On Sunday, May 20, the seventh edition of Northwest Arkansas' own homegrown literary festival will again blossom in the conservatory and in the gardens of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.
With more authors scheduled to attend than ever before, this year's Books in Bloom offers up something for nearly every taste. Crescent Dragonwagon will introduce her newest book, and New York Times Bestsellers Phillip Margolin and CJ Box will also attend, along with Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Kristin Kauffman, Kevin Brockmeier and more than a dozen other accomplished writers who work in a variety of genres.
This free event is a project of the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, made possible through the generous support of sponsors from throughout the region who recognize the importance of literacy and the vital role books play in a healthy society. Festival events include formal presentations, on-going readings, book sales and signings, and the opportunity to meet celebrated and successful authors.
"Our region is rarely part of anyone's national book tour," explains co-chair Lin Wellford. "This is a rare chance to hear writers speak about their craft, to learn about new books, and to hear authors read from their work. We call it a garden party celebration of writers and readers because we want to highlight the unique relationship that develops between those who write books and those who read them. Having our festival be a part of the May Festival of the Arts also helps to remind people that art can be literary as well as visual."
Books in Bloom will take place from noon to 5 p.m. regardless of the weather. To see the latest listing of participants, visit www.BooksinBloom.org.