May 5th was another Literary Hill Bookfest at Eastern Market in Washington DC.
Capitol Hill authors came to speak about and sign their books, the DC Library was there providing story time for the little ones, and book vendors had an intriguing spread of reading material.
As usual, there were loads of readers who stopped by and as usual, I ended up sharing a table with some fascinating folks. One was James L. Swanson, author of bestselling titles on Abraham Lincoln’s murder: Manhunt and Bloody Crimes. It was fascinating talking with him and finding out about his upcoming books on JFK’s assassination. Look for them in November! Or check out his new Twitter account–he gave a little shout out to The Richmond Theater Fire. We’ll have to see now if it experiences a “Swanson Bump” in popularity!
My other table-mate was Stephanie Deutch, author of the civil rights title “You Need a Schoolhouse,” a book about the Rosenwald schools in the South. Fascinating topic.
Looking forward to next year, whether I’m there talking about the book or just checking out all the great titles my neighbors have written!