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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fab Times at the British Faire

This weekend took me (along with a box of copies of The Key & the Flame) to the British Faire in Lenexa, KS. It's an annual fundraiser put on by several local chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire, who went all out this year to put on a gala event.
 
 
I wondered about the wisdom of setting up a table for a whole day with just my one lonely book to sell, but it turned out to be a great idea. While literary festivals and book fairs are the logical places to sell your books, sometimes you'll do better at an event whose theme somehow resonates with your story--and where there isn't a lot of competition from other titles. Because The Key & the Flame takes place in modern-day Britain as well as an alternate-reality, medieval-era Britain, it fit right in with the shortbread, Downtown Abbey memorabilia, and Doctor Who stuff up for sale. Here are some highlights:
 
photo: Steve Yates
The Royal Court graced us with their presence several times during the course of the day.
 
photo: Steve Yates
Watercolorist David Norwood, originally from a small town outside London, got a double dose of royal love.
 
photo: Steve Yates
Always nice to see Will and Kate. And Prince George was exceptionally well behaved.
 
photo: Steve Yates
 
 
photo: Steve Yates
The fine folks from The Queen's Pantry in Leavenworth, KS, helped me stock up on Scottish fudge, ginger beer, and Cadbury Flakes.
 
photo: Steve Yates
 
 
 
The DBE chapters setting up for the event
 
My pretty table, all ready to greet the readers. Primo spot: Right next to the gourmet cheese shop!
 
This stack kept shrinking throughout the day. :)
 
photo: Steve Yates
 
It was great fun meeting so many Anglophiles this weekend! Thanks to all the wonderful readers who completely emptied my inventory, my hubs for bringing by an additional box of books, and especially to the Daughters of the British Empire for inviting me. I can't wait till next year!
 
 
images: Where noted, Steve Yates took these photos for the Community Faces feature at kansascity.com. To view Steve's entire slide show of the British Faire, click here. (Unlabeled photos were taken by yours truly except for the top image, taken by my lovely daughter.)
 

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