|A panel moderated by Johanna Albrecht featured John Claude Bemis, Karina Yan Glaser, Angela Dominquez and Stuart Gibbs.|
Last Saturday, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, N.C. hosted the inaugural Whirlikids BookFest in the Fearrington Barn. The festival focused on early to middle grade readers and featured several authors, including Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Angela Dominguez, Stuart Gibbs, Emily Jenkins, Ursula Vernon and Alan Gratz.
Describing the event as an unqualified success with hundreds of attendees, festival coordinator Sarah Carr said, "Whirlikids gave kids a chance to meet their favorite authors and to discover new ones. It was such a joy to see so many young readers clutching stacks of books in their hands just chomping at the bit to open them to new adventures."
Mlynowski agreed: "What a magical book festival--I was wowed by their cows, crowds, and gorgeous barn! McIntyre's Books took amazing care of their local and guest authors and created an unforgettable, fairy-tale day for kids, parents, readers and writers."