November 15, 2009
In the Books
The first annual Chestertown Book Festival has come and gone. By all accounts, it was a resounding success. Some highlights include a Saturday morning brunch in which we learned about making gingerbread houses from a father/son duo who had written a book on the subject. Here is a gingerbread version of Chestertown's Imperial Hotel, the building in which the brunch was taking place.
Alden expressed her keen desire to eat the gingerbread hotel. Fortunately, she was adequately restrained (if not a bit contrite).
After brunch, we headed over to Bookplate to get ready for our panel discussion. While we were getting ready to speak, we watched a letterpress demonstration.
The panel (with various people who run small presses) went well and lots of people came. Because we were busy being on the panel, we took no pictures of it. We have no good excuse for taking no pictures of the next event, an enjoyable talk by Fresh Air book reviewer Maureen Corrigan.
At 3:00 it was time for our reading. I did manage to snap this shot of Robbi regaling the crowd as they gathered.
At the appointed hour, we began. Local art patron Carla Massoni gave us a wonderful introduction, and then we read from The Baby is Disappointing, Dawn of the Fats, For the Love of God (excerpts), and Nasty Chipmunk. After reading, we answered questions and ended up having a nice discussion of what we do and why we do it.
In addition to the many Chestertonians present, friends and subscribers drove in from DC, Baltimore, and southern PA. Thanks to all who made the trek to support us.
Apparently, it has already been decided that there will be a second annual Chestertown Book Festival, to take place the weekend of October 9-10, if I remember correctly. Rest assured, I will remind you of the date at some point between now and then--but quite possibly not until moments before it begins.
Posted by bogenamp at November 15, 2009 11:50 PM