Our first ever Local Author Mingle event at The King’s English Bookshop was such a huge success, I wanted to post a recap here to share with all of you! We had an incredible turnout with 20 authors and over 100 readers! It was such an amazing night. Seeing the readers so excited about meeting the authors and about reading their books, y’all, my heart was just so full. It by far exceeded any hopes I had when we first had the idea for this event during a book club meeting last spring. I’m thrilled to say that it’s going to become an annual event!
Our goal in hosting this event was to give readers the opportunity to get to know our local authors. So to kick off the evening, we did some author speed dating! We had the readers split up into groups, and then the authors paired off and rotated to each table, so the readers had time to chat with each of them.
Speaking to authors can be a little intimidating, so to help break the ice, we collected some fun facts from each of our authors and put them onto BINGO cards that the readers checked off throughout the evening to win prizes. It was a fun way to get conversations going and help our readers get to know our authors on a more personal level.
After the speed dating was over, readers were able to purchase copies of the authors’ books, get them signed, and mingle with each other and with the authors.
I’m tremendously grateful to live here in Salt Lake City and to be part of this phenomenal book community. We are extremely lucky to have so many talented authors here. I’m thankful for each of them and their willingness to participate in the event. Thank you so much to everyone who attended! It was such a special night that I’ll never forget. I hope to see you all there next year.