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By: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 23, 2010

Sedona Book Festival

The second annual Sedona Book Festival will take place Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yavapai College in Sedona.  Excitement is building here at the Library as we look forward to welcoming authors and publishers to the community.

The organizing sponsors for the 2010 event include Yavapai College, the Friends of the Sedona Public Library and The Well Red Coyote book store.  Sedona Book Festival will spotlight Southwest authors and celebrate the pleasures of reading, writing, and books for all ages.

This year, the festival will be indoors, spread throughout the scenic Yavapai College Sedona campus, located at 4215 Arts Village Drive (near the intersection of W. State Route 89A and Cultural Park Place) in West Sedona.

Following last year’s successful inaugural festival under the “big tent,” the new venue allows for even more participation from authors and others, with ample and close-in parking, too. And like last year, the festival will be free to the public.

Registration is open for authors, publishers, organizations and other businesses wanting to exhibit at the second annual Sedona Book Festival.  According to Joe Neri, festival director and owner of The Well Red Coyote, “Response has been very good so far.  Even though we have increased the number of exhibitor tables by 50%, we expect to be sold out by the middle of August.”

More than 60 exhibitors will provide attendees with a wide range of books and book-related offerings.  In addition, select authors will be making presentations in a special authors’ room throughout the day.

One of the authors attending the festival will be Greg Lilly.  Sedona is a stop on the book tour for his latest Derek Mason Mystery – “Scalping the Red Rocks.”  The novel is set in Sedona and the town’s personality and culture play a major role in the plot.

Arizona Authors Association has confirmed its participation in the festival and will be featuring bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.  “Pride Mates” (Book 1 of the Shifter series) was released in February and it hit the New York Times bestseller list as well as the USA Today bestseller list.  Just published this month is “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage”, which is Book 2 of the Mackenzies series.

Ashley also publishes under the name Allyson James and her newest paranormal romance under this pen name is “Stormwalker.”  This first book in a new series features Janet Begay, a Stormwalker, a Navajo woman who investigates paranormal crimes and draws her own power from the desert storms.  The action takes place near a town where there are vortexes, shape shifters, witches, shamans, and the occasional blood-sucking Nightwalkers. 

In addition to signing books, Ashley will be one of the speakers during the day.  This is one author you’ll definitely want to catch up with in the authors’ room to find out what’s next on her publishing schedule, since she also writes mysteries under the pen name Ashley Gardner.

The festival’s Guest of Honor, a local individual who has greatly contributed to the growth and vitality of the Sedona/Verde Valley literary community, will be Gary Every, author, poet, performer and moderator of the Sedona Writing Salon.

J. Allen Woodman, chairman of the Creative Writing Department at Northern Arizona University and author of six books of fiction and scores of short stories and essays, will be the keynote speaker.

New to the festival this year is “Dinner in the Stacks.”  The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and it will take place on Friday, October 1 at the Sedona Public Library.  This fundraiser will be catered by Dahl and Deluca and promises to be a unique opportunity to dine surrounded by the beauty of the library and your favorite books.

Other new events sponsored by the Sedona Book Festival that are taking place on Friday are the authors in-the-school project and writing workshops.

The workshops begin at 9 a.m. at the Yavapai College Sedona campus and will feature 90 minute sessions on writing fiction and non-fiction, with a special session focusing on writing memoirs, and a workshop on publishing your book from concept to marketing and advertising. 

Students can get involved by entering an essay contest telling about some of their favorite books or authors and what they liked most about them or what they learned from them.  When details are confirmed, entry forms will be available on the book festival website.

For information, including registration details and forms, and a list of authors who have already registered to attend the festival, go to or call 282-2284.

Virginia Volkman, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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