Two Chances to Visit Books and Boos this Weekend

 

BooksBoospixellatedBooks & Boos, which closed its physical location at the end of May, is continuing to do events like it was doing when the bookstore was still open. This weekend will give people two opportunities to visit the traveling bookstore.

The first opportunity to visit the bookstore will be Saturday at the Connecticut Horrorfest. Along with used books, people will be able to meet authors Stacey Longo and G. Elmer Munson and get them to sign one of their books. The horrorfest takes place at the Courtyard Waterbury Marriott located at 63 Grand Street in Waterbury, CT. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second opportunity happens on Sunday when Books & Boos takes part in the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut. This will be the bookstore’s second appearance at this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wadsworth Mansion is located at 421 Wadsworth St. in Middletown, CT. Longo will also be signing her books at this event as well. She is joined by authors Dan Foley, Dale T. Phillips, and Joseph Ross.

Pictures from the 11th Open Air Market and Festival

by Jason Harris

 

The 11th Annual Open Air Market and Festival took place this past Sunday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut. According to Deborah Moore, the event’s organizer, she believes there were record crowds. A record number of vendors participated in the event as well, she said. There were over 80 vendors.

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Why A Spoon

Why A Spoon

Raymond J. Medeiros Jr., a spoon carver, operates Why a Spoon. He sales wood carved spoons and “treen ware.” You can check out his website here.

More products from Why a Spoon.

More products from Why a Spoon.

The Farmer's Cow. There are five farms operating under that brand in Connecticut.

The Farmer’s Cow. There are five farms operating under that brand in Connecticut.

The Creative Salt Dough Arts & Crafts booth.

The Creative Salt Dough Arts & Crafts booth.

The Creative Salt Dough Arts & Crafts is located in Middletown and is operated by Kisha Michael. You can check out her website here.

The Books & Boos tent.

The Books & Boos tent.

The Books & Boos bookstore is located at 514 Westchester Road in Colchester, Connecticut. You can find it’s website here.

Cato Corner Farm, located in Colchester, Connecticut.

Cato Corner Farm, located in Colchester, Connecticut.

The next three pictures are of the work by Rustica Ornamentals. You can find the website here.

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A picture facing towards the mansion.

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Vivienne McGarry, owner of Cold Goats Farm.

Vivienne McGarry, owner of Cold Goats Farm.

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York Road Pottery

York Road Pottery

The products of York Road Pottery.

The products of York Road Pottery.

York Road Pottery is owned and operated by Cynthia Wallace, who works with pottery and weaving. She is located in Kensington, CT.

An Author’s First Publicity Event

An Author’s First Publicity Event

by G. Elmer Munson

G. Elmer Munson signing a book for a fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my first event with the New England Horror Writers.  It all started out like a dream I’d once had: The lights came on as we all gathered backstage in anticipation.  The crowd chanted “N-E-H-W! N-E-H-W!” as they stomped their feet in the soft grass of the Wadsworth Mansion.  Out of nowhere, someone screamed “Let’s get ready to rumble” and the crowd went wild.  We all ran out to the sound of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Apollo Creed gave us all high fives.

Okay, I may have embellished a bit there.  What actually happened was no less awesome but much more low-key.  I simply walked up to the booth full of people I’d never actually met and said, “hi,” and it was all cool.  I met Robert J. Dupree, Jason Harris, Alan Kessler, Stacey Longo, David Price, and Rob Watts and immediately felt welcome.  I was glad I’d decided against wearing my werewolf costume, and not just because it would have been life-threateningly hot.

After finding a home for my books, I sat down and we talked about movies and stories and other normal things that people discuss.  It was very relaxed and very cool. The day was perfect (a bit of sun never did any harm … well, not much) and the place was pretty well packed.  We spoke with a lot of different people and everyone sold some books.  Quite a few people stood in the sun for a while just to talk to us about books, their favorite authors, and dark fiction in general. It was a great day to hang out, talk to people, and share our work with the world.

I left feeling great.  I left looking forward to Hebron and events beyond.  I also left inspired.  On the drive home, I thought of the greatest story in the world.  Unfortunately, I had forgotten it by the time I got home.

I couldn’t remember the greatest song in the world, so this blog is just a tribute.

Yes, I stole that from the D.