Authors, readers, publishers visit Williamsburg Book Festival


Curious readers and authors from around the Peninsula came to the Stryker Center Saturday for a look at books on everything from science fiction to romance.

The festival has been in place since 2013. This was the first year that organizers decided to bring publishers into the event.

David Kane runs the American History Press, based in Staunton, and said the festival is a big step toward getting the name of the company out there.

“We were doing reprints at first, doing books that had originally gone out of print,” he said. “Now we get maybe 10 requests a month from authors.”

Hampton-based author Jacqueline Johnson wrote two of her five books more than two decades ago, but didn’t actually get them published until her oldest son moved out of the house and into the world.

Writing has been a passion of hers, and Johnson said she made sure to maintain that even with a full-time job by writing some each day.

“I love anime, and I really love video games. When I went through the editing process for my first book, my editor said it read like an anime, and I appreciated that.”

Johnson came to the the festival with four books. She has a fifth book finished, but it has not published as of yet.

“I was here last year,” she said. “It’s a good way to get my name out there and show one of my passions, which is writing.”

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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