A note from author Cheryl Potter:
The “Tucson Book Festival” is like going to “Maryland Sheep and Wool” or “Rhinebeck”, but for writers! It takes place just two days, a Saturday and Sunday each March. My book signing was Saturday, so we got to the Festival early to do some sightseeing first.
We walked around about half of the show which was divided into all sorts of booths carrying all kinds of books, reading and writing accessories, maps, magazines, graphic art; the list is endless.
There were all sorts of lectures too. We went to one by RL Stine of Goosebumps fame and another mystery writer panel featured Richard Lange, Buzz Poverman and Spencer Quinn of Chet and Bernie fame. Buzz Poverman was once a professor of mine, so that was a special treat.
Lots of the booths were genre based: Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Poetry, History, Sci-Fi. We tried to visit them all, but it was impossible as the festival was so large.
There were also booths featuring small presses, university presses and indie presses as well as; editors, layout and design people. It was hard for me, but all I bought were 4 books and a few small trinkets.
My own book signing was in the children’s pavilion which was completely packed. It was so exciting I could have stayed there all day, but they only gave me 2 hours, since I was such a newbie.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by see us. I hope to be invited back next year!