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It was great to meet several of the authors participating in the 2012 Burlington Book Festival over the weekend. Readings, signings, workshops, book sales and demonstrations happened in different venues located in downtown Burlington. The Queen City's 8th annual celebration of the written word featured literary luminaries from around the world-and just around the corner. Activities provided a great way for beginning writers to learn about self-publishing, and creating a web site to promote their works. Events also allowed readers to meet established authors. Participating authors this year included Pulitzer Prize-Winning poet Tracy Smith, and author Michael Hastings, whose book, The Operators, is being turned into a film by Brad Pitt's company, Plan B. I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Kisonak, our Borderless North film critic and the founder of the festival. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea inspired the audience at the opening ceremony. For more information about the yearly book festival click here.