There are many, many book festivals held around America each year.Some of them go wayyyy back, and are still popular as ever. Bob and I have been to many; but many we have never gotten around to attending.
Each book festival has its own personality. We love the Chicago book fair, which is held on one of the old streets, has a tunnel of white tents, and a gazillion books...just a rip-roarin' literary fest, with warm chili, cold beer, and more!
This past Saturday, our very own Fayette County hosted its first annual book festival: Books Down South. Joyce Beverly, owner and editor of The Fayette Woman, and her husband, Cal, owner and editor of The Citizen, did a great job organizing, hosting, and covering the event in various media. Gallopade was a sponsor and we had a lovely booth and room for children's readings.
My job was the best: sign books and talk to parents, kids, old friends, and fellow authors… plus, eat a donut now and then! It's so much fun to be around book-lovers and to see parents and children stew over "this book or that one or both?"
I believe BOOKS DOWN SOUTH will be an annual success.