WOW! 2012 Romance Slam Jam – “Romance in The Rock” is over. The Sistahs of Color Reading Group and author Laura Parker Castoro thank you for being a part of the RSJ family reunion this year. Family reunion? I always feel like I am attending a family reunion during Slam Jam. Don’t you?
We are humbled and glad everyone received and enjoyed what we put our hearts and hard work into for 2.5 years while planning the conference. Our book club has a special love for African American authors and I know the attendees of RSJ share that love. Slam Jam allows us to come together to celebrate and share what we all love and support. Again I can’t say how honored we are to have been host for this year’s conference.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
I heard this quote on the radio right after the conference. While you may forget about the scavenger hunt where you mixed and mingled and got to know your RSJ family a little better, or Gwyneth Bolton’s powerful keynote speech, or the karaoke contest (though I’m not sure how you can forget Keith Thomas Walker’s rendition of Adore) or the intimate conversations you had with your favorite authors; we hope that you will always remember how we made you feel while you were in our city for 2012 Slam Jam.
I want to send a final thank you to the RSJ founders and organization for giving us this opportunity. We appreciated the confidence you had in us to host this special conference. Our desire was to follow in the Slam Jam’s tradition and have you leave Little Rock ready for the next Slam Jam. Now for those who are saying, Milwaukee?! I don’t want to go to Milwaukee. Remember the same thing was said about Little Rock. I know because some of you came to me and said just that. For true Slam Jammers, the location is secondary. We can be in the middle of the desert and Slam Jammers will still rock the house. So we will see next year in Wisconsin where The Lovely Ladies Book Club will show us how to “Melt in Milwaukee.”
Claritta Stinson, 2012 Host Book Club Chair
Sistahs of Color Reading Group