ARRA releases draft program for ARRC11

ARRA has released the draft program for the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Sydney this year. Click here for a list of ARRC11 posts.

The program includes some of the favourites from the 2009 convention, including ‘This One Time’ and a repeat with different panellists, ‘This Other Time’. I didn’t attend the session in 2009, but I heard it was a total riot. Anna Campbell, Nalini Singh and Cindy Gerard are the keynote speakers, and Helene Young will be launching her new book. Subgenre panels include paranormal romance, historical romance, category romance, romantic suspense, outback romance (‘rural lit’), erotica and sff romance. There’s also a panel showcasing up and coming authors and a publishing panel.

It’s a cracking good line-up with one big problem: How the hell are we supposed to choose which panels to attend?

ARRA will be holding another silent auction, and this time the proceeds will go to the Premier’s Flood Appeal to help Queenslanders affected by flooding. If you have any items you’d like to add to the auction, please contact ARRA.

ARRA is running the Reader Challenge again in the lead up to the convention. The Reader Challenge is open to all ARRC11 delegates, so if you’ve recently read books by ARRC authors, especially those who don’t get much coverage online, please think about entering a review. I’ve signed up, which means that most of my reviews for eligible books (those published by authors attending ARRC11) won’t be posted until after the convention. Although this puts my blogging schedule out of whack, it works out very well for another blog event in the works. More details soon, so watch this space!

The other exciting thing about ARRC11 is that it’s very likely that local bookshops will be organising author signings and appearances around the same time. We’ll post details as we get them, so watch this space. It’s also worth following the ARRA blog or @ARRC2011 on Twitter for news and guest posts from attending authors.

If you’re going to ARRC11, which panels are not to be missed? And which authors are you most excited to meet?

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