It has been a long time since I’ve done a book fair. It’s tempting to say, “Haven’t done one since before Covid,” but it was way before Covid. What can I say? I’m an introvert and a mom. Putting myself out there at a book fair hasn’t made it to the top of my priority list lately.
Enter 2023. Somehow, I’ve managed to commit to two book fairs, with a third one hovering at maybe.
But! Even though I’m still an introvert, and even though I’m still a mom, I am very much looking forward to this first one.
Wild Deadwood Reads is a day-long book fair in the majestic Black Hills of South Dakota. Part of the Wild Bill Days festival, the book fair is free to attend. Other special events surround the fair, including a live reading the night before and a breakfast with the authors the morning of!
I am super encouraged by the presence that Christian romance will have at this event. One of my very favorite authors, Mary Connealy, will be there. I’m a little worried that I might embarrass myself by fangirling at her. Or more likely I’ll get scared and never talk to her. She is well-known for her Christian historical romance novels, but she has also published a series of contemporary romance.
Other attending contemporary Christian romance authors include Barbara M. Britton, Jessie Gussman, Shanna Hatfield, LoRee Peery, Sharon D. Tweet, probably even more I don’t know about yet, and of course, moi. I am humbled to be in such company, but mostly, I am super encouraged by how many Christian romance authors will be joining forces to represent the genre, and more importantly, our Savior and his kingdom!
I have literally never met an author I was already a fan of. (Remember, introvert!) I have met authors and then become fans of their work, but that seems the easier, less intimidating route to take. I am excited to try to meet a few of the former at this event.
And I’m even more excited to meet readers. If you come, please find me and say hello! I plan to have good chocolate at my table. And I am always excited to meet and get to know other avid readers. I love to talk books and stories!
And of course, there is lots of other stuff to do in western South Dakota, whether its Wild Bill Days or not. So if you’re due a vacation, maybe you should make it the third weekend in June!
If you have already attended this event or an event like it, I would love to hear some tips and tricks. Like I said, I’m a little rusty. What helps to make a book fair a success for you as a reader? What do authors do at book fairs that you like? What do they do that you don’t like? And what do you wish they did? (Other than handing out chocolate. I’ve got that covered.)
Hope to see you in Deadwood and if not there, then at another event in the future. Meeting other believers is so empowering, and even more so when they are book lovers too!
Learn more about Wild Deadwood Reads here: https://wilddeadwoodreads.com/