From the October issue of The Writer's Life
The first ever San Diego Festival of Books was a celebration of writers, readers, and book-sellers and the vital role they all play in our community. With an estimated attendance of 10,000, the festival clearly was a winner right out of the gate!
The Festival of Books was held on Saturday, August 26, at Liberty Station in Point Loma. SDWEG purchased an exhibit booth to promote public awareness of our organization and also to provide time slots for members to display and sell their books. Hundreds of people visited the booth, and 64 visitors signed up to receive the SDWEG newsletter.
Fifteen SDWEG members signed up for two-hour slots, including Marcia Buompensiero, Lawrence Carleton, Marie DiMercurio, J. Elke Ertle, Janet Hafner, Margaret Harmon, Peggy Hinaekian, Barbara Huntington, Joan Kilpatrick, Ed Lopatin, Helen Pendleton, Barrett Clemmenson Powell, Arthur Raybold, Laura Roberts, and Penn Wallace.
Appreciation goes to Mardie Schroeder, President, and Marcia Buompensiero, Treasurer, for making the arrangements for SDWEG’s participation in the festival. Mardie and Marcia set up and took down the booth, greeted booth visitors, and also took time to visit individual authors in the festival’s Authors Alley to promote awareness and membership in SDWEG.
Rest assured, the Guild will be first in line to sign up for a booth at next year’s book festival at Liberty Station.