Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the bookfest?

We seek to "encourage interest in the literary arts by providing the public with personal access to significant authors and their published works". We believe that reading is important to personal growth and enlightenment.
This event is conducted by volunteers and is a non-profit organization. We have no paid staff. We rely on donations and sponsorships for financial support. In 2011, Blue Ridge Community College became a fully involved creative partner in our bookfest. 

How did this book festival originate?

In 2007 a few volunteers saw the need to support reading and writing in our area. Through their efforts the first annual Blue Ridge Bookfest was conducted in 2009. Since that first event, thousands of readers and dozens of writers have participated.

How is the festival organized?

We begin on Friday afternoon with free workshops lead by talented writers, educators or book industry professionals. Friday evening there is a reception and mixer (this is a ticketed event - tickets available at the door.) After the reception, the doors open to a free program. Then on Saturday morning until the close in the afternoon, authors make presentations and exhibit their books. We bring together about forty authors each year.

How are authors selected and recruited?

Our program committee is made up of avid readers. They start their task with a list of suggested authors from western North Carolina, the southeast and from across the nation. They read the books of many of those nominated. Finally, the committee narrows the list and contacts those authors whose books would likely appeal to the varied interests of those who attend our event.

Who can attend?

Open to the public, the bookfest is free and family-friendly. All types of books are included in the program. There are books that appeal to readers of all ages. Post event critiques consistently tell us that our visitors and authors enjoyed the event immensely.

Where is the Bookfest held?

Blue Ridge Community College is our host location. Find road and campus maps on this website. For those driving into our area, the campus is located just off I-26 at the Upward Road exit # 53. Follow the signs. This event is indoors in the Technology building. Ample parking is free and close to the building.

Will books be available for sale?

On Saturday, authors will be making presentations and visiting with reading public at their book signing tables. See the schedule on this website for the names of the presenting authors, titles and times. Management of the selling of the books will be handled by Malaprops Book Store. 

Will food be available for purchase?

Yes! A nice selection of sandwiches and wraps, snacks, coffee and other drinks are provided by local caterers. Vegetarians and those seeking gluten-free items will find selections, too.

 

Who are the principal sponsoring and cooperating partners?

Henderson County Travel & Tourism at the Visitor's Center was the first community resource to commit to a sponsoring partnership.

Blue Ridge Community College has become a partner with the bookfest. 

BRCC Educational Foundation began as our fiscal sponsor and continue to work with us.

The North Carolina Writers' Network and its western state affiliate NCWN West, The Writer's Workshop of Asheville and Together We Read were all very helpful.

How is the festival being organized and managed?

The planning, resource mobilization and policy development are directed by volunteers.  There is no paid staff.

Are there adequate lodging accommodations?

Hendersonville is a popular tourist and vacation destination.  There are varieties of accommodations available including bed & breakfast facilities, motels, inns, cabins and resorts—a total of almost 2,000 units!  Several of these facilities are among our event sponsors, and we recommend them for your consideration.  Find them on our web site.

Will food be available on-site?

The event site at Blue Ridge Community College is not located within walking distance to nearby restaurants.  Lunch is available for purchase in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall.

How will the showcase be publicized?

The Promotion/Publicity Committee brings media attention to the event through local print and broadcast outlets and at some distance across the southeast. We advertise outside the local area. Our web site reaches a wide audience of prospective attendees. Posters, rack cards, flyers and such, will further the reach of our promotion.