Today was the giant celebration of books in Toronto today. That’s right a book festival. Every reader and author’s dream block party. It’s called Word on the Street and there are books of every type — children’s, non-fiction, fiction both literary and genre. Authors of all types are there, mingling with readers. Kelley Armstrong was there, as was Robert Sawyer (author of last year’s series Flash Forward, and many other fantastic science fiction novels) and Karen Dales. (You may remember Karen who was a guest blogger at last year’s Birthday Bash.) The picture doesn’t show it but she had a pair of boots that left me with serious boot envy.
|me with Karen Dales, author of Angel of Death|
Sony was there promoting its readers, as were Kobo! (They were giving away t-shirts and ball caps — I asked if I could have one to giveaway on my blog, and they were good enough to give me one of each! So you can look for an upcoming post about the great folks over at Kobo, especially since I was on their Top 50 books over there recently.) There was even a tent devoted to digital books and encouraging the discussion of this new form of reading.
I went down there today to help promote the Toronto Romance Writers. If you’d stopped by, you might have met JK Coi or Tiffany Clare. Maybe you chatted with Kimber Chin, Storm Grant, or Mary Sullivan. (I must admit I would have loved to have stayed and chatted more with Mary and picked her brains about writing for Harlequin.) If you were lucky you introduced yourself to Harlequin’s newest author Vicki Essex. Or were captivated by the effervescent Bonnie Staring, Erin G or Susan Daly. Or our lone male advocate Wayne. (Woot, Wayne! for daring to take on all that estrogen today.) (I left a couple last names as I wasn’t sure if they wanted their real last names used on the blog and I didn’t want to totally violate their privacy.) There were others there on the earlier or later shifts that I may have missed, so sorry if I did.
|Vicki Essex, Tiffany Clare, Bonnie Staring, Wayne T, me, and Storm Grant|
If you walked up a couple of tents you would have found the great folks of Harlequin selling their books for fantastic prices — for $5 I picked up Maria Snyder‘s Sea Glass and Fire Study, as well as Courtney Milan’s Proof by Seduction.
|Harlequin Books tent|
|Toronto Romance author Kate Bridges|
I also snagged a couple of Mary Sullivan’s fantastic SuperRomances. Mary writes cowboys — see I’m not the only Canuck obsessed with the Texans. 🙂 I’m going to try and arrange for her to be my guest too!