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Countdown is On to Bookstock 2014 at Central Library

By: Marcey Wright

Click image to see full list of Bookstock authors!Bookstock 2014 is tomorrow – Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Several New York Times best-selling authors are slated to attend, alongside featured guest and keynote speaker Eric Jerome Dickey.

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More than 50 authors, their fans, and booklovers of all ages will attend the festival, which will include live music, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, face painting for kids, balloon artistry, and lots of books!

New this year is More Than Ingredients cookbook discussion with author and old-fashioned chef Alexe Van Beuren; Romancing the Story panel with authors Patricia Potter and Carolyn McSparren; and Summertime is Crime Time panel with award-winning mystery writers Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins, Scott Phillips, and Michael Kardos. Another panel – Aspiring Writers Under Scrutiny – is for beginning writers and will be hosted by Sheila Lipsey and Courtney Miller Santos. Then, keynote speaker and panelist Eric Jerome Dickey will team up with other authors Mark Greaney and Keith Thomson to take customers From the South to Around the World with International Spy Thrillers.

“Bring your family out to meet and greet nationally-renowned authors and local ones too,” encouraged Wang-Ying Glasgow, event organizer and Library adult services coordinator. “Customers will realize that there are so many local writers that they’ve never met, and they will be inspired to write their own stories!”

Library customers will also meet Barry Wolverton (Neversink), Deborah Johnson (The Air Between Us), Wei Chen (Around the World in 69 Days), Scott Phillips (The Ice Harvest), Dr. Miriam DeCosta Willis of the Owen College History Committee (The Legacy of Owen College), and many more. From fiction to nonfiction, mystery to inspirational, and even children’s books, Bookstock 2014 has something for readers of all ages and interests.

Kids will enjoy Bookstock Jr., which will include PAWs for Reading with therapy dog Olly and her human companion Luciana, chalk drawing in the Library’s courtyard, and even movie clip showings of The Tales of Despereaux and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

“The benefits of Bookstock are three-fold,” Glasgow concluded. “Customers meet authors and enjoy the day of festivities. Authors promote their work directly to readers, and the Library further develops as the convener and connector of authors and readers. We hope to develop a love for literacy and lifelong learning citywide!”

For more information about Bookstock 2014, call (901) 415-2709.