Great Midwest Bookfest 2009

The organizers, Urban Reviews, did a fabulous job of organizing this inaugural book event, and they proved that Milwaukee is full of readers and book buyers. There was something for everybody: Romance and women's fiction, Christian fiction, nonfiction, young adult, plus a bookseller (Cultural Connection) had a table selling biographies and other categories. The ambience was wonderful, with soft jazz playing in the background and comfortable lighting (and the bar was open!). Everyone who purchased a book received a gift bag. A very special moment was the brief period of silence we all observed in memory of the gifted writer E. Lynn Harris, who had passed away the day before.

A few photos from the afternoon (you can see more photos at these publicly available pages of Facebook):
Me with Radiah of Urban Reviews
Radiah and her hubby, Charles. They worked tirelessly to make the
event the success it was.

Me with Michelle Larks, whom I met for the first time

Me with Adrienna Dionna Turner, one of the local authors participating
(she's holding her copy of Save The Best For Last)

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shelia said...

Bettye, thanks for sharing the pictures. I wish I could have been there.

bettye griffin said...

It really was a very well put together event, Shelia, and I wish you could have been there, too!