Went to the Red Dirt Book Festival in Shawnee this past weekend. I had to work the Oklahoma Dept of Libraries table for most of Friday and missed the panels and seminars. But the book sale table had lots of new author books and new releases by other Oklahoma authors, found many new titles to order for work and also carried away quite a few for myself.
Billie Letts graciously signed books so I have one Christmas present taken care of. She also did a talk on Saturday and all my work chores were done so I got to see her as well as attend book talks by three librarians. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed the booktalks. Judy Day and Jenny Stenis, Pioneer Library System and Lisa Wood, Metropolitan Library System did two “Reading Red Dirt” booktalks. They were very inspirational to me in recognizing the power of reviews (booktalks) to get people to read and experience new titles.
I’m so glad I attended this book festival, I wish more people would come out and see what this kind of event is all about. The Pioneer Library System does an excellent job in acquainting us with the literary community in Oklahoma. They combine free events, lunches, panels, seminars, booktalks and book sales to get us involved.
A BIG Thank YOU
to all the people that made this event possible.