When Book Bonanza 2021 was cancelled due to Covid, the organizers instead held a raffle to raise money for the chosen charities. One of the prizes up for grabs was two tickets to Book Bonanza 2022 and since these tickets are apparently harder to get than Super Bowl tickets, you can imagine my shock when I actually won them! For a weekend this past July, over 2,000 book lovers descended on Dallas, TX for the book signing and it was the most incredible event.
|The Gaylord Texan|
Held at the Gaylord Texan (which is itself a destination), Book Bonanza is the brainchild of author Colleen Hoover. This year was the biggest event they have held so far, with well over 100 authors. Thursday was registration for the event as well as the opening festivities. Also held Thursday night was the Smartypants Romance party, hosted by author Penny Reid. This was such a fun event with author interviews, meet and greets, and photos with Penny herself.
Friday and Saturday both started with a few hours of author panels, with topics ranging from Small Town Romance and Writing During Covid to Meet the Narrators and Adaptations of Books to Film. These were all very interesting and another way to interact with the authors. The afternoons were then each devoted to a 5 hour signing block. Despite there being almost 2,000 attendees, the signings actually went incredibly smoothly and lines were not nearly as bad as I worried they would be. I got to meet every author and narrator on my list. My hubby was a great sport, standing in every line with me, taking all the photos and carrying all my swag.
So lucky to have met:
Chris Brinkley (narrator)
Emma Lee Jayne
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful event – it was so incredible to be surrounded by so many book lovers and the authors were so enthusiastic, gracious, and friendly!
Have you ever been to Book Bonanza or another book signing? Who is your dream author to meet?