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Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be in town April 16, much to the delight of the state's librarians.
That's because the pair, co-authors of "Peter and the Starcatchers," will be appearing at the Texas Library Association conference at the Dallas Convention Center that week.
Other authors attending include Rosemary Wells, Elizabeth Noble, Kathy Patrick and first daughter Jenna Bush.
Now, the fee schedule for this conference would baffle even those of you who memorized the Dewey Decimal system as a child. (Don't play dumb -- I know you're out there.) I did contact organizers and asked whether members of the general public could attend and was told, yes: "If the author you are interested in is signed up to be in the authors area then an exhibits only badge is sufficient. If the author is a speaker at one of our sessions or programs then that you will need an attendee badge and possibl[y] purchase a ticket if they are speaking at a meal function."
If I can get clarification on that, I will post it.
Meanwhile, perhaps you could also sneak in as a ringer on a bookcart drill team. (I always knew those librarians had dark secrets about what they did in the stacks after the doors were locked.)
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