Buckeye Book Fair in Ohio

Last weekend was the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio–the largest annual book event in Ohio and one of the largest literacy fund-raisers in the country. I can’t tell you how much fun I had meeting with readers and signing books. When they opened the doors to the auditorium promptly at 9:00 am. and hundreds of people surged in to browse and buy signed copies from their favorite authors, I was filled with awe! This wasn’t the latest Harry Potter movie, or free lattes at Starbucks…these were books people were hurrying to get their hands on. I must say, as a writer, my heart pounded all that morning and is still a little off beat today two days later.  This was the first time I’d been invited to the event to sign A Widow’s Hope, and I certainly hope I’ll be invited back next year.

Afterwards, we had dinner with my long-time friend, Casey Daniels, and her husband. Casey had 9 books to sell, including her Pepper Martin mysteries, and we were both pleased with the sales at the fair. And to finish the day off perfectly, we drove to my favorite B&B, Simple Pleasures,  in Winesburg to spend the night. The innkeeper had invited their Amish neighbors to dinner and chit-chat. And their daughters held an pie-tasting for me with three different kinds of Chocolate Mousse Cream pie. The “winning” recipe along with 3 other pies will appear in The Way to a Man’s Heart, the third in the Miller Family series, coming in July, 2010. Remember, the second in the series, Never Far From Home, will be released late next month. My husband and I slept like babies, and awoke to rolling farmfields kissed by frost and the sound of roosters! I threw some apples to the deer and of course, fed Sam-the-horse apples as well. I cannot imagine a better way to spend the weekend, or a better place to spend it in than Ohio’s Amish Country!

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7 thoughts on “Buckeye Book Fair in Ohio

  1. Dear Mary,
    I was wondering if you would be interested in visiting the Columbiana Public Library. We have alot of readers who enjoy books about the Amish and they would love to meet and talk to an author about her books. What do you charge? I was thinking of a date in February or March. Are you available?
    Sincerely,
    Flora Doraski
    Adult Services Librarian
    Columbiana Public Library
    332 N. Middle St.
    Columbiana, OH 44408
    330-482-5509

    • Hi Flora,
      thanks so much for posting to my blog,
      yes, I’d love to talk to at your library. but I’ll contact you directly to make arrangements.

  2. Hi Mary – Steve & I really enjoyed meeting you at Buckeye Bookfair. Just a quick note to let you know how much I LOVED A Widow’s Hope. What a wonderful story. I posted a link to your book trailer on my Facebook page and also on Steve’s fan page on the picture of you and your husband and Steve at BBF.

  3. Mary,

    Met you at BBF. It’s one of my favorite events of the year and I hope we can reconnect to get you to our library!

    I was delighted to see your new book being touted on Shelf Awareness.

    Just love those fabulous covers.

    Wishing you a very thankful holiday.

    • Thanks, Kym. It was great meeting you too!
      Those covers are the work of the Harvest House art/production dept. I think they’re pretty fabulous too.
      I’d love to do an event at the Medina County Library. You have a great holiday and enjoy the time off from work.

  4. How wonderful the trip sounded! I wish that I could have been there! One of these days I will make it out to Amish country to view those rolling hills that you write so fondly about, and I can hardly wait until that day comes! I am glad that the book fair went so well for you and your friend. I am sure they will have you back next year!
    best wishes this holiday season to you and yours….

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