Here at the Berryville Library we’re looking forward to the 11th annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival on May 15th. You’ll get to mingle with famous authors and fellow book lovers. To prepare for Books in Bloom, we’ll be running teasers about the authors who will be giving talks. We also have works by all of this year’s Books in Bloom authors on display at the library. Read them now–meet them on the 15th!
Ever wanted to get behind the scenes of a book . . . or perhaps more like inside the mind of its author as they were writing it? How did they come up with that idea? What motivated them to keep writing that story? From the posted schedule, it looks like you’ll have your chance at this year’s Books in Blooms!
Sanderia Faye is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. She will be talking about her recently released debut novel, Mourner’s Bench, and her goal of writing a work that readers can actually “see.” You’ll get to see how successful you think she was!
Leo Mazow is an art history professor at the University of Arkansas. His latest book is all about Thomas Hart Benton’s paintings of musicians and the folk songs that inspired them. He’ll be sharing songs as well as thoughts!
Mary Nida Smith*
Freelance writer Mary Nida Smith has written a couple of different books focused on military submarines–the latest on 20th century submarine stories in general. Hear her share tales of what life really is like living beneath the waves!
*This book also available as an ebook on Libby.
Amy Stewart initially gained fame as a writer for her nonfiction about the deadlier side of the natural world, but in her latest book she turns her attention to historical fiction. Girl Waits With Gun is based on the true story of the Kopp Sisters in 1914 New Jersey. I almost wrote a synopsis, but I hate to spoil the book. If you want more details, you can read about them here. In any event, Stewart will be present to discuss the real-life Kopp sisters, and she’s bringing anecdotes and old photographs!
**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
If you want to learn more about Books in Bloom–including finding a schedule of events–be sure to visit their website. Don’t forget, you can find more information on these books and their availability through the library on our online catalog.
Which of these books have you read? Which of these talks do you want to attend? Tell us all about it in the comments!