Last year my boyfriend and I attended the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, hosted by the Library of Congress. We enjoyed it considerably, despite the rain, and were excited to learn about and have access to new authors.
I wasn’t as happy with this year’s festival. The SF/F authors were spread too far apart in the day, and more than 90% of the books for sale before the signings were available only in hardcover. Last year, even though it was still mostly hardcover, there was a little bit more of a selection that varied in price. They also tended to carry some of each author’s older titles. This year they didn’t. It was the new release or nothing.
It was a nice day, but as we wandered around, none of the talks really caught our attention. Given the circumstances, we decided that our afternoon would be much better spent in Barnes & Noble sipping pumpkin spice lattes and perusing the sci-fi/fantasy section. My boyfriend picked up one of Larry Niven’s Fleet of Planets books, and I picked up the second book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy. Now, off to do homework and then to read!