Saturday 5 am

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday 5 a.m.and I was already in my car, heading for Harrisburg PA.  It's been nearly six years since I last had cause to go to Harrisburg.  It's a nice little town (the locals remind me it's a nice little city).  I remember an annoying drive from here to there, but at 5 in the morning, an empty road, a cool breeze, pop some blues in the CD player, and at 7:15, I'm parking my car at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

I love when I get to spend a day surrounded by books, by writers and readers of all ages.  And the Capital Bookfest was no exception.  Not the biggest book festival, but perhaps the friendliest, a fine place to relax and to enjoy browsing and chatting books.

So I want to tell you about two authors.

I met Pete Trabucco for the first time (but not the last time) at Capital Bookfest.  Pete is from NJ, almost a neighbor, and he's the author of America's Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks (Tate Publishing, 2009).  If you love a good roller coaster  (and I do) you'll enjoy Pete's descriptions, you'll debate his rankings and you'll appreciate some of his lesser known recommendations.

I first met fellow mystery writer Sheila York last June at Deadly Ink.  Sheila and I shared a table on Saturday at Capital Bookfest.  Sheila's current mystery, A Good Knife's Work (Five Star, 2010) is set in the 1940s, and celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Think of the classic movies of the 40s and imagine then told from the woman's point-of-view.  Then go out and pick up a copy of A Good Knife's Work.

I had a lot of fun, sold some books and I get to do it all over again this Saturday, when I'll be at the Ocean County Library Bookfest in Toms River NJ from 11:00 to 3:00.

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