I just learned some exciting news from the Cherokee Tribune. As you may or may not know, the Canton Festival of the Arts is this weekend. I have been to the festival in previous years and enjoyed it very much. There are so many talented artists there displaying their craft, and of course there are all the carnival-type concessions and activities for the kiddos. This year's Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday at Brown Park in front of Canton City Hall.
This year, there's going to be something new! Yawn's Books & More is partnering with festival sponsor Cherokee Arts Center to hold a Literary Celebration! This free event will be happening from 9 am to 5 pm at the Canton City Hall Auditorium. There will be eight panel talks featuring more than 30 authors. Patricia Sprinkle, Rebecca Johnston and Cynthia Simmons will be among them, so if you missed their appearance here, you'll want to be sure to catch them this time. Joining them will be Patti Callahan Henry, Karen White, J.T. Ellison and my dear friend Juanita Hughes, among other noted writers and illustrators. You can read the full Tribune story, and see the panel schedule here.
If all goes well, they plan to make this literary festival an annual event. That would be a great thing for our community! I hope you will all come out and support the literary arts this weekend, and eat some cotton candy for me!