There were several hundred librarians in attendance at the authors forum “The Rise in Popularity of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Genres in our Post-9/11 World” with best-selling novelists R.A. Salvatore and Timothy Zahn, and new fantasy writer Laini (spl?) Taylor. Salvatore spoke about the influence of Tolkien on his own writing. Zahn talked about the subtle way authors can address real world issues without using real names/places/events.
I got to talk to Tim for a couple of minutes at the end of the session before they whisked him away to the exhibit hall for autograph signings at the Random House booth. Stormtroopers were there to help!