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1. StoryMakers On Location | The Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival

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On a brisk fall morning, more than twenty authors and illustrators gathered at the White Plains Public Library for the second annual Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival. Community members including children, parents, and educators were invited to meet the authors and illustrators, shop Barnes & Nobles pop-up shop, have their books autographed, and take in a reading of picture, middle grade, and young adult books. Literacy advocacy organization First Book gifted an age-appropriate book to each child in attendance.

The Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival was a reunion of sorts. Rocco Staino and the crew ran into Stephen Savage, Julie Chibbaro, and J.M. Superville Sovak; past Read Out Loud and StoryMakers guests. Rocco interviewed authors and illustrators who cover a wide range of topics including fantasy (Tracey West), civil rights (Eric Velasquez), bullying and the power of creativity (Matt Davies), immigration and tradition (Tanya Simon & Mark Siegel), special education (Delores Connors), healing through yoga (Susa Verde), and being multiracial (Torrey Maldonado).

Meeting authors and illustrators is a good reason to attend a book festival, but it is not the only one. Visiting a book festival gives parents (great family activity) and educators the ability to connect with other community members and organizations interested in childhood literacy. While several festival guests were aware of KidLit TV we were able to interact with a new group of readers, viewers, and literacy advocates.


We’ve provided time stamps (in parentheses) and abridged summaries, from the author or publisher’s site, of books discussed during this episode of Story Makers On Location.

Anya Wallach (00:25)
Stage Struck: Showstopper! (Co-Authored by Lisa Fielder) – Book 2 begins just days after the debut of the troupe’s first production. Relishing her success, Anya turns her attention to the troupe’s second show. But trouble rears its head almost immediately when their beloved barn venue is jeopardized.

Stage Struck: Curtains Up! (Co-Authored by Lisa Fielder) – After 12-year-old Anya is cut from her middle school soccer team, she decides to pursue her true passion, which is theater. With the help of her sister and new friend Austin, Anya puts together a kids summer theater troupe (The Random Farms Kids Theater), recruiting area kids as actors and crew members.

Susan Verde (01:03)
I Am Yoga (Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds) – New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and author and certified yoga instructor Susan Verde team up again in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.

You and Me (Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds) – You and Me is a loving tribute to how fate brought two best friends together. An adorable cat muses about the what-ifs in life: What if he had slept late that one special morning? What if he’d missed his train on that fateful day? Then he might never have met his favorite person in the world, and his entire life would be different!

The Museum (Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds) – As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure. Each piece of art evokes something new inside of her: silliness, curiosity, joy, and ultimately inspiration. When confronted with an empty white canvas, she is energized to create and express herself—which is the greatest feeling of all.

Eric Velasquez, Illustrator (01:51)
New Shoes (Written by Susan Lynn Meyer) – When her brother’s hand-me-down shoes don’t fit, it is time for Ella Mae to get new ones. She is ecstatic, but when she and her mother arrive at Mr. Johnson’s shoe store, her happiness quickly turns to dejection. Ella Mae is unable to try on the shoes because of her skin color. Determined to fight back, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte work tirelessly to collect and restore old shoes, wiping, washing, and polishing them to perfection. The girls then have their very own shoe sale, giving the other African American members of their community a place to buy shoes where they can be treated fairly and “try on all the shoes they want.”

Gary Golio (03:00)
Bird & Diz (Illustrated by Ed Young) – A playful tribute to the creators of Bebop, starring sax player Charlie “Bird” Parker and trumpeter John “Dizzy” Gillespie! As they juggle notes and chase each other with sounds, the two friends create a new kind of music, thrilling fast jazz full of endless surprises.

Tanya Simon (Co-Author) & Mark Siegel (Illustrator) (03:35)
Oskar and the Eight Blessings (Co-Authored by Richard Simon) – A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city’s many holiday sights, and encounters it various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness, welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life in the new world.

Susanna Reich (05:55)
Fab Four Friends: the Boys Who Became the BeatlesThe true story of how four ordinary boys growing up amid the rubble of postwar England became the bestselling band in history.

Matt Davies, Author/Illustrator (06:14)
Nerdy Birdy (Written by Aaron Reynolds) – Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he’s at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

Ben Draws Trouble – Ben loved drawing more than anything else in the world (with the possible exception of riding his bicycle). He drew boats as well as bicycles, sharks and spaceships. But most of all he loved drawing people. When Ben loses his sketchbook his world is turned upside down. Who will find it? And how will they react? Find out in this worthy successor to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies’s first picture book, Ben Rides On.

Ben Rides OnBen loves his new bike. In fact, he loves it so much he even likes riding to school (especially if he can take the long way around)! That is, until an encounter with the local bully, Adrian Underbite, leaves Ben bike-less. When Ben discovers where his bike actually is, the reader is in for a dramatic, and literal, cliffhanger. Will Ben ever be able to get his bike back?

Neil Swaab (07:24)
The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)It’s the first week of middle school, i.e., the Worst Place in the Entire World. How do you survive in a place where there are tough kids twice your size, sadistic teachers, and restrictions that make jail look like a five-star resort? Easy: with the help of Max Corrigan, middle school “expert” and life coach. Let Max teach you how to win over not just one, but all of the groups in school, from the Preps to the Band Geeks. Along the way, Max offers surefire advice and revealing tips on how to get through universal middle school experiences like gym class, detention, faking sick, dealing with jocks and bullies, and acing exams (without getting caught cheating).

Tracey West (07:57)
Dragon Masters: Power of the Fire DragonIt’s time for the Dragon Masters to battle the dark wizard! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! The Dragon Masters are going to visit Queen Rose’s kingdom. But Rori and Drake must stay behind. Then a four-headed dragon attacks the castle — and Maldred is riding it! How is Maldred controlling this giant dragon? Will Rori and Drake have to battle the dark wizard on their own?

