Book Festival Community


The Gold CouB at 5 17 14 Bk Festivalntry Book Festival, in Auburn, California, was a great experience of community. Writing can feel like a solo occupation, so it’s wonderful when writers and readers get together to celebrate the written word.

On Saturday, May 17th, the Placer County Library hosted 35 of us local writers in its leafy courtyard throughout the day. It also housed a four-author panel on the writing life, a children’s book corner, a workshop on how to borrow eBooks from the library, and a seminar for Millennial writers led by two published authors who are still in their teenage years.

It was a delight to see people relating to so many topics, with books reflecting a wide array of genres. People connected over mysteries and thrillers, children’s books and storyteller cards, Christian poetry and generosity, pre-teen fantasy, and Dust Bowl fiction. They connected in conversations ranging from bicycling California to living in Pakistan; publishing music to interviewing sports stars; global warming and coming-of-age stories to writing scripts for Hollywood. There was something for everyone.

Pastoring can also feel like a solo occupation, as well – for the pastor, at least. It’s wonderful when pastors and church members plan equivalent opportunities to celebrate the Word Made Flesh. I hope we do as well as this writer-reader event did, in encouraging one another to our commitment and our love of the process together.

Your partner in ministry,

Betsy Schwarzentraub


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