Books in Bloom: a Garden Party Celebration for Writers and Readers has been established by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation to promote the value of books and reading. The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors and to hear them speak about their work and various aspects of writing and publishing.
The Foundation believes that a literate populace is of paramount importance. Books offer inspiration, instruction and information as well as recreation. Reading helps build strong communications skills and stimulates the imagination which is vital for innovation.
Almost every aspect of Books in Bloom is organized by volunteers who generously contribute their time to this annual celebration of reading. Programs range from author readings, presentations, and children’s literary activities.
Past Books in Bloom authors have included: Lawrence Block, Crescent Dragonwagon, C.D. Wright, Deborah Crombie, Joan Hess, Donald Harington, and William Bernhardt.
Books in Bloom serves as one of the kick-off events for the Eureka Springs’ Festival of Arts, now in its 19th year.