Bianca Turetsky (08:18)
The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the NileWhen Louise Lambert tries on a lavender Grecian gown during a visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, she feels a familiar tug and falls back in time, arriving at the dusty base of an enormous pyramid. She has landed in ancient Egypt…or has she? It turns out that Louise is on the legendary Old Hollywood film set of Cleopatra, but her time there is short-lived. Rummaging through the wardrobe tent, Louise gets her hands on a pearl necklace that dates back to 51 BC, and she suddenly finds herself whisked away once more, this time to the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. Gold and jewels shimmer in the Egyptian sunlight, but poisonous snakes and dangerous enemies also roam the palace halls. Louise quickly learns that life as a handmaiden to Queen Cleopatra is much more treacherous–and fashionable–than she ever could have imagined.

Delores Connors (09:05)
I Don’t Want To GoWhat is it like for a child to go from a mainstream classroom into a special education class? For Mark it’s a challenge, and he doesn’t want to go. Mark is struggling with the idea of moving from his “big classroom” into this “little classroom.” I Don’t Want To Go, through its poignant narrative, brings home the point that emotions can have a strong impact on student learning.

Torrey Maldonado (09:41)
Secret SaturdaysSean is Justin’s best friend, at least Justin thought he was. But lately Sean has been acting differently: telling lies, getting into trouble at school, and hanging out with a tougher crowd. When Justin finally discovers that Sean’s been secretly going to visit his father in prison and is dealing with the shame of that, Justin wants to do something to help before his friend spirals further out of control. But what if confronting Sean means Justin loses his very best friend?

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach & White Plains Superintendent of Schools Paul Fried (02:32)
Tamia M., child festival attendee (05:32)

Max Rodriguez & Brian Kenney (10:24)

The Westchester Children’s Book Festival is a partnership of the Harlem Book Fair, the White Plains Public Library, The City of White Plains, the City of White Plains Youth Bureau, and the White Plains Library Foundation. Festival sponsors include TD Bank, New York-Presbyterian Westchester Division, MVP Health Care Hudson Health Plan, Westchester Knicks, and First Book.


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2. Words from books

October is an important month for book festivals—in Boston, Austin, Madison, Baton Rouge, and of course Frankfurt, Germany, which hosts the world’s oldest book festival. In honor of book festivals, I want to delve a bit into the way that the language of books expanded the English vocabulary.

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3. 13th Annual Collingswood Book Festival ~ October 3, 2015

Wow! In four days the 13th Annual Collingswood Book Festival will be held! 

Yippee! Snoopy Dance!

This will be my second time participatin and my first as a featured children's author! I will be setup in the Children's Area at Tent 3.

A bit about the festival...

Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015 when festival-goers will have an opportunity to stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

Directions and further details... www.collingswoodbookfestival.com

If you are attending or are in the area please do stop by and say hello!


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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4. Hello, My Pretty

Last year when Wish You Weren’t came out, I was happy with the cover and hopeful that it represented the story well. I still love the cover, but I also started to realize that the static image implied a “quiet” type of story. If you’ve read Wish You Weren’t, you know that’s not the case. […]

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5. Hello 2015!

I don’t know about you, but so far, 2015 has been a good year. Okay, so we’re only nine days into it, but hey, it’s nice to start out on a good note! For starters, next week is the Celebration of Local Authors which I’m excited to be a part of. I’ll be there all […]

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6. Fun at the California Capital

Thanks to everyone who came out to the California Capital Book Festival in Sacramento. It was fun to meet new people, talk with readers, see familiar faces. And of course, buy some new books for myself! This was the first year for this book festival and the organizers did a great job making the entire […]

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7. You can take that to the Bank(s)!

I spent Saturday, in Cincinnati at the Books by the Banks 2014. Here is an overview of the event-

Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October in downtown Cincinnati. The day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
It was a great day of book signing, seeing old friends and meeting new friends. There were kids with really cool looking painted faces. I almost jumped in line for a total face and head painting...but, changed my mind. When will I ever grow up?
Here are a few pics that were taken...
Adam Watkins, me and Jon Bowers.
This would be me and the great Marc Brown. Wow, this pic is a keeper!
I'm with Loren Long (and his lunch). 
I made two new very talented friends, Michelle Houts and Melissa Guion. Their table was filled with chocolate baseballs and penguins. And books, of course! 

Now, I'm back in the studio, coffee in hand, ready to paint some skunks and chipmunks...sure with I had a few of those chocolate baseballs.
...back to the brush.

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8. Books by the Banks!

I will be at Books by the Banks this year with my 3 books out in 2014!

I hope to see you there! I am excited to get a couple books signed by John Scalzi if I can sneak away from my table!

A Cool Summer Tail

Animal Atlas

And, just out this week!

Macarooned on a Dessert Island

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9. Award-winning Children’s Author, Donna McDine, Appearing at Collingswood Book Festival, Collingswood, NJ – October 11, 2014 at 10-4 pm

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CONTACT: Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children’s Author
Phone: 845-721-7802

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Award-winning Children’s Author, Donna McDine, Appearing at Collingswood Book Festival, Collingswood, NJ – October 11, 2014 at 10-4 pm

Collingswood, NJ – Join award-winning children’s author, Donna M. McDine at the Collingswood Book Festival, Downtown Collingswood, NJ, October 11 at 10-4 pm for book signings of her four early-reader children’s books, The Golden Pathway, Hockey Agony, Powder Monkeyand A Sandy Grave.

Join in the fun at the Collingswood Book Festival when festival-goers will have an opportunity to stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with nationally recognized authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

Visit Collingswood Book Festival for event information and directions: www.collingswoodbookfestival.com.

