Literary festivals abound across our country, a boon for readers and writers. I committed this week to blog in honor of Alaska Book Week, started by a dear writer friend Deb Vanasse. Deb also launched 49 Writers, a blog that links writers around that state. What is terrific about both the festival and the blog is that it exists for all readers and writers, not just the adult market. Here in Spokane every April Get Lit! takes place. A wonderful array of presentations and workshops that also includes children’s/YA writers. It takes ongoing support of writers and teachers to make sure children’s literature isn’t left out, but well worth the effort. How about in your community? Does your community have a festival or conference for book lovers of all ages? Let us know.

I have received agent and book news from several alums and will post tomorrow on exciting developments.