2012 was another great year for the Texas Book Festival. Tons of authors, no rain, comfortable weather, lots of readers and book buyers, and much fun.
I'm one of three co-chairs of the Author Escort committee. We coordinate a huge number of volunteers who escort the authors from the Author Escort area to their events then to their book signings.
Last year we were located in a tent outside on Congress Avenue, right in front of the capitol. Problem was, it was so hot we all sweated and wilted. This year we were inside the capitol, which was great. The Speaker of the House generously offered his apartment. I don't think it's an actual apartment (I'm guessing here), but more of an area right next to the House Chambers. It was perfect. We had a large area for authors, moderators and escorts to gather with a kitchen, restrooms, chairs and tables, and a private elevator. I say, thank you, thank you to the Speaker for his generous offer.
In addition to my chair duties, I also got to moderate Steven Saylor's talk. Although I've read Steven's books, this was my first time to meet him. He's funny and sooo interesting. I just finished his latest book in the Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders. This one is a prequel to his series set in ancient Rome and starring Gordianus. I definitely recommend it.
A really big thank you to all the volunteers, especially those who were the Author Escorts. And a thank you to all the authors who came. To the few who had to cancel because of the hurricane in the northeast, I hope you're safe and keeping dry.
If you didn't come this year, make plans to attend next year. There are books and authors for kids, adults and tweens. And if you want to volunteer and meet authors, remember to volunteer to be an Author Escort!