The Ink Penn

Another year, another Local Author Bookstore at Lemonade Days. 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of Lemonade Days and the fourth year you can not only shop the vendor booths for the usual variety of soap, baked goods, and jewelry but also browse and buy books. You never know; if you visit at the right time, you may even find an author signing books.

For the past several years, 15-20 authors have had books for sale at the bookstore, with some authors providing multiple titles. There’s always a wide variety of genres—something for everyone. Last year’s fiction selections included science fiction, southern literature, domestic suspense, creative nonfiction, medical suspense, and a book written by the dog.

In non-fiction, you could browse offerings on trails to hike, wisdom for coping with cancer, history and photos of Dunwoody and Brookhaven, two books of columns, and an ode to bicycling.

Perhaps you participated in the Bookstore in 2016, 2017, and/or 2018; perhaps not. Either way, we’d love to see you this year. 

The Bookstore is a great opportunity for authors to get exposure not only to the Dunwoody community but also to folks beyond Dunwoody who come out for this fun family event. Participating in the Bookstore is also a wonderful way to network with other authors.

For only a $50 tax-deductible donation to the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT), authors can submit 15 copies of one published book, or for a higher donation, they’re welcome to bring multiple titles. Volunteers do the lion’s share of the work. They set up and take down the bookstore. They arrange books on shelves, prominently display author bios, and sell, sell, sell.  Authors will also have the opportunity to sign up for one-hour time slots when they can meet readers and sign books. Depending on the weather, even Lord Banjo, the dog author, may get a chance to sign books.

It’s a win for all involved. The DPT raises funds to support the preservation of the history and heritage of the Dunwoody community, including the circa 1906 Cheek-Spruill House and the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, a public park owned by the city of Dunwoody. The community benefits by having these historic sites available; festival-goers discover books written by their neighbors, and authors get exposure to new readers.

Have you published a book, or do you know a Dunwoody resident who has? Participate as an author or alert your author friends to this opportunity. Registration for authors is open through April 6.

Are you an avid reader? Do you enjoy meeting authors? Consider volunteering to help man the booth for a few hours April 27-28. For more information on how to participate in either capacity, email inkpenn119@gmail. com.

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest, Amy’s Hallmark at the Forum, and on Amazon. Contact her at, and follow her on Facebook,

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