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February 23, 2017 / jennrudsit

Rock & Sling at AWP: AWP as Told by Elf

by Lauren Klepinger

Bookworms and publishing nerds at AWP often feel like Christmas came again in the spring. You enter a magical wonderland with all of your favorite literary paraphernalia, and you go home loaded with gifts (for others, or for yourself). So, it’s only fitting that I represent my experience with the fictional character who can best match the enthusiasm of a writer/editor/bookworm landed in the AWP conference Literary Mecca: Buddy the Elf.

 

Of course, the hype for the book fair had been going on for weeks.

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And when we stepped through the double doors for the first time, our faces looked something like this:

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You can find programs and publishers for virtually any specific literary interest.

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I found my own favorite booths…

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…and visited them a few too many times to deliberate which books were worthy of my precious luggage space:

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When I got back to my hotel, though, I realized I still took too much free stuff.

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Of course, we also spent plenty of time selling our own merchandise with that good retail smile.

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I also can’t leave out the panels and readings, equal parts entertaining and informative:

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But no true bookworm is satisfied without also taking a tour of the local coffee shops…

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…and finishing off the day with some good food.

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All told, AWP is a whirlwind of enthusiasm for literary culture and all the unique and rich artifacts it produces. And it makes me never want to leave.

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Lauren Klepinger is a junior English major at Whitworth University, and the Assistant Poetry Editor for Rock & Sling.

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