Minneapolis Preps for AWP Conference

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Minneapolis is set to receive thousands of writers, editors and publishers this week for the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. AWP’s conference and book fair, the largest of its kind in North America, will run from Wednesday to Saturday.

It is expected to attract more than 12,000 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center and generate in $28 million for the local economy, according to the Star Tribune.

From AWP’s website:

The 2015 conference will feature over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world.

Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was picked by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011” and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will be the keynote speaker.

From AWP’s website:

Each year, the AWP Conference & Bookfair travels to a different city in North America to celebrate the outstanding authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers, and small press publishers of that region. Most conference events are organized by their participants and selected from among a competitive submission process by AWP’s conference subcommittee. Featured events are organized and sponsored by member institutions, afiliated literary organizations, or AWP.

Seattle hosted the 2014 Conference and the 2016 Conference will be held in Los Angeles.

Will you be at #AWP15?

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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