• Jessie Oliveros

Boerne Book and Arts Festival

Boerne, Texas is a sweet town just north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It's one of the best, local "get-away" places. And beautiful, too. In fact, before my number four came along, we took our family pictures there--against the backdrops of Cibolo Creek and the old metal and brick surfaces of the quaint downtown.


So when I learned that our SCBWI chapter hosted a tent at the Boerne Book and Arts Festival, I jumped at the chance to spend a day with book people in one of my favorite Texas towns.


While I loved the energy of signing at ALA and TLA, there was a soft serenity of signing at the book fair of a sleepy town. I had a table under the tent, right in the path of a lovely breeze that told me this brutal Texas summer is officially on its way out. I was able to chat with many people about The Remember Balloons, really investing the time to explain the story and the inspiration behind it as well as answer their questions.


And my favorite? The kids of course. I loved offering them balloon stickers and bookmarks. I loved getting to get to know them and their grown-up as they decorated a remember balloon with their own memory at my signing table.


I even had a few moments to enjoy the fair myself--looking at the beautiful jewelry, tasting the local fare, and watching a sweet class of ballerinas perform at the gazebo just behind our tent.


I am so grateful for all the opportunities being an author affords. And for the readers that make this all possible.