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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 15
, 2010

October is Book Lovers Month

October was proclaimed Book Lovers Month in Sedona by Mayor Rob Adams, on behalf of the City Council.  A. G. “Chip”  Davis, Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, also issued a proclamation declaring October Book Lovers Month, noting that Arizona and Yavapai County are home to many writers and a source of inspiration for many books.

The City of Sedona proclamation reads: 
WHEREAS, in a world undergoing constant change, books provide enduring connections to the past and future of our communities, nations and civilizations; and

WHEREAS, books provide information about health, history, economics, the environment and countless other areas to support better living conditions and to help people lead longer, more productive and fulfilling lives; and

WHEREAS, books provide a lens for us to see life through other peoples’ eyes and to understand other cultures, which in turn enables us to relate better with others; and

WHEREAS, books inform, entertain and inspire people of all ages to learn, imagine and create a world where everyone and everything is part of the world mosaic; and

WHEREAS, Sedona is a city animated by the arts and home to many writers and a source of inspiration for many books,


The celebration of books was kicked off on Friday evening, October 1, with Sedona Gallery Association members incorporating the theme of Authors in the Galleries as part of the First Friday celebration.

The Second Annual Sedona Book Festival -- sponsored by The Well Red Coyote, Yavapai College and Friends of the Sedona Public Library -- took place Saturday, October 2, at Yavapai College, and it was a huge success, according to bookstore owner Joe Neri.  Everyone at the festival welcomed the relief of the cool air inside the buildings of the Yavapai College Sedona Campus on an unusually hot day. 

The Book Festival spotlighted local and regional authors, publishers and other organizations dedicated to celebrating the pleasures of reading and writing.  More than 60 exhibitors provided attendees with a wide range of books and book-related offerings.  In addition, select authors made presentations in the special authors’ room throughout the day.

The free pre-festival Writing Workshops were a hit, some of which were attended by standing room only crowds. The Authors in the Schools program was also well received by the local schools.  To read this year’s winning student essays and view photos of the festival, visit the festival webpage at:

Richard Wentz will present a program entitled The Beauty of John Updike’s Hard-Pressed Fiction on Monday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds.  Dr. Wentz is founder of the Religious Studies Department at Arizona State University, which today is one of the leading departments of its kind in American public universities.  He holds a Ph.D. in the history of religion in America from George Washington University.  Currently he is a Professor Emeritus, teaching occasional seminars and residing in Flagstaff.  Dr. Wentz has been a storyteller, lecturer, and leader of workshops in the facilitation of storytelling.  He has been active in Valley theatre and is the author of numerous articles and books, This event is sponsored by the library and funded by the Arizona Humanities Council and Friends of the Sedona Library.

Another event being held on October 18 is The Big Read book discussion of The Call of the Wild.  Jack London’s classic can be appreciated by readers of all ages. It is a philosophical book that provides an action-packed adventure. This book discussion is part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 NEA report, identified a critical decline in reading for pleasure among American adults. The Big Read addresses this issue by bringing communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature.  The discussion will take place at the Sedona Public Library at 6 p.m.

Of interest to all book lovers is the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  A preview for members of the Friends will be held on Friday, October 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The sale will run during regular library hours from Saturday, October 16 through Saturday, October 23.  Additional times for the sale will be Sunday, October 17 and Sunday, October 24, from noon until 5 p.m. each day.

Celebrate Book Lovers Month!  Stop by the library during October to check out a book, buy a book, or engage in a book discussion.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.