Sunday was my fourth time as an author at the Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown. It was hands down the best experience I have had so far! Even considering the rain, it was an off-the-charts experience. I mean, I was lucky enough to be assigned a brand new, out-of-the-box tent, so I not only kept dry, but during the rain the tent brought in more people than the best carnival barker on a good day. And by day's end, I think I had visited with nearly everyone Joan or I had ever met during our 30-plus years in Marshalltown. And I should also mention the food and music, both served up in ample, Iowa-sized portions. But the best part, by far, was spending the day at the same table with Rekha Basu.
I had, of course, read her columns and those of her husband Rob Borsellino, but I had never met either. Rekha was invited to the festival to feature her book, "Finding Her Voice," as well as Rob Borsellino's collection of columns, "So I'm talking to this guy" During the few lulls between visitors coming up to tell Rekha how much they loved Rob's writing or that her column was the first thing they read each time they picked up the Register, I got to talk with her one on one. We shared experiences about publishing and marketing books and I answered questions about Marshalltown. And, of course, we talked about Rob.
I want to send out a huge thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the festival, for what was a wonderful day well spent at a typically Iowa event!