I was impressed and amazed March 14 and 15 at the University of Arizona attending the 7th annual Tucson Festival of Books. One little author among over 350 others of all sizes and crowds estimated at well over 100,000. What an incredible amount of planning an organization to pull that off without a hiccup, from my perspective.
Except for this: Sunday morning, about 10 AM, it was quite windy and a food court umbrella, fully opened, flew over our tent and landed in our aisle, an edge brushing my arm. Luckily no one was injured. The pole of the umbrella is of considerable size. By the time we figured out where it had come from, the staff had removed all of the others. That’s an example of how efficient the staff and volunteers performed.
While walking around I met a few folks I knew previously only through online activities. Chatting about my books and other books with hundreds of readers was great fun.
So many people in one place. All for books. Fabulous!
It was also a lot of fun working with those that were part of our group, authors from BookGoodies and Awesomegang. It was a pleasure to stand beside other authors representing many genres, like Shawn Inmon, Lynne Cantwell, Katie Darden, Terry Ambrose, Eva Vanrell, Sandra Russell Farris, Angella Graff, Jaclyn Weist, Deborah Carney, Vinny OHare, M L Ryan, Linda Kovic-Skow, Shelly Young, Eugene Carr, Karen Meuller Bryson, Andean White, David Van Dyke, and Peter Pollak.
And the pre-fest dinner was fun.
Many thanks to Deborah Carney (BookGoodies.com) and Vinny OHare (Awesomegang.com) for their toils this weekend and support over the years.
The festival was much like other book affairs I have attended, but magnified at least a thousand times. Many people, many books, a lot of food, music, and Arizona spring weather is a great combination.
See you next time, March 12 and 13, 2016 in Tucson.