As someone who has always been possessed of a love of language, it’s a no-brainer that I would have readily agreed when my friend Kimberly asked me if I’d like to be involved in organizing the first Halifax BookCamp back in 2010. Following on the heels of the Vancouver and Toronto events, BookCamp Halifax was a small but mighty gathering that brought together publishers, editors, writers, and readers of all shapes, sizes, varieties, and flavours to talk about the current and future state of the written word in all its incarnations.
Small it might have been, but the conversations were wide in scope and deep in focus. Despite an attendance of less than fifty bibliophiles, the event was considered enough of a success that it spawned an offspring, namely BookCamp Halifax 2011, in which I also participated as an organizer (though sadly I was ill on the day of the event and unable to attend).
Again the event was a success, and though 2012 came and went without a BookCamp Halifax (due primarily to the busy lives of the organizers), the idea remained in the hearts of minds of those who had attended the previous two, and quiet, murmuring questions began to arise from various quarters, wondering whether or not another BookCamp Halifax might yet come to pass.
And here we are. It’s November 2013, and another BookCamp Halifax is nearly upon us. I’m on the organizing committee again—along with nine talented, energetic, and dedicated individuals—and in a comparatively short time (we’ve only really been on this bandwagon since the end of August), we’ve gotten a venue, sponsors, session leaders, and a website.
It’s coming together beautifully, and the short time frame and excellent results are a testament to the importance of having a good-sized organizing committee comprised of individuals with varied backgrounds and skill sets. A quick look at the “Organizers” page on our site will show you what I’m talking about. These people rock.
This year’s BookCamp promises to be the best yet. We’ve almost hit the hundred mark (as of this writing) for registrations, and we have a diverse group of guests who will be leading our discussion sessions. Check out our “Sessions” page for the lowdown. It’s going to be a fascinating day.
Remember, this is an un-conference. What that means is that our “presenters” are there to get the conversation started, but it’s the attendees that keep it going. It’s not a sit-there-and-listen-to-someone-talk kind of event; it’s a get-involved-and-ask-questions-and-share-your-experience kind. There’s a big difference.
I don’t need to regurgitate all the details here. Everything you need to know is on the BookCamp website. What you need to know from me is that a lot of work has gone into organizing this shindig, and because of that, there is going to be something for everyone at BookCamp Halifax 2013.
A tip of the hat to Kimberly, Alison, Whitney, Anne, Sarah, Carol, Colleen, Natalie, and Kristina for an amazing job in promoting, organizing, procuring, writing, reminding, contacting, emailing, talking, connecting, tweeting, donating, selling, and mentioning the hell out of this thing.
It’ll be fun. See you there.