This Happens Every Year?

I moved to Boston in the fall of 2006 and lived in Bean Town until 2012 when I moved to London. During that time, I never attended the Boston Book Festival held in October. I remember hearing of it, but for some reason, I just didn’t go, or I’d hear about it after the fact, which is often the case for me.

Recently, when one of my writing buddies asked me to go, I said, “Hell yes.” Okay, I probably didn’t say those words, but it was something close. I’ve been trying to network more, which isn’t my comfort zone, because shocking news, I’m a shy writer. However, I’ve really been pushing myself to get out there more, and my buddy was manning a table so it seemed like a good opportunity to go see what it’s all about.

The day was lovely. October weather in Massachusetts can be hit or miss, but this was a picture-perfect fall day. The sky was a stunning blue. Some of the trees were aflame with autumn colors. There were book stalls and food vendors, including an ice cream truck. It had all the things I loved.

While my friend worked, I wandered to different tables, struck up conversations, and purchased quite a few books. More than I intended and my backpack became quite heavy, but this isn’t the first time this has happened to me.

I’m already looking forward to attending the event next year, as long as the weather isn’t shite. I’m getting to that age where I’d rather not freeze my buttocks off for the sake of going. If it’s rainy or snowing, I’ll probably stay home with hot chocolate and read. Either way, it’s a win.

The day after the book fair, which was a Sunday, I was struck with a violent case of food poisoning. I really have no idea if it was any of the food I ate at the event, although I don’t think that’s likely since my friend didn’t get sick. And to be completely honest, I’m a terrible cook and have poisoned myself before.




Speaking of food poisoning, there’s a scene in A Woman Loved, where some of the characters get sick. The audiobook should be out just in time for the holidays, and I’m running a giveaway.

If you’re a US or UK Audible listener, email me at with A Woman Loved Audiobook Giveaway in the subject line. In the body of the email, let me know if you have access to the US or UK store. The giveaway ends on November 30th.

Have you attended any book events that I should put on my radar?

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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7 Responses to This Happens Every Year?

  1. butchjax says:

    Can we send you to a food safety class?! I’m now rather concerned for you. 🙂

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