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ACFW Recap 2: MOA Book Signing

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

We’ve always had an “open to the public” book signing at the ACFW conference, but it’s always been at the hotel and rarely drew more than a handful of people from outside of those attending the conference. This year, because of our proximity to the Mall of America, ACFW decided to hold the book signing at the mall. They had signs up all over the mall to draw shoppers attention to the event:

Originally, it was supposed to take place in the Best Buy rotunda. In addition to the tables where authors were signing, they also had a stage where panels of authors answered questions and talked about writing and ACFW. Here’s the panel that included Angie Hunt, Karen Ball, James Scott Bell, and Brandilyn Collins:

Here’s another view of the rotunda:

But they had to add a couple of tables due to the number of authors who wanted to participate.

The tables kept going . . .

And going . . .

And going . . .

And going . . .

And going . . .

Here’s Nashville author Tamara Alexander (with Nancy Moser) signing outside of Bloomindale’s (sorry it’s blurry!):

And Nashville author J.M. Hochstetler signing outside of Old Navy:

And I caught MTCW member Krista Phillips getting a book signed by Rachel Hauck:

So, just in case you can’t tell, this book signing was MASSIVE and great exposure for Christian fiction and ACFW with the thousands of people who experienced it!

  1. Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:56 am

    Oooh, that book signing looks like it was fun! Side note…I finished Tamera A.’s From a Distance right before conference week…loved it!!!


  2. Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:57 pm

    Ugh, you thought the picture of the back of my hair was bad… I so need to cut my hair!!

    Loved the pics, thanks! (I’m still irritated that I didn’t have Joan’s camera to take pics for her at the signing… stupid dad gum front desk!)


  3. Wednesday, September 24, 2008 2:26 pm

    Holy tables, Batman! What a book signing event! I’ve never seen anything like it.

    But I have to tell you, your post is horrible, Kaye! It makes me wish EVEN MORE that I could have been there. Sigh…

    OK…Seriously, THANK YOU so much for sharing the details and these fabulous photos. This will just make me try even harder to save those pennies for next year. 🙂


  4. Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:58 pm

    I heard that B&N staff said the Mall had a really bad summer and they were really grateful for us doing the signing because it brought them so much business. I think that’s totally cool!

    Not so cool: I brought a sore throat and head cold along home with me. bleah….


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