We recently had the honor of attending the 10th Annual Books on the Docks literary event in Morges, Switzerland. We went into the event cold, not knowing what to expect, feeling slightly intimidated by the language and the guests of honor. So many talented authors among us. Whew! Such events, if we pay close attention, can be grand learning opportunities and this experience was no exception. Here are a few of our take-a-ways.
1. Print is not dead and amen for that! With all of the movement towards online reading devices one can always wonder if print will one day become obsolete. My hope is that print never dies because there is something so extraordinary about holding a book, or a work of art in your hands. To flip through its pages, to connect with the text and to make notes in its margins, oh the joy. I love my books, and I love leaving tiny treasures on their pages in the hopes that one day my children will find them long after I am gone and understand me that much more.
This event reminded us that people still revere books. To witness others marvel at covers, read a line in a book and hold them close to their heart is truly a beautiful thing to witness. May we continue to value print, honor books and celebrate those who write them because at the end of the day, reading is a mighty powerful tool that has the opportunity to transport us, to guide the reader, to impart endless wisdom and impart powerful dreams.
2. Writing is a labor of love. Anyone who has tried to place an idea on paper knows this. There is immense pressure in writing and writing is almost always a solo journey that leads the author down a road of desire, despair, self loathing, obsession, only to return to, what may be fulfillment in the end.
Sitting in a room filled with authors is a humbling experience. As you observe how others receive their audience, the questions they field, the smiles that cross their faces as they hear the words that every author longs to hear, “Thank you,” or “Your book means a great deal to me,” you are reminded that you don’t write for the money because trust us, there isn’t much to be had, you write because you feel compelled to share your story, your passion or your love of the written word. You write with the hopes that one person finds your work meaningful and for us, we write because we believe the more people forge a deep relationship with the natural world our futures may become that much brighter. Connecting people to nature is not easy, but we believe the benefits are worth the effort.
As we leave this post, we feel overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you to our publishers for the invite and for those that organized such a grand event.