Where do you go when you need a weekend hit of lively music, enchanting art, and more stimulating and exciting authors than you can throw a bookmark at? You tap your fingers impatiently until February rolls around once more and you can make your way to Hoover, Alabama and the ever inspiring Southern Voices Festival.
|Painting by Melanie Morris|
|Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors|
I arrived in Hoover, Alabama on Friday night, ready for a lovely time with the authors that I know, and those I have yet to meet. I was eager to get to the reception and have a great time yapping, schmoozing and eating the delightful finger foods that are presented each year. Egg roll and tiny meat pies anyone?
When it came time for book signings, I completely gave up on even meeting this fine gentleman. His line wrapped around the sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, around the magazine and private reading areas and past the turn in the room. I lost the end. The poor man must have had to ice his hand for hours after this event.
I highly recommend this event if you can make it. You won't be disappointed. I have never met an author who has attended as a guest who has anything less than stellar comments about the library, the staff and the event itself. One telling point is how many authors come back each year to enjoy the festival themselves.
So now I am home again from a wonderfully uplifting weekend filled with authors, books, the coolest librarians around....................and I'm already pulling out the 2016 calendar and circling dates for next year's event.
Follow this Link for all the Photos of the event!
Original press material for Southern Voices 2015 HERE.
Watch and follow this link as videos of the authors are loaded!
All photos in this article courtesy of the wonderful photographic abilities of Lance Shores. They can all be found on the Hoover Southern Voices 2015 link above.