I Smell Sheep's very own Bianca Greenwood attended Once Upon a Book, Happily Ever After Ball & Author Signing in Frankenmuth, MI August 12-13, 2016 put together by author Stacey Rourke. She shares her experience!
This past weekend marked the first ever Once Upon a Book event. Held at picturesque Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn, the story-book themed event was a way for readers, authors, and publishers to connect over their mutual love of fiction.
The festivities began Friday evening with a storybook themed ball. Guests were asked to dress in formal or costumed attire, and they were only too happy to oblige. A brief awards ceremony followed the cocktail hour where award winners Mary Ting, Delphina Miyares, Whitney DeBoe/Alicia Michaels, and Ethan Rice received the honors. Dinner, consisting of traditional comfort foods, was followed by dancing. Throughout the evening, guests were also invited to the complimentary photo booth and OUAB selfie mirror; a
hand-decorated mirror reminiscent of that belonging to Snow White’s evil queen. Much fun and frivolity ensued.
Angela Gibbons and author Alex Tuttle
Angela Gibbons and Nathan Weller, cover model to Mary Ting and aspiring author
OUAB Selfie Mirror
The night life in Frankenmuth seems to wind down early, however, that didn’t stop my group from making the sojourn over the river via covered bridge following the festivities. The covered bridge was all too appropriate given the storybook theme of the event. Added to that was the coincidental fact that I was reading event organizer Stacey Rourke’s, Crane (read Bianca's review of Crane), a re-imagining of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow wherein a covered bridge features prominently. But I digress.
Saturday morning came quickly. VIP access to the author signing commenced at 9 AM. Dozens of authors were in place to distribute materials, meet their fans, and make new connections. I was able to meet some I Smell Sheep familiars such as Bridget Blackwood, as well as meet some new and upcoming talents in the world of speculative fiction. A wide array of genres was represented at the event, however, paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction were dominant.
Author Bridget Blackwood
Angela Gibbons, again. She bought about 6 books and is a super reader averaging about 200 books a year!
Below is my swag haul. I even won a hand written page by author Amy Richie.
Co-writing team N.D. Taylor and A. Payne
Overall, the event was well-organized. Stacy Rourke and her organizational team did a great job planning an fun-filled event. Attendees were well informed in the time leading up to the event, and judging by the light, fun atmosphere a pleasant time was had by all. OUAB was a family-friendly affair with activities organized for children during the ball and the signing, which wrapped up at 3 PM.
Be sure to check out next year's event