Thank you to all authors and volunteers who brought their books, time and enthusiasm to the GWG stand at the Salon du Livre at Palexpo Geneva from the 27th April to the 1st of May.
Although the Salon officially dropped the word 'International' from its title, there were many writers and publishers invited from all over the world, including the famously reclusive Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, who resides in Geneva.
A number of big names may have been missing (Le Temps, RTS and the like), but the interactive events were larger than ever, as was the children's section. There were also many new stages this year, in addition to the traditional ones of 'Crime', 'Travel', 'African' and 'Arab' cultures. The Young Adult section, for instance, proved particularly popular, as did the Philosophy debates.
The GWG stand was small but perfectly formed, decorated and organised by Catherine Nelson-Pollard, ably helped by Caroline Thonger. Here are our two dynamos during the fair.
We had a number of enquiries about the group and our events, but we were also asked what sort of books our authors had published. It would have been nice to be able to show more of them, from our 100+ published members. Admittedly, the Salon is not the ideal place to sell lots of books, so there was little incentive to bring all of them in. However, we were unmissable with our large poster!
Perhaps next year we should create a wallpaper for our stand with all of our book covers to add a bit of colour to the restrained artwork of our Offshoots covers? What do you think? Luckily, Peter St. John Dawe was there with his bright yellow cart on Saturday...
Thank you all for your visits, smiles, croissants, nibbles and encouragements! A la prochaine!