It was another great year at the Books in Bloom Literary Festival hosted by the Carroll and Madison Library System! One of my favorite things about this festival is that it takes place in Eureka Springs, AR, so it's a much less populated event than most book signings. With authors this year like Pete the Cat author and illustrator James Dean, Rizzoli & Isles author Tess Gerritsen, and NPR's Roy Blount, Jr., it's almost unbelievable how quaint and private this festival is. You can read about my experience at last year's event here.
Roy Blount, Jr. Margaret Bolsterli
Abby Burnett Robert Cochran & Suzanne McCray
I arrived just in time to hear James Dean speak about the popularity of Pete the Cat and what it's like to become a children's author/illustrator. I think my favorite part was when he was asked if he knew what made Pete so popular, and his humble response was, "I honestly have no idea why kids love Pete the Cat so much!" Meeting him and his wife, Kimberly, was the highlight of my trip. They were so down to earth and personable, I would've loved to sit with them and chat for a while!
My next victim (pun intended) was Rizzoli & Isles' Tess Gerritsen. If you've ever read these books or seen the show, you know the writing is top notch. Be sure to check out her newest title, Die Again, where Gerritsen shakes things up with our favorite polar personalities, who step out of Boston and land on exotic soil.
It was definitely another amazingly successful year at the Books in Bloom Literary Festival! I met a lot of incredible authors and snagged myself a fresh pile of signed titles to add to my summer TBR stacks.
If you are in the area during the Spring, try to make a trip out to this event. It's definitely worth it, plus you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon wandering around the romantic town of Eureka Springs!