About the Author: Multi award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With four early reader children’s picture books to her credit, A Sandy Grave (January 2014), Powder Monkey (May 2013), Hockey Agony(January 2013) and The Golden Pathway(August 2010) and a fifth book in the publishing pipeline with Guardian Angel Publishing her adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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10. The Art of Not Sucking

Speaking in front of people terrifies me. So last week when I had a fifteen minute slot to fill as a speaker at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival, I called a friend and told her she needed to share the time with me. The funny thing is, ask me to sing the National Anthem […]

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11. Lee & Low at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, 9/21

For those who are in the New York City Area, we’ve got lots of great things happening this weekend!

On Saturday, September 20 at 10:30 am, Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, will be doing a reading at the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City. More info here.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

LEE & LOW BOOKS will also be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, September 21! We’re looking forward to a fun-filled day with our authors, and if you’re in the New York City area we hope you’ll stop by! We’ll be at booth #604, right next to the Columbus Statue Garden.

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Artwork from HIROMI’S HANDS, written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch

The festival is located at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


monica brown10-10:45am at booth #604; 3-3:30pm at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Area

Monica Brown is the author of Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match and Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash


christiane kromer 11-11:45am at booth #604

Christiane Krömer is the illustrator of King For a Day


mark greenwoodfrane lessac12-12:30pm at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Area; 1-1:45pm at booth #604

Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac are the author and illustrator of Drummer Boy of John John

Hope to see you there!

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12. Cape Elizabeth Author Festival, May 11th

Will be at 
Cape Elizabeth, ME 
Author Festival 
Saturday May 11th 2 -5 pm. 

 Fantastic line up of authors and illustrators! Check out this link...

If you are in the area, bring yourself, bring your children, bring your friend's children and come along for a fantastic afternoon!


PS - I will be doing a doodle for every child! Don't miss it.

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13. Princeton Children’s Book Festival: Saturday, September 8, 2012

Guess what? I got into Princeton!

Wait a minute, though. Before you go shining up a class ring for me and calling Goldman Sachs to tell them they’ll have a new CEO in a few years, I should probably qualify that statement. I wasn’t invited to Princeton the University. I was invited to Princeton the Children’s Book Festival.

Which, of course, is even better!

Here are the details:

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 

I’ll be hanging out in the Purple Tent, signing copies of DWEEB and The Only Ones. We can chat about The Riverman Trilogy, maybe talk some sports or movies, and perhaps solve some of the world’s problems. Hope to see you there!

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14. Camden Library Book Festival

Camden Public Library, Maine must be right up there in the list of prettiest locations for a library. And last week I was lucky enough to be part of the line up of authors and illustrators for the 7th Annual Children's Book Festival .... it was a fun day, and I think the pics say it all! I love doing Book Festivals!



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15. The Yin and Yang of Love

I have been busy writing my book, so much so that I haven’t had a chance to post a blog. Until today. My book is not a sequel to my memoir, Becoming Alice. Rather it is what now is called creative nonfiction. I won’t belabor the point by going into a lengthy definition of that category, but instead I’ll tell you it is about a young woman who basically wants to get married. What woman doesn’t?

In the process of dating and the man and woman in my story have a lot of yin and yang between them. I thought you might like to know what that means. I went to my dictionary and here it is: “Yin and Yang (Chinese philosophy) are two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (Yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (Yang), whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.”

I object! I have never heard yin-yang used in such a way. I have always thought of it as two forces that pull in different directions, perhaps like the positive and negative in electicity or the currect Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I just had to get that one in there. I personally used it in the back and forth dance couples often do when they first get to know one another. Or, what married couples often do for the rest of their lives.

Being a woman I STRONGLY OBJECT to the negative force being identified as feminine. And who says the positive force is always masculine.

I’ve got to do something to protest. I can throw my dictionaly away. Obviously it is way out of date. Or, I could give up on Chinese philosophy on which I have often relied. My favorite sayings are “He who hesitates is lost.” and “Patience is a virtue.” Perhaps it was Confucious who said that.

In any case I am right about people not always seeing things the same way. That is just part of the human condition, call it yin and yang or whatever you like.

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16. Another Dimention in Becoming Alice

Just as I was thinking that Becoming Alice was slowly making its way into oblivion, I received an email from an unknown sender. I am always hesitant to open emails from parties that I don’t know. I learned that early on when many of them were strictly advertisements and come-ons for products I had no interest in. Others were sexual. Give me a break! So, naturally I either delete those emails or report them as scam. Even then I don’t think AOL does anything to keep them from coming.

Back to the latest email I received from an unknown sender. I don’t know why but for some reason I opened it and it was adressed to me by name. It was from a woman who bought Becoming Alice from me at the Los Aangeles Times Book Festival a couple of years ago. She wondered if I remembered her. She was the lady who had with her a handicapped son in a wheelchair. Of course, I did not remember her. I talked to a zillion people that day. She stated that the reason she emailed me was that she was moved by my account of the old butcher in my story who was forced to sell his store to my parents in order to stay home and help his wife care for their mentally retarded son.

She wanted to know more about why he made that decision and not any other kind, such as institutionalization. She wondered what responsibility society has in caring for such handicapped people. She wondered if she should listen to what her friends were advising her to do. And she wondered how his situation finally turned out.

I could not answer that question but I was able to share with her my own experience with couples who have had to deal with this problem, each making a different decision for themselves. My husband had a severely retarded brother who was cared for by their parents until his mother was ninety-two, at which time she herself needed elder care. Another couple gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby and placed him directly from the hospital into an institution. Each of them made different decisions for themselves which they thought were right. My advice to her was to do whatever she thought was right for her.

