We are thrilled to announce that Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg is a sponsor of the Festival of the Arts! We at Spirit of the Hills are most grateful.
Jennifer Bogart is the store’s owner. She is the writer and editor of three published novels, and continues to write mid-grade and YA fiction while running her busy shop. She is a longtime supporter and member of Spirit of The Hills and a tireless committee member for the festival.
At Let’s Talk Books, Jennifer hosts very successful author readings and several popular reading groups. She also gives workshops on the basics of self-publishing. In fact, we are excited to have her give one at this year’s festival. It’s sure to be a popular work-shop. So get your tickets now!
We interviewed Jennifer:
Q: Why are you supporting the Festival of the Arts?
When I moved back to Northumberland County in 2014, one of the first things I looked for was a writing group, and I found it in the Spirit of the Hills Arts Association.
This dynamic organization encourages all artists, regardless of the medium they choose—written word, painting, photography, music, dance, sculpture, stained glass or multi-media—making it unique in its scope. The Festival of the Arts is an extension of this inclusivity, and that’s admirable.
Q: What services does your company offer and how long has it been existence?
Let’s Talk Books sells new-release literature, magazines, greeting cards and gifts. We also host a number of activities including book clubs, workshops, author appearances, and seasonal events. The store opened in 2016 when it was obvious Cobourg and the surrounding area needed an independent bookstore. Community is important to us, so we’re always looking for ways to improve, provide community-based services, and engage our customers.
Q: You sponsored the first festival in 2017: what are your hopes as a sponsor for the 2019 event?
I hope to see this festival flourish as it grows, not only embracing the local communities of Northumberland County but extending further to showcase what local artists have to offer. There is so much talent on display, and I challenge anyone to walk away unsatisfied.
Q: What is your connection to Northumberland?
I grew up in the countryside between the towns of Cobourg and Port Hope, went to university in Southwestern Ontario, moved to Ottawa for work, ended up near Montreal for my husband’s work, and finally, after 20 years of living in various cities, moved back “home.” My family is here, as are childhood friends, not to mention new friends I’ve made since returning.
Northumberland is a welcoming, inclusive community with so much to explore and enjoy. I can’t imagine living anywhere else and being this happy.
Let’s Talk Books is located at:
25 King Street East, Cobourg ON., K9A 1K6
289.252.2214 | email@example.com
Interview conducted by Michael Croucher, author and member of the FOTA organizing committee.