Fun at Durham’s Inaugural READ LOCAL Book Festival

Book festivals are a fascinating part of the writing life and each one I’ve participated in so far has had its own flavor and personality.  This past weekend I took part in Durham, NC’s inaugural READ LOCAL festival, and here following are a few pictures, observations and reflections:

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Good friends and fellow authors Gretchen Griffith and Sandra Warren shared a table just down the row from me.  This is the second time our paths have crossed on the festival circuit, and it’s great to have familiar faces in a crowd of 60 exhibitors and 50 local authors.

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Sandra delighted children with her Arlie the Alligator hats craft table.

Book industry professionals like my own publicist, Priscilla Goudreau-Santos, came out to strut their stuff.  She and Carin Siegfried, Nicole Ayers, Betsy Thorpe and Karen Alley are excited about a new collaborative called All About the Authors.  They have a new website in the making at www.allabouttheauthors.com or you can email questions to allabouttheauthors@gmail.com.

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The place was buzzing with area SCBWI friends, including John Claude Bemis, Clay Carmichael, and Louise Hawes on this “Writing for Young Readers” panel.

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Festivals provide great ways to make new friends by sharing a table.  My table mates, Donovan Parker II and Monique Smith, were two of the four college students who have collaborated on a book of devotions called Being Perfected:  A Compilation of Daily Devotionals to Help You Stay Kingdom Minded.  It was inspiring to meet such industrious young writers.

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A unique twist for festivals and a new experience for me was hearing an excerpt of my work read by a “celebrity” author, Mary Lambeth Moore, whose own debut book is Sleeping With Patty Hearst. We ended up swapping books and I can’t wait to dip into hers which she said bears some similarities to Crazy!

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Fellow authors, I have to tell you that sales aren’t always the best take-away at festivals, but the time is SO well spent in networking, seeing old friends, and making lots of new connections.  I commend the organizers of this inaugural event, and I predict it will only get bigger and better as it rolls along.


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Fun at Durham’s Inaugural READ LOCAL Book Festival — 3 Comments

  1. Yes, fun and informative. Next time I see you we can take up our conversation about sales tax. I can see I still have a lot to learn!

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