Who’s in the mood for some good news out of Washington? Well, here you go: the American Translators Association’s 58th annual conference, October 25-28 in Washington, DC, is open for registration. This year, we reviewed over 425 proposals to come up with a 175-session program (thank you to everyone who submitted!). The Wednesday before the conference starts is even more packed than usual, with 15 Advanced Skills and Training Day courses, plus our new T&I Advocacy Day. Many of the Wednesday options have limited space (we have one bus for Advocacy Day, and the majority of last year’s AST courses sold out), so please book early if you’d like to attend those. We’re also anticipating that the room block at the Washington Hilton will sell out quickly, so put that on your to-do list as well.
Here’s an interesting factoid: during our preliminary visit to the Washington Hilton, we learned that Jimi Hendrix played the hotel’s International Ballroom in 1968. So, you could attend because–as an attendee commented last year–“You can’t download an experience like this.” Or, you could come because ATA58, like that Jimi Hendrix show, is going to rock! Either way, we’re expecting 1,800+ attendees and I’m excited to organize the conference once more, before my term as ATA President begins. Hope to see lots of you there!