The Book Lovers Festival

An event to celebrate the written word in Troy

By Timothy Walker

Around About Books organizes the Book Lovers Festival every year. Photo courtesy of Timothy Walker

If you’re a local book lover, then you’re already well aware of Around About Books, the popular used bookstore located on Main Street near the square in the heart of downtown Troy. What you may not be aware of is the upcoming 2011 Troy Book Lovers Festival, which takes place March 11 and 12, and is organized and presented by the bookstore’s owner.

“We’re very excited about this year’s festival,” said storeowner Sue Cantrell. “We held the first Book Lovers Festival in 2006, and it just seems to get more popular every year. We really have a great group of authors scheduled to appear this year.”

The annual event is always an exciting one for the local literary community and the theme for this year’s festival is “Ready for Spring.” Advance registration is required in order to have access to all the events and the registration fee is $25 for authors and $39 for readers. Registration, which ends Feb. 28, can be completed at the bookstore or the form can be printed out from the store’s website at A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local school’s scholarship fund.

A host of popular authors are scheduled to appear at the 2011 festival, including #1 New York Times best-selling paranormal romance writer Lora Leigh, author of the intensely erotic series “The Breeds.” Her most recent book, “Primal” was released on Feb. 1, and contains a new “Breed” novella in addition to paranormal romance novellas from three other authors. Popular paranormal romance novelist Rosemary Laurey, who writes the “Forever Vampires” series and also wrote the books “Bloody Good,” “Bloody Awful” and “Bloody Right” under the pseudonym Georgia Evans, will also be in attendance, as will romance novelist Rebekah McCoy, author of the books “Rockstar” and “December’s Promise.” YA novelist and comics writer Stephen Hines (“Hocus Focus” and “Valedictorian USA”), filmmaker and urban fantasist Stephen Zimmer (“Fires in Eden” series and “Rising Dawn” series), and authors Rita Arnold and Bonnie Stewart, among others, are also scheduled to take part.

The Friday night activities will feature a meet and greet with all of the scheduled authors along with a spring hat contest. Hats will be judged in various categories of design, including “Easter and Easter Basket,” “Spring Reading,” “Cleaning Supplies,” “Garden + Apron” and “Most Original Book Lover.” Prizes will be awarded, including a free registration for the 2012 Book Lovers Festival, and there will also be a gift basket raffle and book exchange.

Saturday’s events include breakfast, and an opening and welcome speech by Cantrell, followed by a series of writers’ and readers’ talks on various subjects, including “Getting Published,” “Romance or Erotica,” “Graphic Novels and Comics” and “How to Promote your Book.” From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a book signing, and this portion of the festival is free and open to the book-loving public. If you’re not interested in writing or publishing and you just happen to be a fan who wants to get their books signed, this portion of the festival will be your opportunity. A picnic dinner with the authors will follow for registered attendees and a gift basket raffle will wrap up the event.

All the festival’s events will take place at the Franklin Lodge in Troy, on Main Street and located directly across the street from Around About Books.

If you’re interested in writers, books, or interested in being a writer yourself, make plans now to attend. The Troy Book Lovers Festival is an annual event that shouldn’t be missed.

Registration ends Feb. 28, and registration forms, a festival calendar, photos from past festivals, directions and more details can be found at Call Around About Books in Troy at (937) 339-1707 for more information.

Reach DCP freelance writer Timothy Walker at

Tim Walker
Tim Walker is 51 and a writer, DJ, and local musician. He lives with his wife and their two children in Dayton, where he enjoys pizza, jazz, and black T-shirts. Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker at

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