This month while looking for author booksignings I noticed that a number of authors are going to appear at book festivals around the country over the next few months. I became intrigued and starting searching for book festivals, as well as single-author signings, over the next few months. While many of the book festivals I checked out seem to mainly feature literary authors (not that there’s anything wrong with that), a few also have one or more romance authors, as well as many popular mystery authors. A quick search revealed the following festivals over the next few months:
- AJC Decatur Book Festival, August 31-September 2, Decatur, GA.
- Kerrytown BookFest, September 9, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference, September 13-15, St. Augustine, FL.
- Library of Congress National Book Festival, September 22-23, Washington, D.C.
- Sonoma County Book Festival, September 22, Santa Rosa, CA.
- Brooklyn Book Festival, September 23, Brooklyn, NY.
- Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, Baltimore, MD.
- South Dakota Festival of Books, September 28-30, Sioux Falls, SD.
- West Virginia Book Festival, October 13-14, Charleston, WV.
- Twin Cities Book Festival, October 13, St. Paul, MN.
- Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival, October 14, Mission Viejo, CA.
- Boston Book Festival, October 27, Boston, MA.
- Texas Book Festival, October 27-28, Austin, TX.
This is my first booksigning since the closing of Borders was announced. Over the past year I have consistently found more romance and mystery author events at Barnes and Nobles and independent bookstores around the country than at Borders. But in searching for events this month I’ve definitely seen a difference.
I have found numerous “event cancelled” notices on author’s Web sites. I’ve talked to two local independent book store owners about the impact of Borders’ closing on events at their stores. They both commented that they are now able to attract authors to events at their stores who would previously have only done a signing at one of the local Borders. It’s hard to say how this will all play out over the coming months. I look forward to attending signings on a regular basis, and would hate to see them decline.
I’ve found a number of romance author booksignings in the coming months. As always, I could use your help. Do you know of any authors who are coming to your home town? If so, please let us know about it. If you know of any events that we missed between now and mid-September, please post them in the comments section. If you know of any events occurring after mid-September, please send them to us at aarbooksign AT gmail.com and we’ll add them to our mid-June post.
Disclaimer: I found these signings by extensive web searches of both author and bookseller Web sites. They all appear to be free, but please contact the bookstore before you attend an event for additional information. And please let us know if you do attend a booksigning, and how you liked it. A few of the authors on the list aren’t strictly romance authors, but have either been reviewed at AAR in the past, or have appeared in AAR forum discussions.
Have you been to any booksignings lately? I was lucky enough to attend a signing by one of my favorite mystery writers, Rhys Bowen, on tour for her latest Molly Murphy mystery – Bless The Bride – set in early 1900 New York City.
I haven’t read any of the Molly series, but am a big fan of Ms. Bowen’s Lady Georgie series set in post-WWI England. I found Ms. Bowen to be as delightful and entertaining in person as she is in her books. For about the first 45 minutes she updated us on both of her series and talked about her method of writing. Then, she took questions from the audience until we completely ran out of things to ask.
I was interested to learn that she starts a book with a very vague idea, such as, “wouldn’t it be fun to send Molly to Chinatown” (the plot of her latest book). While she does extensive research up to a year before she actually begins writing a book, she doesn’t prepare an outline. She commented that for the first 50 pages of every book she’s in full panic mode, because she has no idea where the book is going to end up. Once she begins writing she makes herself write at least five pages a day.
Welcome to our new monthly feature of upcoming author book signings. I’d like to thank all of the authors who notified us of upcoming events by sending an email to aarbooksign AT gmail.com. We’re going to try and focus on events up to three months in advance, so at the bottom of this post you’ll find events from late September through late November.
If you know of any events that we missed between now and mid-October, please post them in the comments section. If you know of any events occurring after mid-October, please send them to us at aarbooksign AT gmail.com and we’ll add them to our notice in mid-October.
And as always, I’ll be interested in hearing from AAR readers about your experiences with book signings. Have you attended any book signings recently? If so, did you enjoy it? What was it like? I recently attended a multiple mystery author book signing at a local store. Only a small group of readers was present, so we actually had time to talk one-on-one with each of the authors. And the bookstore provided wonderful cupcakes and beverages for us as well – that was definitely a first for me. I ended up buying books by three, new-to-me authors, and am looking forward to diving into each of them.
But even more exciting, I’m planning on attending a book signing by one of my favorite romance authors in early November. I’ll definitely write about that event in our November update.
Disclaimer: I found these signings by extensive Web searches of both author and bookseller Web sites. They all appear to be free, but please contact the bookstore before you attend an event for additional information. And please let us know if you do attend a book signing, and how you liked it.