Books in Bloom is an annual event that brings together accomplished authors and booklovers in a casual but sophisticated setting. This free literary event is open to the public, and celebrates book culture while promoting reading and literacy.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation sponsors this event, which is held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Crescent Hotel.
The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors and to hear them speak about their work and various aspects of writing and publishing.
Almost every aspect of Books in Bloom is organized by volunteers who generously contribute their time to this annual celebration of reading. Programs range from author readings, presentations, and children's literary activities.
All events are free to the public, thanks to festival underwriters. For more info on the authors and events, pick up a program at any of the participating sponsors' locations, any library in the Carroll and Madison Library System, or visit www.booksinbloom.org.
The organizers of this event invite authors from a wide variety of genres, so almost every reader will find something appealing. The list of authors this year includes Andrea Hollander Budy, Stephen R. Donaldson, Tim Ernst, Steven Foster, Jeff Greenwald, Donald Harrington, Carolyn Hart, J.A. Jance, Veda Boyd Jones, Carla Kilough McClafferty, Christine Matthews, Radine Trees Nehring, Michael Palmer, Robert J. Randisi, Grif Stockley, Allison Wallace, Barbara Youree, and David Zimmerman. When not reading either in the Conservatory or the Author's Tent, the authors will be in the Crescent Gardens.
The beautifully appointed garden area at the Crescent adds to the serene feeling that accompanies this celebration of the written word. You'll be glad you attended.
Books in Bloom serves as one of the kick-off events for the Eureka Springs Festival of Arts, now in its 19th year.