I am just now realizing that I never posted anything about our amazing Author Festival! Shame on me. This past April, our amazing BookFest Committee did a wonderful job inviting authors, securing grants and funding, and planning events to take place in our quaint, little community. I only played a very small part with YA authors, serving as an author escort for S.J. Kincaid, introducing Kincaid at all of her speaking functions, and facilitating a “lock-in”-style dinner for my student library group (S.L.A.G.) and the YA authors, S.J. Kincaid and Mike Mullin.
If you are not familiar with either of these authors, shame on you…;) Just kidding, of course. S.J. Kincaid is the author of the Insignia series. In this series, Tom, a fourteen-year-old whiz at virtual reality games, is recruited by the military to begin training as a Combatant at the Pentagon Spire in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. The story is continued in 2 other full-length novels, Vortex and Catalyst and one e-novella, Allies.
Kincaid spoke to middle and high school students about her quest to become a writer–failed manuscript after failed manuscript. She establish a small following online as an internet troll writing purposely bad stories. Her message to students: don’t give up on your dreams, even if publishers think your story is bad. There will come a time when one thinks your story is good.
Mike Mullin is the author of the Ashfall series, a trilogy with an e-novella: Ashfall, Ashen Winter, Sunrise, and Darla’s Story. After the eruption of the supervolcano in Yellowstone leaves destruction in its wake, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey across state lines to find his family, trying to survive in a newly-transformed landscape and while societal norms have drastically changed.
Mullin showed off his Taekwondo skills, talked about super volcanoes, his book, and recited an except from his book. He then broke a huge brick and his bare hands. His message to students: determination.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that amazing poetry workshop and reading put on by the Waupaca High School Dead Poet’s Society. This group of highly motivated teens invited Dylan Garity to lead this event at the Waupaca Wood’s Restaurant. Many teens took part in both the workshop and the open mic.
The Waupaca BookFest lasted 2 days: Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. Youth authors spoke at the local schools and at the library. An author reception was held Friday evening at Little Fat Gretchen’s of Waupaca and The Book Cellar/Dragonwing’s Bookstores. On Saturday evening, a closing event and concert was held at Chain of Lakes Bar and Grill featuring: Half Pants, an Americana/Folk band.
Check out the Waupaca BookFest on Facebook for more information and photos from this year’s festival!
Photo credits: The first 2 photos were taken my me, the last 3 were taken from the Waupaca BookFest Facebook page (taken by the amazing, talented Nancy Root Miller). You can follow her foodie blog, Rivertree Kitchen, by clicking the link provided.