Last week the ACFW operating board gathered in Minneapolis at the Sheraton-Bloomington where the 2008 national conference will take place in September. The temperature hardly made it out of the teens the three days we were there, but it didn't stop us from heading out to the Mall of America to check out the location for our huge book signing that will take place there during the conference.
Here's a great little video one of our board members took and put together that will give you a flavor of the place. It's just as high energy as it appears. The book signing will take place in the Rotunda, a short distance away from the indoor amusement park. We plan to have close to 100 authors signing during the event.
Imagine three levels of stores, restaurants, and entertainment, all circling an amusement park. To add to the draw, Minnesota has no sales tax. No wonder people fly into Minneapolis, head across the road to the mall, and spend their vacation days shopping. While I was waiting for my plane Sunday afternoon, I overheard two English girls saying they'd flown over to do just that! Now that really is shopping.
What did I buy there? Only a soft drink. That's a first! Can't promise I'll get away that cheap the next time.