So I returned last week from the Historical Novel Society’s 2015 North American Conference in Denver. (The conference program can be found here.) With keynote speakers Diana Gabaldon, Karen Cushman, and C.C. Humphreys (Mr. Humphreys’ keynote address can be found here), a book signing with over 100 authors, numerous panels, a costume contest, networking, and indie book awards, it was a packed event. Highlights included the always gracious Ms. Gabaldon speaking about the TV series based on her books, meeting numerous authors whose books I’ve enjoyed so much, and attending the panels on accessing primary sources.
I was fortunate enough to co-host a panel on starting your own local HNS chapter with Anna Lee Huber and Marci Jefferson that took place on Sunday morning. We had a lot of people asking about the hows, whys, and whens, and our chapter – the Great Lakes Chapter – continues to grow in membership. Always exciting!
The next HNS meeting is 2016 in Oxford, UK. As much as I’d like to go to that one, I’ll count on returning to the next North American event in 2017.