In the end it is she who will have to be responsible for that decision, not society or her friends. Her last email to me was to thank me for my advice; she said it made her feel better about her decision to keep her son at home.

I never expected Becoming Alice to be useful to someone in this particular way, but I couldn’t have been more pleased.

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17. 2010 Rochester Children's Book Festival

 Tomorrow on Saturday, I will be at..

the Rochester Children's Book Festival, along with 40 other authors and illustrators.
We will be reading, conducting workshops, and signing autographs from:
10 am - 4 pm
All events are free!!!

Monroe Community College
Brighton Campus
1000 East Henrietta Road

I hope that you drop by!


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18. Understanding a Book Festival

I spent last Saturday at the Sonoma Book Festival in Santa Rosa, California, standing at table number 51 from nine in the morning until four o’clock in the afternoon. It was the first time I had been to that particular festival and I learned a great deal. It is information I will need should I decide to do it all again next year.

First, is is very important to know where your table will be located. I had no idea about that until I arrived. The gods must have been kind to me because I was smack in the middle of the long line of tables. I was not one of the unfortunates not at the end of the line close to the caterer’s truck on one side or the Andy Gumps on the other. Should you ever register for a festival be sure you specify your choice of location.

Secondly, do ask if the sponsers of the festival include a tablecloth and two chairs along with the wooden fold up table itself. I did not. Luckily, they did provide two chairs so that I didn’t need to stand all day long. But no cloths. Again the gods must have been looking out for me because as an afterthought, I grabbed a comforter off my couch and threw it into my car, not even thinking about how I might need it. It was the only thing I had to use as a substitute tablecloth. It didn’t fit at all but it was better than nothing. I placed it over as much of the wood table as possible and placed my copies of Becoming Alice on its fringes so as to cover the line between cloth and bare wood. I hoped my visitors wouldn’t notice.

Lastly and most important of all, ask for a table in the shade! This festival in Santa Rosa took place when the temperature was about ninety degress. The sponsors were wise enough to provide an overhead cover for the exhibitors and their tables, but not for the walkway between the two rows of exhibitors. Visitors needed to walk in the open, with only a narrow part of the walkway in shade. Again I was in luck. The sun was located behind my table in such a fashion that my visitors were comfortable in the shade the entire day.

My sympathy went out to my neighbors across the walkway who had, all day long, the space in front if their set-up in full sun. Their space itself happened to be magnificent: a square space which looked like a living room, covered by a campers tent. Inside was a couch, end table and lamp, area rug, and bar displaying at least a dozen books by numerous authors. A handful of visitors stopped in the cool hours of the morning but the large number of choices on the bar confused them. That issue plus the blazing sun made it a very long day for them. They, like me, will have learned a lot from this particukar festival.

As for me, with a table covered only half way by a comforter with fringes and the display of only one book, I am happy to say Becoming Alice did very well for herself.

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19. Book Festivals

Lifted wholesale from PW today is a list of upcoming book festivals

Fall 2006 Book Festivals

Publishers of all sizes will be busy this fall sending their authors and editors to partake of the fall book festivals celebrating books, authors, families and reading. Our annual list, which covers September through November, is jam-packed with 39, which includes the brand-new Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Contact information for publishers wishing to participate is provided below; check festival Web sites for complete author lists and more details on participants, activities and educational programs.

Atlanta, Ga., September 1-3

First year. Authors: One hundred authors, including Robert Olen Butler, Pearl Cleage, Michael Connelly, Brian Corrigan, Nathalie Dupree, John T. Edge, Connie May Fowler, David Fulmer, Alan Gratz, Edward P. Jones, Danny Schnitzlein, Karin Slaughter. Activities: Keynote address by Arianna Huffington; opening day Children's Parade led by the Cat in the Hat; poetry slams for adults and children; programming at ten different stages includes The Cook's Warehouse featuring cooking demonstrations by culinary celebrities; Antiquarian Book Fair; children's stage.

San Luis Obispo, Calif., September 9
(805) 546-1392
email: info@ccbookfestival.org

Seventh year. Authors: Cecil Castellucci, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Carolyn Marsden & Virginia Loh, Robert Scheer, Mark London Williams. Activities: readings, workshops and lectures; kids' storytime and crafts; book sales and signings; non-competitive essay writing challenge for adults and children.

Aurora, Ill., September 16-17
) 844-3640

Fourth year. Authors: More than 50, including Tasha Alexander, Raymond Benson, Max Allan Collins, J.A. Konrath, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, James Rollins. Activities: book signings; panel discussions; a how-to tent; children's area.

Abilene, Tex., September 19-23
(605) 688-6113
email: sdsu.sdhc@sdstate.edu

Fourth year. Authors: Jennifer Armstrong, Jessica Barksdale Inclán, J.A. Jance, Ted Kooser, Kent Nerburn, Marilynne Robinson, Juan Williams. Activities: Reception honoring Pulitzer winners Marilynne Robinson and Ted Kooser; panel discussions with authors; silent auctions; talks on history, poetry, fiction and tribal writing.

Fairfax, Va., September 27-October 5
(703) 993-3986
email: fftb@gmu.edu

Eighth year. Authors: Chimamanda Adichie, Dave Eggers, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Francine Prose, Deborah Tannen, Roger Wilkins. Activities: Presentation of the new Fall for the Book Prize to Dave Eggers; a Poetry Café; staged readings.

Missoula, Mont., September 28-30
email: kim.anderson@umontana.edu

Seventh year. Authors: Mary Clearman Blew, James Lee Burke, Ivan Doig, David James Duncan, Gary Ferguson, Greg Keeler, William Kittredge, David Long, David Quammen, Annick Smith, Richard Wheeler. Activities: Celebrating the annual One Book Montana selection, Ivan Doig's This House of Sky; symposium on Montana poetry, featuring Montana's first Poet Laureate, Sandra Alcosser; readings and presentations from the Environmental Writing Institute; Montana Book Awards banquet; live performance and airing of Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Expected attendance: More than 5,000.

