Monday, April 04, 2011

Mountain of Authors

Last Saturday, I participated in the 5th Annual Mountain of Authors program put on by the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) at the East Library branch in Colorado Springs. The event began for us authors at 11:00 am, when check-in opened up. For that first hour, we registered our books with the Friends of the Library volunteers who would be handling book sales, set up our tables, helped ourselves to the author and staff lunch buffet, and schmoozed with each other. I ran around during this hour and took as many photos of the participating authors as I could (see below).

Alice Scott and Bev Sninchak, with guest.

Jeanne Stein and Rod Summitt.

Stewart Green and Mario Acevedo.

DeAnna DeAngelo and Rebecca Dunning.

Richard Gibson and me.

Nancy Mills and Terry Odell.

Carol Hightshoe and K. D. Huxman (Karin Huxman).

Evangeline Denmark and Donita K. Paul (daughter and mother).

M. J. Brett (Margaret Brettschneider) and Jim Ciletti, the Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region.

Doris Baker and Parker Blue (Pam McCutcheon).

Mike Hamel and Barry James Hickey.

Then at noon, the doors opened to the public. Three writer friends served on the 12:30 - 1:30 PM Panel on Paranormal Fiction: Mario Acevedo, Parker Blue (Pam McCutcheon), and Jeanne Stein. Kirk Farber moderated. The panel is shown below.

From 1:30 - 2 PM was the Author Showcase, when each attending author took 2 minutes to talk about their books, and the Golden Quill Award was presented to Stewart Green. After a half hour break, when attendees could visit the author tables, the second panel was held from 2:30 - 3:30 PM on Publishing. Moderated by Tim Blevins, the panel included Doris Baker, owner of Filter Press, Teresa Funke, owner of Victory House Press, and Nancy Mills, President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Doris and I serve on the Mountain of Authors planning committee, she as a publisher representative and me as an author representative, so we've gotten to know each other well. The panel is shown below.

After another half hour break for schmoozing, selling, and signing, Keynote Speaker Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series, spoke from 4 - 5 PM. He's shown in the photo below. The event finished up with a final book signing and reception, complete with sparkling cider and treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, decorated cupcakes, cannoli, cheesecake and more. Yum!

The hard-working library staff put on a well-attended and well-run event. I'm already looking forward to next year's Mountain of Authors!


Mario Acevedo said...

Great pics. I'm going to steal them.

Beth Groundwater said...

Feel free, Mario! Of course, if I give them to you, it's not stealing. :) Just tell folks where they came from.

Jeanne Stein said...

What a terrific event! Nice job reporting, too!!


Mother of Crows said...

Thanks so much for posting these, Beth ;-) By the way, the guest next to me is my husband Paul ;-) So good seeing and chatting with everyone last Saturday!

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks, Jeanne and Bev! I knew that handsome fellow was your husband, Bev, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember his name. Senior moment.

Unknown said...

Beth -- not a senior moment at all! I have problems remembering names, but not faces, so no worries ;-)Thanks again for taking the pics!