Five Reasons You Need To Check Out ‘Booktoberfest’

The folks at Thomson Shore would like to lead residents of and visitors to the Dexter area in a celebration of all things book on October 21.

Thomson Shore has operated in Dexter for decades as a book printing business that has grown vastly to include publishing, marketing, book restoration, digital distribution, and many other areas of the book industry for its clients.

In addition to tours of their large state-of-the-art facility, there are many reasons to visit Booktoberfest and much to be gained for the $3 admission fee per person, such as:

Local illustrator David Zinn will be on hand to talk art, sign his 2018 illustrated calendar, and create a live art piece during the event. If you aren’t familiar with Zinn’s talent, take a look at the following three dimensional drawing, one of many he seamlessly incorporates into natural landscapes that acts as canvass and bridge between reality and imagination.

Do some adult coloring courtesy of Harry Edwards, recent author of his first adult coloring book. Edwards will be leading color-ins of giant reproductions of pages from his coloring book, which will be mounted on easels. This opportunity is geared towards adults who still know how to have fun like a kid.

Children can write and illustrate their own one-page story thanks to Jerry Friends, Thomson Shore Manager of Publishing and Distribution Services.

Friends’ idea also involves combining the pages into a book and producing a copy for each of the co-authoring participants.

Children can also participate in writing labs led by 826Michigan and 826Michigan Student Storytelling, who are co-sponsors of the event.

If you’re an aspiring author, you can Pitch Your Book in the Thomson Shore manuscript pitch contest.

Judges will hear each contestant’s 90-second elevator speech as part of a five minute presentation opportunity. The winner will receive a publishing, printing, and/or distribution deal handled by the industry leaders at Thomson Shore.

Whether you win the pitch contest or not, there will be several authors present to hear from and chat with, including Judith Briles, a.k.a. The Book Shepherd.

Briles is based out of Colorado. She is an expert on the world of self-publishing with a great track record of helping advise aspiring authors at various stages of the process and levels of expertise.

The proceeds from Booktoberfest will make the world a better place, in that they will support the work of 826Michigan, whose mission statement entails that the organization’s volunteers “inspire school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities.”

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