Annual event supports local artists and authors

Saturday was a good day to find a new book to curl up with in Hockessin.

Hundreds of eager readers and art aficionados turned out for the annual Hockessin Art and Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hockessin Police Athletic League.

Newly relocated in the PAL gymnasium, co-organizer Rebecca Dowling said that the new space allowed for more vendors and less cramped conditions.

“We were really right on top of one another in the rest of the building,” Dowling said.

Over 30 vendors were on hand with their wares for sale, from books and traditional art, to comics, collectables, statuary, and glassware.

The popular event has no shortage of fans, many sporting bright orange book fair bags crammed with purchases.

“I’ve sold 12 books already,” said Rick DiDonato, author of the “Pipsie Nature Detective” kids series. “This is a great event.”

The fair also featured live readings from a variety of authors, and a performance by event co-chair Lee Zimmerman, otherwise known as “The Puppet Guy,” who put on a “rock n roll puppet show” on the kids stage.

“I hope they enjoyed it,” he said with a laugh. “It was a lot of improv.”

The Hockessin Art and Book Fair is co-sponsored by the Hockessin Book Shelf and New Castle County.