Lately, while looking for booksignings to post, I’ve noticed that a lot of authors are going to be appearing at various book festivals around the country.  I’ve only been to two book festivals, and have to admit that I didn’t really enjoy either one. The first I went to was the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. It’s held yearly in Chicago in early June, and the year I went it was unbelievably hot, and the festival was just packed. I really didn’t know what to expect, and ended up fighting the crowds for a few hours, trying to get close to tables with books, without a lot of success. I finally left, without buying anything or seeing any authors.

My second experience was the Texas Book Festival in Austin, held in October. I didn’t know the festival was happening, and happened to be downtown with a friend and discovered the festival by accident. We didn’t have a lot of time, so just rushed past a lot of tables. Once again, it was very hot, very crowded, and I didn’t buy anything.

Now I’m starting to wonder if my experiences are typical, or if I’m missing out on a good thing in book festivals. Have you ever gone to a book festival? If so, which one? Are there any opportunities to interact with authors, or to have them sign your books? Would you travel a long distance to get to one, or is it something really just for the locals?

Once again, I’ve found a number of romance author booksignings in the coming months. I’ve tried to list as many as I could find , but as always, could use your help. Do you know of any authors who are coming to your home town? If so, please let us know about it. If you know of any events that we missed between now and mid-March, please post them in the comments section. If you know of any events occurring after mid-March, please send them to us at aarbooksign  AT gmail.com and we’ll add them to our mid-March post.

Disclaimer: I found these signings by extensive Web searches of both author and bookseller sites. They all appear to be free, but please contact the bookstore before you attend an event for additional information. And please let us know if you do attend a booksigning, and how you liked it. A few of the authors on the list aren’t strictly romance authors, but have either been reviewed at AAR in the past, or have appeared in AAR forum discussions.

Upcoming Book Signings through late April, 2011:

Lenore Hart, February 19, Savannah Book Festival, 3:30 p.m., Telfair Square in the Sculpture Gallery, Savannah, GA.

Erin Hart, February 19, Sargent’s Nursery, 11:00 a.m., 3352 North Service Drive, Red Wing, MN (other  events on the authors Web site including Lake City and Brainerd, MN).

Nora Robets/J.D. Robb, Grace Burrowes, Mary Burton, Stephanie Dray, Jeaniene Frost, Pamela Palmer, Mary Reed and Vaughn Ripley. Turn the Page Bookstore, 12:00 p.m., 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, MD.

Sarah Pekkanen, February 22, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD.

Jeaniene Frost and Pamela Palmer, February 22, Books-A-Million, 7:00 p.m., 757 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, AL (other signings on the author’s Web site including New Orleans, LA).

Kim Harrison, February 23, Borders, 7:00 p.m., 3140 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor, MI. (other signings on the author’s Web site including Lansing, MI, Dayton and Cincinnati, OH, Des Moines, IA, and Tulsa, OK).

Eloisa James, February 24, Evergreen Park Public Library, TBA, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park, IL (other signings on the author’s Web site including Naperville, IL).

Kristina McMorris, February 25, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR.

Elizabeth Hoyt, February 27, Champaign Public Library, TBA, Champaign, IL.

Chelsea Cain, March 1, Powell’s Books, 7:30 p.m., 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR (other signings on the author’s Web site including Seattle and Bellingham, WA).

Terri Brisbin, Judi McCoy, Hope Ramsay, and Roni Denholtz, Barnes & Noble, 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Square Mall, 753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square Space 318, East Brunswick, NJ.

Rachael Herron, March 3, Bookshop West Portal, 7:00 p.m., 80 West Portal Ave., San Francisco, CA.

Patricia Briggs, March 4, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave., Roseville, MN  (also one in Oakbrook on March 2).

Patricia Sprinkle, March 4, FoxTale Book Shoppe, 6:30 p.m., 105 East Main St., Woodstock, GA.

Colleen Gleason, March 4, Barnes & Noble, 7:30 p.m., 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD.

Christina Meldrum, March 5, Book Passage, 7:00 p.m., 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA.

Jodi Picoult, March 8, Anderson’s Bookshop, TBA, Naperville, IL.

Julie James and Beth Kery, March 13, Barnes & Noble, 3:00 p.m., Webster Place, 1441 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.

Jade Lee, March 19, Rose’s Bookhouse, 3:00 p.m., 8935 Veterans Memorial PKWY, O’Fallon, MO.

Suzanne Brockmann, March 22, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., 4010 S. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL.

Kristin Hannah, March 28, Barnes & Noble,7:00 p.m., Lincoln Park, 7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300, Dallas, TX. (other signing in New York listed on B&N Web site).

Jacqueline Winspear, March 31, Nicola’s Books, TBA, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI (other signings on the publisher’s Web site including Scottsdale, AZ, Corte Madera and Los Angeles, CA, Naperville, IL, and Washington, DC)

Dreamin’ in Dallas (multi-author book signing at Dallas Area Romance Authors Conference, including Jo Davis, Lorraine Heath, Julia London, and Lori Wilde), 7:00 p.m., The Doubletree Hotel, 1981 North Central Expressway, Richardson, TX.

Lisa Cach, April 6, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m.,  University Village, 2675 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA.

Cheryl Ann Smith, April 9, Borders, 2:00 p.m., 3140 Lohr Rd, Ann Arbor, MI.

J.R. Ward, April 9, Borders, 2:00 p.m., 2785 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY

Luann Rice, April 11, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY.

– LinnieGayl AAR