Over the past months we have shared with you the wonderful list of authors who will be on our panels this Sunday at the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest. We have also told you about the range of exhibitors — from booksellers to publishers to libraries to printers to book artists to nonprofits – that will be in the market area from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Our panelists and exhibitors allow us to celebrate all aspects of the book world.
In addition to speakers and exhibitors, this year, we have one booth — #113 – devoted to The Book I Love. We want you to tell us about your favorite book. Last week we shared with you some exhibitors and Kerrytown BookFest board members favorite books. This week, more BookFest Board members and 2016 exhibitors to tell us about the book they love.
Ephemeral Books (exhibitor): “The book that I love is Immortality by Milan Kundera. Kundera’s writing transcends time, transforms real people into fictional characters—including Kundera himself—and ponders the question of who gets to create and control one’s legacy. The main character of Agnes, a woman who deliberately eschews drawing attention to herself thereby guaranteeing and protecting her anonymity for now and into eternity, is one of my favorites among all the books I’ve ever read.”
Linda Kimmel (Exhibitor Chair of the Kerrytown BookFest Board): Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. “This was one of my first chapter books as a young girl and being set “so long ago” (1940) helped foster my interest in history to this day.”
Rachel Pastiva (exhibitor for Crazy Wisdom and Ann Arbor Independent Booksellers Association): One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, M.D. “I love this book because it explores the concept of a universal consciousness through fascinating case studies of individual experiences currently outside scientific explanation. It challenges our scientific method and demands the scientific community develop tools to study the very real experiences that are dismissed by science simply because we do not have a reliable way to measure them.”
Christopher Purrett (exhibitor): My favorite book to date is Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It is a Science-Fiction/Fantasy novel. I was captivated by the way Sanderson described this magic system and how his characters interacted with each other. His “world-building” style is extremely in depth and intricate.
Barbara Stark-Nemon (exhibitor): All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. “In Doerr’s debut novel I found an enchanting story, luminous writing, and themes of resilience, hope and simple human love amidst traumatic times. These themes resonated with my own work and fed my fascination with those whose unexpected choices allow them to rise above horror to save themselves and others.”
Melanie Zwegers (exhibitor): Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. “I love this book because it is laugh-out-loud funny, worldly yet intensely personal, and makes the plight of an independent, strong-willed girl in the middle ages as real as any of today.”
When you’re at BookFest this Sunday, please stop by booth 113 to tell us about the book that you love. We’ll also be collecting your favorite books online and will be using them throughout the year. If you’d like to tell us about the book you love now you can use the online form found here. Thanks, and see you at the Kerrytown BookFest this Sunday, September 11!