Second annual International Book Fair draws top writers, artists

Benjamin Cruz

BENJAMIN CRUZ
City Times

Many local and national authors came to the second annual City Book Fair, along with booksellers and vendors, Oct. 5 and 6.

Author Daniel Reveles came to the fair with his latest book “Guacamole Dip,” a book of short stories about life in the small border city of Tecate.

“Being on the border, you see the flow of two cultures,” Reveles said. “In the U.S., we see tortillas and piñatas. We also have American ideas come to Mexico like the hotdog. Holidays go back and forth.”

Reveles was also a presenter and spoke on various writing tips. He said he recommends writers to write a bio for each of their characters to prevent any shallowness.

Others present at the fair were the Students In Free Enterprise. They were accepting book donations that will be sent to La Biblioteca Publica in San Miguel, Mexico. Christina Dickenson of The Book Works, a Del Mar book store, said they are selling books at the fair and will give a percent of the sales to the book fair as a donation.

“They invite us to come and sell books and in return we give back to the fair,” Dickenson said.

Other authors who spoke at the fair were Oakely Hall, David Bacon, Rebecca Solnit, Denise Chavez, Quincy Troupe, Mel Freilicher, Zoâ Keating and more.