“The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity…”
Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of working a table at the Lines on the Pines book and art festival in Hammonton, NJ, trying to sell our anthology, Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey. If you’re not familiar with the name Hammonton, then perhaps the words Jersey Devil might ring a bell, because yeah, we were in Pine Barrens country. We sold and autographed several copies of the book but what was really amazing was the array of goods available – everything from books, to art, to jewelry, to handmade crafts. The arts are alive and well in South Jersey! It was a great day and here are some pictures:
Then just this past weekend, I was able to attend the Liberty States Writers’ conference with co-conspirator Amy Hollinger, where I attended several workshops, met with the great agents, and again was able to hang out with friends, old and new. It was a fabulous experience. Jonathan Maberry gave the lunchtime keynote speech and once again, I was inspired to hear him talk. He’s very much a man of positive energy and you can feel that emanating from him.
After the workshops, I attended the book fair where I spent too much money and bought even more books (my to-read stack is growing exponentially), including Poison Study by Maria Snyder, Dark Music by E.F. Watkins, and Barnum’s Revenge by the above-pictured Jon Gibbs. I also met the wonderfully cool K.A. Mitchell who was a complete doll.
After the book fair was a pizza party (at this point, a glass of red wine was called for!) and some music and dancing. All in all, I had a productive, fun, amazing weekend. I will definitely be returning next year!