The kids and I had a fun time at Rocket City Lit Fest in 2015. I hadn’t heard anything about it this year, so I checked their web site. It turns out there won’t be a Lit Fest this year, though they are discussing 2017. First, though, they are looking at a YA/New Adult event and are trying to gauge interest.
Crowds weren’t huge last year, but it was the first year and there were some scheduling conflicts (another literary event in Nashville and an SEC football game – which is poison for any event in the area). With some additional marketing to build awareness and some more careful scheduling, it would attract a much larger crowd. My experience in the area is that many people here (especially young adults) are highly literate and creative with a wide variety of viewpoints and interests, and they enjoy meeting new like-minded people.
I hope they are able to put something together, both for the YA/New Adult event and a full festival. It’s a great local opportunity, and I know several authors here in Huntsville who would love the exposure and networking possibilities. There are a couple of local publishers who could do the same, and did last year. It’s also just a fun way to get attention for the growing arts culture in the area.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please share the link!