Kerrytown area residents and businesspeople, passionate bibliomanes from all over, and casual browsers to displays of books and crafts set up under the green-roofed sheds of the Farmers' Market.
At the inaugural BookFest last year, I spent a few hours staffing a table for the Observer, handing out copies of the Community Observer, selling a few Guest Guides, and chatting with any number of old friends who passed by. After Eve Silberman relieved me, I snuck away to catch Keith Taylor reading under the big tent near Fourth and then cruised the aisles. I snagged a free U-M libraries book bag for my daughter and bought one of the nostalgic "reconstructed landscapes" Chenille Sister Cheryl Dawdy makes from vintage postcards. I picked up a bookmark featuring a long-spiked agave flower from I Spy photographer Sally Bjork, bought losing tickets to the fund-raising raffle, and upgraded my casserole-making potential with a copy of Kitchen Port cofounder Ricky Agranoff's Cooking in Porcelain. When I heard about it later, I kicked myself for having missed Gillian Ferrington's demonstration of gyokatu fish printing. She actually took a whole fish from Monaghan's, inked it, and struck a print from it.