On Sunday April 23, I attended the Stratford Book Fair at the Stratford Country Club, which is a very nice venue (pleasant to sit somewhere that includes huge windows and lots of light--had a great view of the rain, then snow, that chilled the day in the last hour or so of the Fair, which greatly reduced any potential customers). Many great vendors--mostly other authors or publishers, but also some jewelry and candles, bookmarks, stones, and other artistic tidbits that go well with reading. Quite a few fantasy, science-fiction, thriller/dark fiction, historical fiction selections, as well as some children and young adult titles. A nice cross-section of fiction books with a myriad of protagonists available--backgrounds including the disabled, the marginalized, the LGBTQ community, strong leads of the female or male persuasion; pretty much any hero/heroine (or anit-hero/heroine) you might enjoy, so long as they're fictional. A few people more interested in non-fiction and biographies might have found that less-than-satisfying, though I greatly appreciate the woman who bought my poetry book anyway :)
My best friend came to assist me, and she did a fantastic job, especially when I started to feel crappy. Somehow, I made it through the day anyway and came home a few books lighter.
Looking ahead to future author events, I keep finding things on days that I've already booked something, which is a little frustrating, but that's life. Hopefully I'll find another venue I can actually attend in the coming months! In the meantime, I really have to get back on the horse and actually write something new. Wish me luck!