The panel/Q&As we put on at libraries through the New Jersey Authors' Network have proved quite successful, but lately, I've been thinking about how to put on some author events aimed primarily at readers.
First and foremost, I think I need to be able to offer libraries a finished package, requiring little or no work on their part (aside from promoting the event, of course), which would make the proposal much more attractive from their point of view.
The obvious thought is a book fair of some sort, perhaps combined with brief 'Meet the Author' sessions, held in another room (or rooms) throughout the day. The separate rooms could feature things like brief (500-word) readings or perhaps some form of 'Ask the Author' Q&A, depending on what folks want.
So far, I'm liking the idea, but I feel it needs something more, so I thought I'd seek some outside opinions.
If you have any suggestions, or you've seen something elsewhere that you feel might work for a multi-author event at a library, I'd love to hear about it.
With that in mind, my question for today is:
As a reader, what would you like to see at a multi-author event?