Baltimore, Md., September 29-October 1

Eleventh year. Authors: More than 225, including Taylor Branch, Kevin Clash, J. California Cooper, Hill Harper, Sebastian Junger, Cooper Lawrence, Joseph C. Phillips. Activities: poetry readings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music; new activities at the Literary Salon, Food for Thought Stage, Karibu Stage, Creative Café, Children's Bookstore Stage, CityLit Stage and the Baltimore Theatre Alliance Readers' Theatre Tent.

Washington, D.C., September 30
(888) 714-4696
email: bookfest@loc.gov

Sixth year. Authors: More than 70, including Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin, Taylor Branch, Andrew Clements, Michael Connelly, Joan Didion, John Hope Franklin, Dana Gioia, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Donald Hall, Khaled Hosseini, Elmer Kelton, Stephenie Meyer, Richard Peck, Louis Sachar, Lisa Scottoline, Alexander McCall Smith, Spider Robinson. Activities: Themed pavilions (fiction & fantasy, mysteries & thrillers, teens & children, poetry, etc.); storybook and television characters. Expected attendance: 85,000.

Costa Mesa, Calif., September 30
email: michelle@kidsbookfestival.com

Third year. Authors: TBA. Activities: Multiple stages for author and illustrator presentations; entertainment; panel discussions; face painting; clowns; musicians; readings; drawings.

Santa Barbara, Calif., September 30
email: marcia@sbchamber.org

Eighth year. Authors: Robert Crais, Ann Louise Bardach, Philip F. Deaver, Shirley Lim, Helena Maria Viramontes. Activities: The 2006 Ross Macdonald Award presented to Robert Crais; the Fourth Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature presented to Helena Maria Viramontes; the first Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Fellowship presented to Jane Hirshfield; Santa Barbara Reads! annual community reading selection My California: Journeys by Great Writers; panels on media, mystery, writing in multiple genres, and multicultural stories. Expected attendance: 5,000.


Collingswood, N.J., October 2-7

email: jean@collingswoodbookfestival.com

Fourth annual. Authors: Lloyd Allen, Robert Amoroso, Sam Carchidi, DyAnne DiSalvo, Melissa Jacobs, Ellen Meister, Camille Paglia, Josh Piven, Lorraine Ranalli, Jordan Sonnenblick, Gordon T. Ward. Activities: Discussion of Old School by Tobias Wolff, selected as the Collingswood Town Book; book appraisals; new and used book sales; book-related merchandise; entertainment.

Amelia Island, Fla., October 5-8

(904) 491-8176

Sixth year. Authors: More than 35, including Bill Belleville, Steve Berry, Susan Cerulean, Sheila Curran, Donna Woolfolk Cross, Tim Dorsey, Cassandra King, Pamela Mueller. Activities: Gala featuring Cassandra King; writer workshops and panels; Readers' Day, with author talks, readings, and signings; Lunch with Authors; a Children's Chapter Tent.

Lincoln, Ne., October 6-7

(402) 465-2349
email: mdumanis@anebrwesleyan.edu
Fifteenth year. Authors: Garry Alkire, Meghan Daum, Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes, Sean Doolittle, Charles Fort, Richard Graham, Mary Jackson, Eric Konigsberg, Robert McEwen, Timothy Schaffert, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Teresa Svoboda, Liza Ward. Activities: Writing workshops for high school students; talks on the graphic novel and comics; creative storytelling activities for children; one free book to every child who attends; exhibits; book sales; music.

New York, N.Y., October 6-8

Seventh year. Authors: TBA. Activities: TBA.

San Francisco, Calif. October 6-14

Fifth year. Authors: Over 300, including Andrew Sean Greer, Daniel Handler, Frank Portman, K.M. Soehnlein, Amy Tan, Michelle Tea. Activities: Opening night with Bay Area musicians reading from literature that either inspired them or made its way into their work; Stephen Elliot's Progressive Reading Series; a Word for Word dramatic reading of an Andrew Sean Greer short story; closing night Lit Crawl through more than 30 venues. Expected attendance: more than 10,000.

Charlotte, N.C., October 9-November 8

(704) 336-2725

Sixteenth year. Authors: Mitch Albom, David Baldacci, Augusten Burroughs, Gene Cheek, Pearl Cleage, Bryan Collier, Mark Ethridge, Russell Greenfield, MD, Gail Carson Levine, Doug Marlette, Sonia Nazario, Jane & Michael Stern, Dr. Andrew Weil, Amy Tan. Activities: Book Brunch; a Press Night; "Evenings With" Amy Tan, Andrew Weil, Jane & Michael Stern, Sonia Nazario, Doug Marlette, Tommy Hays, Margaret Maron, Augusten Burroughs, Pearl Cleage, Mark de Castrique; WordPlay Saturday.

Nashville, Tenn., October 13-15

(615) 770-0006
email: paul@humanitiestennessee.org

Eighteenth year. Authors: More than 200, including: Edward P. Jones, Garrison Keillor, Gail Carson Levine,Laura Lippman, Barry Lopez, David Maraniss, Laura Numeroff, Lee Smith, Paul Zelinsky. Activities: Events on the Café Stage, the Poetry and Drama Stage and the Children's Stage.

Minneapolis, Minn., October 14

email: info@raintaxi.com

Sixth year. Authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mark Z. Danielewski, Shannon Hale, Linda Medley, Julie Powell, Mary Roach, Bapsi Sidwa, John Yau. Activities: Author readings and talks; book arts demonstrations by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; annual used book sale and literary magazine fair.

