FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library Foundation will host BookFest Solano on April 11-12, 2015.
It is an event that will celebrate books, authors and reading in a jubilee of book talks, author appearances, contests and exhibits.
In connection with the two-day event, the foundation has kicked off a book contest with entries accepted through Dec. 31.
The book contest will recognize the best fiction, nonfiction and children’s book written by an author from Solano, Napa, or Yolo counties and published in 2013 or 2014.
A panel of 12 judges has been selected, including librarians; English teachers; teachers from elementary, secondary and college levels; book designers; and publishers, authors, editors, journalists and booksellers. They will consider such things as the quality of the writing, conventions of the genre, layout, editing, characterization, plot, cover, content, originality, presentation and so on.
Winners in each category will receive two free tickets to the Saturday night gala during the BookFest, where their books will be recognized and certificates will be given. Their books will be on display at the BookFest with time for the authors to meet the public, sell and sign their books.
BookFest Solano, with a theme of Growing Readers, Growing Writers, is free festival featuring an exhibit hall with booksellers, publishers, authors and book-related merchandise. Also included are people with book-crafting and marketing skills showcasing their products and services.
The BookFest will help the Library Foundation raise awareness and money for the adult and family literacy programs it supports.
For information about Bookfest Solano event or to enter the book contest, visit www.bookfestsolano.com. Inquiries may also be made by email to [email protected] or by calling 421-8075.
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