Rust City Book Convention will take place in Troy, Michigan (Metro Detroit), August 12 – 14, 2016.
The short story is behind Rust City is kind of selfish – I want to see more authors in (or near) Michigan, and I know I’m not the only one. Tour schedules often pass Detroit despite it’s size and proximity to the Canadian border; I would like to fix that by giving authors a reason to visit. I have loved sharing the various worlds I have read through Literary Escapism, and now I want to do it on a larger scale.
The long story spans a couple years…
When the Border Bookstores closed a few years ago, I started complaining about how there went the one place that most authors visit in the Detroit area. Yes authors do still come here, but not like they used to. A friend told me I should start my own thing in Detroit, authors would come if they had a reason to. At the time, I wasn’t ready to undertake such a project.
Fast forward a couple years, and seeing two friends who have put on their own conventions, I started getting the idea that I might actually be able to do this. With some encouraging support from a local friends, I started researching the idea and found a desire for a reader event in Metro Detroit.
As I have started planning Rust City, there’s been one thing that has come up whenever I ask others their opinions – what did I want – and I realized that as a newbie convention, I didn’t have to follow what everyone else has done. So I’m planning Rust City with aspects from other cons that I love (a kid track which my 8yo son if in full support of, lots of reader/author time) and things I dislike (swag in welcome bags – c’mon who really keeps everything?). Things are in development, so there are still things that have yet to be decided; but I can’t wait to see everything come together next August (2016).
I’m a reader who loves to talk about books, and that’s what I want to do. Hopefully you’ll be with us at Rust City so we can do that together.