It took a little bit of time for the Louisville Book Festival crew to recover after the event due to some family emergencies, but the event was a great success, and we wanted to take a moment to share those successes with you!
First, some numbers:
The event was held on October 28-29, 2022 at the Kentucky International Convention Center and featured over 100 authors who brought their books and stories to share with readers.
Over 300 students from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) attended the event on October 28 to learn all about what book festivals are, how authors write and publish, and why reading in general is so important.
Representatives from various literacy organizations attended the event, including the Louisville Free Public Library, JCPS, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and I Would Rather Be Reading. These organizations shared information and books with children.
Around 6,000 books were given to children and families during the festival.
Of course, quantity isn’t everything: quality is important. The Louisville Book Festival wanted to create a venue where authors and readers could share their good feelings about books and reading, and we received a lot of compliments from attendees.
Author Kristina Hamlett, author and blogger, said, “I had such a wonderful time here. I sold out of books! I met the warmest, friendliest readers and authors.”
Author Cecelia A. Garcia said, “So many talented authors and so many great books to purchase this weekend.”
Christine Galib, author of Etched in Stone, said, “A massive thank you to the festival organizers, fellow authors, and amazing readers for making the Louisville Book Festival a huge success.”
Stephanie Feger, author and founder of EmPowerPR Group, had this to say:, “Authors need community, and I was among my peeps! The Louisville Book Festival has been so much fun!”
Children (and adults) who attended love seeing Pete the Cat as well as Piggy and Gerald, and the children were read stories by Louisville Metro firefighters.
The radio show/podcast The Perks of Being a Book Lover was able to talk to around 30 authors doing Instagram Live feeds to share just some of the wealth that the festival brought to Louisville.
All said, it was a wonderful (and exhausting) first-time live Louisville Book Festival.
Best of all, we’re doing it again in 2023! Go ahead and save the date in your calendar:
Friday, November 10, 2023 AND Saturday, November 11, 2023, 10-6 both days. See you there!