PS - I will be doing a doodle for every child! Don't miss it.
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:
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!Add a Comment
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 Obviously it is way out of date.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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m back from Nashville, where I was honored to do 2 fun panels at the Southern Festival of Books!
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.
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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.Display Comments Add a Comment
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?
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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.
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.
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.
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
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.
CENTRAL COAST BOOK AND AUTHOR FESTIVAL
San Luis Obispo, Calif., September 9
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.
MIDWEST LITERARY FESTIVAL
Aurora, Ill., September 16-17
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.
WEST TEXAS BOOK & AUTHOR FESTIVAL
Abilene, Tex., September 19-23
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.
FALL FOR THE BOOK LITERARY FESTIVAL
Fairfax, Va., September 27-October 5
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.
MONTANA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
Missoula, Mont., September 28-30
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 BOOK FESTIVAL
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.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Washington, D.C., September 30
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.
ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL
Costa Mesa, Calif., September 30
Third year. Authors: TBA. Activities: Multiple stages for author and illustrator presentations; entertainment; panel discussions; face painting; clowns; musicians; readings; drawings.
SANTA BARBARA BOOK & AUTHOR FESTIVAL
Santa Barbara, Calif., September 30
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 BOOK FESTIVAL
Collingswood, N.J., October 2-7
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 BOOK ISLAND FESTIVAL
Amelia Island, Fla., October 5-8
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.
NEBRASKA BOOK FESTIVAL
Lincoln, Ne., October 6-7
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 YORKER FESTIVAL
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.
NOVELLO FESTIVAL OF READING
Charlotte, N.C., October 9-November 8
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.
SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Nashville, Tenn., October 13-15
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.
TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL
Minneapolis, Minn., October 14
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.
THE LATINO BOOK & FAMILY FESTIVALS
Los Angeles, Calif., October 14-15; Chicago, Ill., November 11--12
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 TIMES GREAT READ IN THE PARK
New York, N.Y., October 15
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.
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR
Los Angeles, Calif., October 17
Fifth year. Authors: Tommy Chong, Jackie Collins, Katherine Forrest, Denise Hamilton, Hill Harper, Mike Mignola. Activities: TBA. Expected attendance: more than 25,000.
WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL
Madison, Wis., October 18-22
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.
WEST VIRGINIA BOOK FESTIVAL
Charleston, W. Va., October 21-22
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.
GREAT SALT LAKE BOOK FESTIVAL
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26-28
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.
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
Austin, Tex., October 27-29
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.
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge, La., October 28
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 BOOKFAIR
New Orleans, La., October 28
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 TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING
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.
GEORGIA LITERARY FESTIVAL
Macon, Ga., November 3-4
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.
VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL
Las Vegas, Nev. November 3-4
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.
BUCKEYE BOOK FAIR
Wooster, Ohio, November 4
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.
DELAWARE BOOK FESTIVAL
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.
MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL
Washington, D.C., November 4
Tenth year. Authors: TBA. Activities: Meet and greet authors; readings; book signings; book sale; storytelling; dance workshops.
ROCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL
Rochester, N.Y., November 4
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 READING FESTIVAL
Sarasota, Fla., November 4
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.
KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR
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.
CONNECTICUT CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR
Storrs, Conn., November 11-12
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 BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL
Miami, Fla., November 12-19
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.