The BookFest in Edmond was alot of fun on Saturday. The organizers did a really good job with the setup, and the presentations. It is just a real shame that the public will not come and support these efforts by local citizens and authors. There was some public attendance but nothing like what I’m sure they hoped for and planned for.
Most of the time, I was sitting at our assigned tables for the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries but I did manage to get away long enough to see Greg Rodgers, author of The Ghost of Mingo Creek and other Spooky Oklahoma Legends, do a marvelous storytelling presentation.
I talked to authors Vicki McDonough and Margaret Daley, who are always gracious and willing to share information about their new books. Jordan Dane and Merline Lovelace sold books and participated in author panels. Ed Murray was there. There were over 60 authors signed up to participate ….where is the public?
Should these book festivals/authors go to sporting events and put up a tent with tables? Should they try to append to the Metropolitan Library System booksale, where hundreds of book readers show up? What do you think happens that authors and books get short shrift in our state? Some states are able to support hugh turnout for book festivals. In Oklahoma, we’ll turn out for a politician who writes a book (probably by a ghost writer), or one actress/celebrity that writes a tell all, but we won’t support our own struggling authors, who support this state by their efforts.
Let me know what you think.