On Saturday, I drove up to Waynesboro, VA, to take part in a literacy signing called BookEm. The Book ‘Em Foundation’s purpose is to raise awareness of the link that exists between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates, increase literacy rates, and decrease crime rates. The event is hosted by Mark Kearney and the Waynesboro Police Department.
So, I probably should have blogged about this BEFORE it took place but I since I’d never been before I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Actually, there were dozens of authors participating, several of which I knew. Not much of a shopping crowd for romance novels BUT the childrens’ books and middle grade books seemed to do well. The event was handled well, organized, although a bit long. (Honestly, I couldn’t stay the entire time due to another personal commitment but seems to me it could be a shorter day–9-4 for signing books is a bit long.)
Anyway, I enjoyed meeting some new people and was happy to have participated. I hope the event was a great success. I think the biggest draw of the day was the author next to me, Alan Krugel and his bomb squad dog, Leida–both from the LAPD. Here’s a picture of the lovely Leida.