Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming BookFest Sept. 19 in Lions Park

From Tina Lackey, Wyoming State Library:

Returning in the name of fun, knowledge and entertainment, the second Wyoming Book Festival will take place Sept. 19 in Cheyenne.

The book festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lions Park. The last book festival, held in September 2007 on the Capitol Grounds, but this year organizers chose to move the event based on festival feedback.

“We had a really great turnout last time, and we made sure to listen to those attendees in order to create a better festival the next time,” says Wyoming State Library Publications and Marketing Manager Tina Lackey.

“Festival goers told us the past festival was too spread out, which made it difficult to attend all the events. This time we made it much more convenient for them.”

Organizers have also chosen to reduce the number of featured authors to make for a more intimate, informative festival. The festival will showcase these eight authors: Margaret Coel, Tina Forkner, Gene Gagliano, Craig Johnson, Zak Pullen, Cindy Reynders, Peg Sundberg “Cowgirl Peg” and Cat Urbigkit.

In addition, festival goers can participate in children’s crafts, visit with storybook characters, explore the authors’ fair, and much more.

“This is a great opportunity for people in the area to do something that is both educational and fun. We’re excited to have the festival again, and hope to see the same kind of enthusiasm we saw last time,” Lackey says.

For more information, visit the Wyoming Book Festival’s Web site at www.wyomingbookfestival.org or the book festival blog at http://wyobookfest.blogspot.com

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