Los Angeles, Calif., October 14-15; Chicago, Ill., November 11--12

(713) 236-1036

Tenth year in L.A., eighth in Chicago. Authors: TBA. Activities: Author readings and signings in themed "villages" which include music, dancing and capoeira performances.

New York, N.Y., October 15

email: greatread@nytimes.com

Second year. Authors: More than 120, including James Ellroy, Sara Gruen, Oscar Hijeulos, Susan Isaacs, Eleanor Lipman, Malika Oufkir, Adriana Trigiani. Activities: panel discussions moderated by Times journalists; The Great Read in the Park Brunch; The Great Read in the Park Tea; The Gently Used, Greatly Loved Book Sale; on-site bookstore; children's area with costumed characters, readings and live entertainment.
Los Angeles, Calif., October 17

(323) 848-6400

Fifth year. Authors: Tommy Chong, Jackie Collins, Katherine Forrest, Denise Hamilton, Hill Harper, Mike Mignola. Activities: TBA. Expected attendance: more than 25,000.

Madison, Wis., October 18-22

(608) 262-0706
email: alison@wisconsinbookfestival.org

Fifth year. Authors: Michael Chabon, Jane Hamilton, Ted Kooser, Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, Marjane Satrapi, Chris Ware. Activities: More than 100 readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews, and children's events.

Charleston, W. Va., October 21-22

(304) 343-4646
email: pam.may@kanawha.lib.wv.us

Sixth year. Authors: Jennifer Chaiverini, Cornelius Eady, Wil Haygood, George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, James P. Moore, Nancy Pearl, Jennifer Walls. Activities: Meet the author events, workshops and panel discussions; Festival Marketplace; children's area; used book sale.
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26-28

(801) 359-9670
email: batt@utahhumanities.org

Ninth year. Authors: Mary Amato, Richard L. Bushman, Chris Crowe, George Bilgere, Ken Jennings, The Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, Janet Tashjian, Luis Alberto Urrea, Laurence Yep, Dave Sim and Gerhard. Activities: Slam poetry workshop and performance; writing and media presentations; singing by the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation; workshops and activities for the whole family.
Austin, Tex., October 27-29

(512) 477-4055

Eleventh year. Authors: Thomas Cahill, Maureen Dowd, John Grogan, Maria Dahvana Headley, Roger and

Sally Horchow, Neil MacFarquhar, Frank McCourt, Jay McInerney, Maria Elena Salinas, Amy Sedaris, Tavis Smiley, Helen Thomas, Gore Vidal. Activities: 2006 Bookend Award given to Louis Sachar; Spanish language programming; Bon Appetit, Y'all; Authors Cocktail Party with Ken Burns; Author's Party; First Edition Literary Gala; TBF On the Road; children's live entertainment, costumed characters.

Baton Rouge, La., October 28

(225) 219-9503
email: rwilson@state.lib.la.us

Fifth year. Authors: More than 80, including Roy Blount, Jr., Richard Campanella, Andrei Codrescu, Lynn Emery, Patty Friedmann, David Fulmer, Ellen Gilchrist. Activities: Pre-festival Writing Wordshops and Authors' Party; free book appraisals; book signing sessions; Young Readers' Pavilion; Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Ceremonies honoring Sharon Arms Doucet.
New Orleans, La., October 28

(318) 446-6774
email: nolabookfair@gmail.com

Fifth year. Authors: Kyle Bravo, CrimethInc, Hope D'Amico, Abram Himelstein, Sarah Inman. Activities: Author readings on a school bus and in a space walk; Dunk the Author dunking booth; Squat after-party at a secret location.
St. Petersburg, Fla., October 28

(800) 333-7505, ext. 2358

Fourteenth year. Authors: Jonathan Alter, Gail Langer Karwoski, Bob Morris, Charles J. Shields, Meg Tilly, Doug Wilhelm, Mark Yost. Activities: A Novel Night author reception; guest lectures, panel discussions, writer's workshops, book signings; a Book Market; Children's Story Land; Big Top Story Tent; Kids Create Tent.


Macon, Ga., November 3-4

(478) 743-3851
email: kbrown@historicmacon.org

Seventh year. Authors: More than 50 contemporary writers with Macon connections, including Judson Mitcham and Tina McElroy Ansa. Activities: At various venues, for children, young people, college students and adults; readings; book signings; panel discussions; writing workshops; a book fair by Barnes & Noble; storytelling.
Las Vegas, Nev. November 3-4

email: info@vegasvalleybookfest.org

Fifth year. Authors: More than 30, including Dave Hickey, Ben Katchor, Dan Kennedy, Chuck Klosterman, Peter Lefcourt, Chuck Palahniuk. Activities: Readings; book discussions; workshops; spoken word performances; a literature-themed First Friday; finale keynote address by Palahniuk.
Wooster, Ohio, November 4

(330) 262-3244
email: bbfmgr@woosterbook.com

Nineteenth year. Authors: Andrea Cheng, Chip Bok, Tony Cochran, Dandi Mackall, Michael Ruhlman, Helen Thomas. Activities: Over 100 Ohio authors, illustrators, and photographers signing books and meeting their readers.
Dover, Del., November 4

(302) 739-4748, ext. 113

First year. (Formerly known for ten years as Delaware Book Fair and Authors Day.) Authors: Lisa Carey, Sebastian Junger, Phillip Margolin, Donna Jo Napoli, George Vecsey, Lara Zeises. Activities: workshops on poetry, blogs, and getting published; storybook characters; book repair and appraisal workshops.

Washington, D.C., November 4

(202) 467-4600

Tenth year. Authors: TBA. Activities: Meet and greet authors; readings; book signings; book sale; storytelling; dance workshops.

