Booklovers have the opportunity to converge on the capital this weekend with the N.C. Book Festival running February 21st through the 24. Practitioners of poetry and pose will gather for meet-and-greets, readings, panel discussions, and “conversations” with authors ranging from North Carolina natives to notables from around the country. This event isn’t just centralized like last time Raleigh hosted a book festival but will be at multiple locations.
These locations, which can be found here (https://ncbookfestival.com/schedule/), take you to different areas in downtown Raleigh, and will allow visitors to not only explore the city a bit but the events themselves will bring you to or near museums, book stores, NCSU’s Hunt Library, breweries and bars, as well as, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
If this event is anything like the last, it will be great for readers and writers alike as authors talk about everything from the writing process, their work, the publishing process, and more. Also, the organizers of the event has say, “Another core element to this year’s festival is the book fair. A platform for local presses, authors, and vendors, the book fair will foster an appreciation for, and a familiarity with, the people and organizations who advocate for the authors and artists we love and produce and distribute the work that is so important to our cultural lives.”
While Raleigh may be a bit of a trek for folks here in the western part of the state, it’s not a bad getaway for the weekend if you’re looking to surround yourself with fellow bibliophiles and check out some books along the way. From the libraries in Wake County to used bookstores to the festival itself, this weekend looks to be shaping up as quite the event and, on a personal note, we hope the book festival is going to become an annual event, even if it requires moving it across the state from year to year. I mean, I bet Buncombe County would be willing to host.
Yes, we’re biased booklovers and there are other things that could take up your weekend here in the western part of the Old North State, but having an opportunity to support authors, especially those from North Carolina, isn’t something that’s very common. It’s even rarer to have so many in one place, and no we’re not being paid to promote this event, but having experienced the last one, we can say it’s a great time and opportunity for those around Raleigh or anyone willing to take a drive a little ways down the road.