Before I started in on my post, I wanted to share some news. Winning Ruby Heart won the 2015 RT Magazine Reviewer's Pick for Superromance! The fact that there are 4 Supers that are RITA finalists shows just how awesome Superromance is and I'm so pleased RT Magazine recognized Ruby Heart. Thank you, everyone, who has read Ruby Heart and recommended it to your friends.
Now, onto the rest of the post. . .
I've mentioned before that Durham, North Carolina is awesome and that I love my job at the library. There are times when being an author and being a librarian come together and I get to do something amazing. Read Local is one of those times.
Read Local is the brainchild of Elizabeth Turnbull of LightMessages Publishing. Durham, like many areas of the country, is experiencing a "support local" movement. People are eating a locally owned restaurants, shopping at the farmers market, and buying their books at local bookshops. Elizabeth's idea was to have a festival supporting the local literary arts and to have the festival be a benefit for the library.
This, folks, is a packed weekend! Seriously, check out the schedule. Even if you don't live in Durham (and most of you don't), you'll be amazed at the kind of events a group can put together. There are several "dine with authors" events, including one I'll be at. There are panels on writing about sex, writing about music, writing about home, writing for social change, and writing for young readers. We have a stage where people will be reading passages from local author's books. And there's a "writers in the ring" event where writers will (gasp!) be given a prompt and WRITE A PASSAGE LIVE ON THE STAGE.
I'm so incredibly proud of this event. I've been involved since the beginning and it's gone beyond anything I ever imagined.
If you live in or near North Carolina (or know people who do), forward this information to them. Maybe they can come! The more the merrier.
If you don't live in my area, I want to know:
Do you have a literary festival in your area? What's it like?