Jacque Graham and I presented at the first Turning Pages Children's Book Festival in Ada, Oklahoma, October 11-12. With the presentations, the event combined a conference with a festival.
Krystal Russell, the founder of the festival, had some great ideas. Now, with a few tweaks and some help, the festival should evolve into one everyone with children's books should support.
On Friday, schools from two neighboring towns brought buses of 7th and 8th graders to participate in games, workshops, and browse "booths" of books. Many of the students didn't grasp the concept that they could buy books, but several did and had funds with them.
Jacque Graham presented her monologue as the main character of her work-in-progress, Belle Cobb, the first Indian woman doctor in Indian Territory. The students enjoyed her presentation and want to know when the book is available. Again, the behavior and attentiveness of the students amazed us.
The books we sold came from this side of the 4RV tables, all except one. One boy so liked A Wandering Warrior by Harry E. Gilleland that he had his mother come back and purchase a copy for him. The girls preferred A Shadow in the Past by Melanie Robertson King, and a few debated between it and some of the others.
Many students took cards and bookmarks with the company information printed on them. Hopefully they will encourage their parents to visit our online bookstore.
Saturday, we saw two families come by, and no one else found us. The publicity promised didn't come out until then. However, 4RV did sell one copy of Trockle. I do believe this festival is one that should be supported and encouraged to continue.
Two more photos for your enjoyment: