Allow me to share with you a love story of sorts.
Once upon a time in a land close by lived an Avid Reader. A happy devourer of books, Avid Reader adored the public library and the riches its shelves offered.
Not far away lived Talented Author. This author spent most days eye-glued to the computer screen, writing stories or poems or the like, and going out only to walk the dog and possibly buy groceries.
Then one day while visiting the library, Avid Reader saw an announcement for Durham’s Read Local Book Festival on May 15-17, 2015. Oh, glorious news! Avid Reader thought. Now I can celebrate my love of books with other book lovers in person! And off Avid Reader went to the festival.
Meanwhile, Talented Author also exclaimed in glee, for at the festival would be that Special Being who made every word that Talented Author committed to the page meaningful: Avid Reader. So Talented Author dressed in spiffy clothes and set out
Every day, books are being written all around us. The Triangle area is packed with authors of romance and mystery, world class cooks sharing their best recipes, brilliant historians bringing the past alive, poets making us dream, and story tellers and illustrators who lift our childrens hearts and minds. Drawn to the universities and Durhams lively cultural life, dozens of fantastic authors make our area a nursery for books.
All of this talent is gathering for Durham’s Read Local Book Festival on May 15-17. At Central Park and other downtown venues, readers can have one-on-one conversations with writers including Ally Blue, author of the horror novel “Down”; science fiction writer James Maxey, whose thoughts on writing and reading inspire people worldwide; Professor Michael De Valve who writes about the place of love in criminal justice; Jessica Scott, career Army commander and author of sexy military romances; John Claude Bemis, author of childrens books like “The Prince Who Fell From the Sky”; and Shirlette Ammons, whose books and albums bring together poetry and music.
Usually the only face writers offer to the world are their books. But during the Read Local Book Festival, readers and writers will celebrate books together. At the Buffet of Authors, readers can share delicious four-course dinners with their favorite writers at some of Durham’s best restaurants. On the author panels, writers will talk about the challenges and joys of writing about topics like sex, music, and social justice, as well as the excitement of writing for young readers.
At the festival, Avid Reader searched for and found Talented Author. Joy! They spoke of their favorite places to read in Durham, and they told each other about books they liked, books they loved, and books they couldnt live without. At the end of the weekend when all the festivities were over, they parted as friends friends with wonderful memories and much bigger To Be Read piles.
Katharine Ashe is an award-winning and best selling author of over a dozen romance novels and novellas from HarperCollins Publishers and independently, including her 2015 RITA Award nominated “My Lady, My Lord.” Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, the News & Observer, and others, and translated into many languages. Visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com