Rochester, N.Y., November 4

(585) 671-0441
email: cjohmann@rochester.rr.com

Tenth year. Authors: Forty authors and illustrators, including Susan Williams Beckhorn, Kathleen Blasi, Fred Bortz, Judy Bradbury, Linda Sue Park, Robin Pulver, Vivian Vande Velde. Activities: Readings; storytelling by the Blackstorytelling League of Rochester; crafts, word games & other activities for kids & families; Just for Teens afternoon program; writing & illustrating presentations for all ages.
Sarasota, Fla., November 4

(941) 906-1733

Ninth year. Authors: TBA. Activities: Panel discussions; book signings; children's events; storytellers; booksellers; free giveaway books for kids. Last year's attendance: 22,000.

Frankfort, Ky., November 11

(502) 564-8300, ext. 297

Twenty-fifth year. Authors: Wendell Berry, Gene Burch, Deborah Ford, Robert Hicks, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ann B. Ross, James Alexander Thom. Activities: A retrospective 25th-anniversary slide show; a luncheon with nationally known authors; a full day of free symposiums, including a Lewis and Clark presentation with re-enactors and a Daniel Boone symposium. Expected attendance: More than 4,000.

Storrs, Conn., November 11-12

(860) 486-1307
email: staubach@uconnvm.uconn.edu

Fifteenth year. Authors: Michael Buckley, Mordicai Gerstein, Tonya Golden, Salley Mavor, Wendell and Florence Minor, Robert Andrew Parker, Heidi Stemple, Eric Velazquez, Walter Wick, Hans Wilhelm, Jane Yolen. Activities: Storytelling; crafts; costumed characters Clifford the Big Red Dog, Brother & Sister Berenstain, Strega Nona, Tacky the Penguin, Wild Thing, Winnie the Pooh; special 15th anniversary treats and events.
Miami, Fla., November 12-19

(305) 237-3258
email: wbookfair@mdc.edu

Twenty-third year. Authors: Isabel Allende, John Berendt, Robert Olen Butler, Thomas Cahill, Da Chen, Nora Ephron, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Hamilton, Carl Hiaasen, Uzodinma Iweala, Edward P. Jones, Erik Larson, Frank McCourt. Activities: Antiquarian Annex; Children's Alley; International Village showcasing various cultures; Ibero-American Author program featuring authors from Latin America and Spain.

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20. I'm back! And I am thrilled to invite everyone in...

I'm back!

And I am thrilled to invite everyone in the Philadelphia area to attend the first annual Philadelphia Book Festival this weekend, rain or shine, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 11 to 7 p.m..

The Free Library of Philadelphia has gathered an astonishing array of authors for the weekend.

You got your highbrow (Gary Shteyngart!) Your popular (Mary Higgins Clark!) Your locals (John Grogan! Mark Bowden! Karen Quinones Miller!) Your serious ladies of letters! (Francine Prose, who scares me!) Your groundbreaking African-American authors (Terry McMillan!) Your YA superstars! (Donna Jo Napoli, R.L. Stine!) Your hot young author everybody's talking about (Mohsin Hamid, who was in a creative writing class with me in college, although I'll bet he doesn't remember, and if he does, will probably totally deny it!)

You can find the entire lineup here, but trust me, there's something for everyone, including Curious George for the kids, at noon on Sunday.

I was lucky enough to be asked to moderate a panel on women and memoir featuring Elizabeth Gilbert (EAT, PRAY, LOVE), Darcy Steinke (EASTER EVERYWHERE) and Julie Powell (JULIE & JULIA: 365 DAYS, 524 RECIPES, 1 TINY APARTMENT KITCHEN). I've enjoyed all the books. They made me regretful, envious and hungry (sometimes, all three at once!), and it should be a great event. Check it out at 2 p.m. Sunday on the main stage.

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21. Phooey, Huey!

My heart was broken over the weekend. Oh, I know I SAID I was going to Savannah for the Children's Book Festival but I was REALLY going for cafe au lait and beignets at Hueys. So, after a semi-successful day at the festival, we rush to the riverwalk and spot the welcoming "Huey's" sign among all the other restaurants, bars, candy shops, gift shops. We decide to explore later. Coffee, like we haven't had since leaving Louisiana, beckoned.

Deciding to eat dinner before dessert (like our mothers taught us), my husband ordered a shimp Po' Boy and red beans and rice, and I ordered catfish, red beans and rice and sweet potato bread (yummy!) "Sorry. We're out of sweet potato bread," the waiter announced. Okay. I'm disappointed, but I'll live, although I still remembered how good that bread was from our trip last year. But, beignets and cafe au lait await, so just get over it, Mary!

Dinner was good. Not great, but good. Now...for dessert and coffee! "Would you care for dessert?" our waiter asked.

"Yup," my husband answered. No, he's not from Texas, and I don't know why he decided to channel a cowboy at that moment, but he went on, "we'd like an order of beignets and two cups of cafe au lait."

"The beignets I can do," the waiter said ominously, "but our coffee machine is broken, so we have no..."

I'm sure he went on to say they had 'no cafe au lait,' but my life flashed before my eyes and I got very lightheaded. The last thing I heard, before my husband helped me out of the restaurant was, "then forget the beignets!"

It's Monday, and I've recovered...almost.

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22. The GOOD about Savannah!

As you know, last weekend I attended the Savannah Children's Book Festival put on by the Live Oak Public Library, along with several corporate sponsors. What makes this event so special is that participating authors don't pay a cent! Well, other than transportation and lodging. Since it's a 4 1/2 hour drive for us, my husband and I usually arrive on Friday and leave Sunday morning.

