Robert Beatty is as enchanting as his new book
Robert Beatty addresses his Bookmarks 2015 Festival of Books audience.
Photo by Micki Bare
Downtown Winston-Salem was abuzz on Saturday with authors, vendors, food trucks and families who love reading. It was the annual Bookmarks 2015 Festival of Books and Piedmont Parent was right in the middle of all the action.
At our booth, we had children drawing pictures of their favorite book characters or scenes from their favorite books. We were registering families to win free tickets to the NC Zoo. And, while all this was great fun, one of the most exciting aspects of our experience was directly related to Robert Beatty, author of Serafina and the Black Cloak, Disney Hyperion, July 2015.
You see, Myra Wright, our publisher/editor, had the distinct privilege of escorting Beatty to and from his scheduled talk as well as introducing him.
If you have not yet heard of this breakout New York Times Bestseller, pay attention. Serafina and the Black Cloak was released two months ago. Ever since, bookstores — brick and mortar and online alike — have had difficulties keeping it in stock.
The story takes place in Asheville’s Biltmore Estate in the past. This is historical fiction that will enchant your 9 to 14 year olds — and probably younger and older children as well as parents. Here is the book trailer:
What struck me was not just the popularity of the book for this first-time author, but also Beatty’s rapport with his audience. And I’m not talking about the moms and dads. Parents were certainly present, but Beatty addressed his audience, the kids, during his presentation. Before he ever took the stage, he signed books and sat down to chat with young fans. During the Q & A, he called upon his readers, the children, to ask him questions. He was every bit as enchanting as his book.
Beatty will not be participating in any events after this month. But that is actually great news. He could not schedule appearances until the spring of 2016 because he is busy writing the next two books in the series, for which he recently signed a contract.
Serafina and the Black Cloak is one of those books that will kids up at night with a flashlight. But do enforce lights out. That way you will have a chance to read the book, too!