We sat at low, wooden tables and talked literature for four minutes - to the sound of other punters gently playing ping pong in the background - before it was time to move on to the next bookworm. We used an app (Mixeo) to record any romantic intentions and added book recommendations, too.

Thanks, perhaps, to the advert for the event, I’d expected a lot of hipsters with modernist poetry in their pockets.

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Linka said she wanted to explore the issues and rules of some developing nations against the backdrop of America.

The second event I attended, YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch, is where I had the pleasure of hearing from authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s annual selected lists or have received one of its literary awards.

Enter Original Dating, an events company that combines shared interests with face-to-face interaction.

It organises themed speed dating, so there’s a talking point for when you hit that wall of awkwardness, and don't know what to say next. But I knew it was worth a try when I spied their next event: literary speed dating. I grew up an avid reader, and studied literature at university.

Which is why, for many of us, half the fun of ALA Annual Conference is hearing about what is new and upcoming from our favorite authors.

With a plethora of exciting titles on the horizon, a quick and fun way to get the word out is through literary speed dating—the first of its kind at Annual Conference.Are you still looking for the Mr Darcy to your Elizabeth Bennett? Or even a playboy millionaire for a little B&D, if that’s your thing.What better way for bookish sorts to form a bond than over your favourite paperback?I had the opportunity to attend two of these whirlwind events, and they were quite the experience.First I went to the Association of American Publishers’ Children’s Author event. Hoover’s new title, is the first of a steampunk trilogy about the Septemberist Society, a secret society of monster hunters.A little more time was given with each participant, so I was able to hear from 12 authors.