Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King
That’s obviously a magic a lot of readers are still looking for as they came out to the Kentucky Book Fair in large numbers yesterday to find some of those magical stories. And most of them did carry a book made of paper out the door with them. I did have a few are your books on Kindle questions, but I also had a great time signing books for readers to carry away with them. Some were buying them as Christmas gifts. Sometimes for themselves. Books are great gifts to buy for yourself.
I had a great time sharing a table with fellow Anderson Countian, Jennifer Johnson. Jennifer and I are here posing for a picture, but we both have some to learn about publicity photos. 🙂 Note that neither one of us thought about making sure our hands weren’t covering up the titles of our books. I took another photo with Virginia Smith and Allie Pleiter that was posted on Facebook. They carefully held their books so that their hands weren’t covering up the titles or the cover. So live and learn. This was Jennifer’s first Kentucky Book Fair even though she’s been writing and publishing for a number of years. She enjoyed meeting readers and talking to her students and former students when they stopped by her table. She teaches seventh grade and actually has one of my granddaughters in her class this year. She was a great table companion. You can check out her books at her website.
I love Book Fair. I love meeting readers and talking to other book lovers like me. I like seeing the kids carrying around new books like they’ve been given a prize. I like how there are so many different kinds of books at the Book Fair. There were histories and mysteries. Travel books, calendars and kids’ books. Inspirational fiction like mine and Jennifer’s. Then you could take home some spooky stories by my buddies, Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie Brown, and ghost stories by storyteller and friend, Thomas Freese.
Thomas is also an artist with wood. Check out the neat pins he’s wearing. Here’s a close up of them for you. I love the mini-tombstone that reads, “I told you my feet were killing me.” Thomas is always smiling and someday I’m going to get to hear him tell those stories in person. Here’s his website link
if you want to check out more about him.
But back to the fair. Santa Claus was there and so was bestselling author, Sue Grafton. Coaches Rick Pitino and Joe B. Hall showed up to sign books. And of course there were UK books for the Big Blue fans. Dave Shuffett was there with his golden retriever. My grandkids, along with a few hundred others, got to give the sweet dog a pat. And then Woody, the dachshund writer who has a little help from his friend, Leigh Ann Florence, was signing books with his paw. I got to take a photo with Woody and it’s on my Facebook page
. I posted one of me with Santa too. I could have given him a long list from all the books I’d have liked to take home from the Fair.
So, from all appearances yesterday, it seems that books and readers are still doing fine in the state of Kentucky at the Book Fair.
“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” ~J.K. Rowling
Jan Watson was at the Fair yesterday too. Remember, you can be in a drawing to win autographed copies of her latest releases, Skip Rock Shallows and Tattler’s Branch by leaving a comment on a post here before November 27. Those are the books Jan had at the Fair yesterday and the people who carried them home are in for some good reads.