The library also sponsors a crab boil on Friday night for all the authors and spouses or friends. Shrimp, sausage, potatoes, chicken (okay, so I'm not sure how chicken fits into a crab boil, or the fact that I didn't see crab-one on the buffet table!), steamed veggies, brownies, and cheesecake are catered. I spent part of the evening looking for a "fellow" author, Shannon, who was also attending the festival. No luck. My only complaint was returning to the hotel on a "brownie high!"

Saturday, the weather was perfect! A little cool in the morning, but, by 10:00AM, I shed my light jacket and was comfortable the rest of the day. I was told by one of the organizers that there were almost double the authors this year as last.

We arrived around 9:00AM for setup. Most of the tables were already taken but I managed to find an empty one. Book boxes were on the table next to me under a shared umbrella, but no author in site, so I began setting up my "goodies" hoping the person next to me would be nice and friendly.

I was just getting ready to set out my books when my "neighbor" walked up and introduced herself. "Hi. I'm Shannon Greenland." I'm sure she was shocked when I gave her a big hug before she realized the unlikely scenario. Strange...out of 48 authors, fellow Quake authors would end up side-by-side. It made the day even more enjoyable.

The only downer was the absence of the third "Cynthia's Attic" book, "Curse of the Bayou." Because of a problem with the printer, they didn't arrive in time for the festival. Since the festival had advertised I'd be signing all three books, several young readers were disappointed. One father/daughter sticks in my mind. They had come specifically to buy "Curse." I could see the disappointment on her face when she turned away. In spite of that, her dad gave me the ultimate compliment. "She not only loves your books," he said, "she loves the way you write."

Can a writer hear anything better than that?

Discover the Magic in Cynthia's Attic!

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23. 14th Annual Border Book Festival

An exciting multicultural literature event takes place this weekend in Mesilla, New Mexico – the 14th Annual Border Book Festival . Started in 1995 by a group of writers, artists and community people committed to celebrating literature and the art of storytelling in the southern United States-Northern Mexico border region, the Border Book Festival began as a one day book fair and has since turned into a major literary festival, and resulted in the foundation of The Cultural Center de Mesilla.

Here are a few words from the festival director, Denise Chavez:

“We believe that literature and the arts can bridge the many boundaries –– racial, ethnic, generational, cultural, socio-economic, and gender-based –– that divide our community. Ours is a grassroots organization that impacts its community by offering programs that are blueprints of positive communication, interaction and connection between people in our borderland region.”

In conjunction with the yearlong events held at the Cultural Center de Mesilla, the Border Book Festival now brings the best of international literature, literacy and storytelling (with a focus on Mexican and Latin American writers) to audiences in the borderland region, including cities and towns in West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico.

From April 18-20 the historic Mesilla, New Mexico town plaza and surrounding sites will become the focal point of the festival, brimming with events for children and their families. The theme this year is “Return.” “A return to community, a return to family and the things that made us start the festival and the things we love about living here,” says Chavez. ” We want to bring the best of the world to where we are and take our energy out to the rest of the world. With this year’s theme we have invited extraordinary writers and artists who tell and sing the story of our world.” Participating writers and artists such as Cristina García, Quincy Troupe, Perla Batalla, Amy Costales, Xavier Garza, Alex Espinosa, Adalucía Quan and more will offer panels, workshops and readings throughout the festival and will take part in school outreach visits in the days leading up to the festival.

Special themed-tents will be set up in the plaza and offer free events for all. In the “Tent of Wonders”, for instance, children’s authors and storytellers Amy Costales, Adalucía Quan and Sudeshna Sengupta (festival poster and bookmark artist) will be telling all kinds of stories, from places far and near.

The “Lucha” tent, a bona fide wrestling ring, will feature “Lucha for Literacy,” where the audience will be able to see famous
Mexican wrestlers and listen to readings by author Xavier Garza,  Griselda “La RaNa” Muñoz, recognized slam poet and Osvaldo Ogaz, a  Mexican lucha poet.

“Libros y Más,” the festival trade show (one of New Mexico’s longest running book trade shows and one of very few in the larger region) will offer great selection of books and other literary goodies, but the festival organizers also thought of a little something anyone can take home for free: beautiful bookmarks with quotes from each artist. “These bookmarks will give beauty in a tangible way, and with corazón,” says Chavez. Indeed an idea (and a festival) full of heart.

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24. Nashville Skyline…

I’m back from Nashville, where I was honored to do 2 fun panels at the Southern Festival of Books!

Highlights of the festival included hanging with my 2k8 friends Kristin Tubb and Jenny Meyerhoff, reconnecting with old chum Bret Johnston, and meeting my new favorite people Alan and Wendi Gratz!

I did NOT shmooze with  nervewrackingly famous writer types, harmonize with Dolly Parton, of make it to Hatch.

I DID delight in Irish whiskey and dirty limericks in the hotel bar, sleep 9 consecutive hours, and get a blister.

All in all, a really  good time!

My only real complaint about the festival had to do with book sales. For some reason, my picture book did not get stocked besides the picture books of the other authors on the panel. And while it *did* seem odd that the people lined up at the “signing collonade” all had all the OTHER books, and not mine…. I’m a newbie, so I just figured they didn’t want my book because they’d never heard of me.

But THEN the second to last person (who had a copy of my book!) explained to me that my book had been in another part of the book sale area, and that it had been COVERED UP by some other shmuck’s book!!!  So then the very last person was all, “Oh!  I was sad I couldn’t find it!” and  ran off to get one too.

And I signed it and realized that in all likelihood, all the OTHER people just hadn’t seen Slidy Diner. And might have bought it if they had.

Grr. Live and learn.  Next time I will be sure my book is in the right place.

If you want something done right…

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25. Sonoma County Book Festival, September 25th in Santa Rosa, California

I’ll be signing Becoming Alice on September 25th at the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, California, 10 AM-4 PM. Book festivals and wine tastings make a great combination.

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