Weekend book festival brings visitors to Belfast

7:18 PM, Jul 31, 2011   |    comments
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BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Belfast was the place to be for fans of books this past weekend.

Many avid readers headed to the city for its first annual Belfast Bound Book Festival. Owners of several book stores and businesses spent months organizing it.

Area authors set up shop at many stores to sign and talk about their books with readers.  The event also provided a good boost for several new book stores in the city.

Store owners say despite Borders closing down and technology bringing reading to a new age, there are still people out there who prefer old fashioned back bound books.

"When we buy books for babies and children or children that come in, they can't get their hands on the book...the solid book...fast enough," said Gion Friddo, who owns "Beyond the Sea, Gallery Cafe" and helped organize the event. 

A number of authors came out to promote and sign their books, including NEWS CENTER's own Don Carrigan. Don authored a children's book which tells the true tale of Togus the Storm Center cat.

"Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home" shares the story of how the 22-pound feline was rescued and found a home with the Carrigans. It has already sold more than 2,000 copies since its release a few months ago.

Don and the book's illustrator Thomas Block were busy signing copies at "The Cool Spot" in Belfast. The book is available at a number of outlets, including Reny's department stores.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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