Out and About with the Quill: AWP 2018 Book Fair

There’s nothing like a book fair to get your literary juices flowing. There are so many interesting books around, not to mention writers and publishers to talk to! So naturally, I felt like I was among my people at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs Book Fair, held March 8-10 in Tampa, Florida. Here are some photographs of the event for you to enjoy, whether you missed the event or were there to see the sights.

palm trees

First of all, the event was in Florida, so I definitely enjoyed escaping the cold to venture into a land of blue skies and palm trees.

Tampa Convention Centre

As you approach the Tampa Convention Centre, you not only get a great view, but also a sense of the excitement that awaits.

Tampa Convention Center

On the first day the book fair, I arrived bright and early at 8:00 a.m. to check in and get set up.

Interior Tampa Convention Center

The convention was a bit of a ghost town first thing in the morning, but the lack of a crowd did give me a chance to peek at the books on display.

PQL table at AWP

I wasted no time in getting our table set up to display our lovely PSL books.

Bookseller's-eye view

A bookseller’s-eye view…

AWP attendees

At 9:00 a.m., attendees started to trickle in for a full day of bookish chatting!


And with that, I put away my camera and enjoyed soaking in the literary atmosphere.

PortraitIt was wonderful to meet all the writers and readers who attended the fair. I was particularly tickled to see people who remembered me from the Detroit Book Fest, and Printer’s Row in Chicago. Here’s hoping we meet again soon!


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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.