1. Bill Jacobson

    I love reading books. I only read paperbacks because I read in bed and hardbound books are painful! I have three sources for paperbacks: the Northbrook library, where they cost a quarter, Good Will, where they are about $.85, and the library at the Senior Center, where they are free. How do I select them? I know some of the authors I enjoy, such as Robert Parker and Lee Child, and I read the back of the books and skim the front. Years and years (and years) ago I was a “reader” at the Pocket Books Division of Simon & Schuster on Fifth Avenue in New York. I rode the elevator up and down with Richard Simon, but my only thought at the time was “Wow, that’s Carly Simon’s Dad!” I read hard-bound books for consideration for re-print as Paper-back books, so I know that what the authors say on the backs is pure promotion, but it still gives you a clue about the book’s content…


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