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!
Do you like true crime? Mysteries? Suspense thrillers? If so, you’re in luck because Books in Blooms will be featuring a few authors who publish in those genres. If you’ve read the blog for any length of time, you know that I really enjoy crime fiction, and I’m really looking forward to attending some of these sessions. We might run into each other!
E. A. Allen puts his Ph.D. in European history to good use writing his Montclaire detective series, set in Belle Époque-era Paris. He’ll be at Books in Bloom talking about his historical mysteries and especially how he deals with the Sherlock Holmes comparisons that he considers “inevitable” with writing mysteries about the Edwardian time period.
Before I knew Brooks Blevins was going to be at Books in Bloom, I spotlighted his book Hill Folks, a discussion about Ozark regional stereotypes. A professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, Blevins will be talking about Ozark regional stereotypes in connection with another of his books–Ghost of the Ozarks, which focuses on a strange but true murder story in 1920s Stone County, Arkansas.
Popular crime/suspense/mystery writer Laura Lippman will also be present, but not to discuss one of her books. Instead, Lippman–who was a reporter before she became a professional author–will be discussing the issue of belief in connection with sexual assault reporting and how her attitudes toward the subject relate to her own writing.
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!