I have found a new favorite city. Philadelphia. For this self-confessed history geek, what is there not to love about a city that not only embraces its historical roots and significance but shows it off at every corner?
Love, love, love, Philadelphia!
I was there for the Public Library Association meeting (Check out the tweets via #PLA12 or #PLA2012–bless those librarians, they needed two hashtags to get it all in!) and had a blast.
Leaving Seattle at 0-Dark-30, (that is an official time–basically it is dark and no one in their right mind has any business being up), I arrived in Philadelphia many hours later to be greeted by the always delightful Nicole Burnham. We got caught up over Greek food, and agreed that Philadelphia was a perfect city for walking around. She regaled me with stories of her tours and sightseeing, which only jazzed me up for my plans on Friday. The airport shuttle driver had already whetted my appetite for sightseeing, as he’d spent the entire drive in pointing out places in this off-handed manner, like “Oh, yeah, and there’s the Liberty Bell.” The Liberty Bell! The actual, live and cracked, Liberty Bell? Be still my still beating heart.
But my desire to go all tourist and get out and see EVERYTHING had to wait. Work always comes first. Not that the work isn’t just a kick in the pants.
The next morning found Nicole and I, bright and early (which is akin to 0-Dark-Thirty, especially if you are a West coaster suddenly thrust onto East Coast time) on a panel with the lovely and enchanting Deanna Raybourn, Madeline Hunter, and Leanna Renee Hieber, talking about romance to a packed house of librarians. I was, of course, the rowdy one. But I don’t think anyone minded as I discussed the significance of sex in romance novels–even first thing in the morning. The crowd of librarians were enthusiastic and excited, probably as much as we authors are appreciative of all they do for us–who among us hasn’t just about died with delight when some superhero librarian finds that out-of-print, impossible-to-find research book via inter-library loan?
The day continued to get better when I went out to the panel signing and found that HarperCollins had sent boxes of advance copies of Along Came a Duke for me to sign and giveaway after the panel. So worth the early hours! The librarians who came to our panel scored a huge haul!
Then it was a rush to do more signings–one at the RWA booth and another at the Harper booth, then off to a tea at the Four Seasons. No one does tea as nice as the Four Seasons. By the time I got back to my hotel, it was dark again and I was exhausted. Thrilled with the day, but exhausted.
Yet Friday dawned bright and lovely, and I was ready to explore. I went and saw Independence Hall, the portrait gallery in the 2nd Bank of the US, Betsy Ross’s House, Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Along the way, I geeked out on Twitter and gushed about the history that gave me goosebumps (Betsy Ross’s actual signature!), laughs (the Starbucks located nearly across the street from Betsy’s house), and the beauty of historical architecture where the details were done with such care. I realized I do know a lot about my country’s history, but–and this is the cool part–I have a whole lot more to discover.
My thanks to PLA for inviting me to be part of their conference and my appreciation for them choosing such a perfect city to host their conference.
My question for this week’s blog drawing is easy: What historical site would you LOVE to visit?
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