The first ever Paper Trail took place this past weekend as local businesses and organizations in Downtown Flagstaff opened their doors to the community’s literary enthusiasts to celebrate the written and spoken word. Bridget Rowan (a Bookmans alumnus) and John Quinonez came up with Paper Trail in June while hanging out in the Bookmans Cafe, where all great ideas are born. They wanted to create an event that highlights the literary community of our beautiful mountain town in a way similar to First Friday Art Walks. And so Paper Trail was born. We couldn’t wait to get involved! With community partners like Flagstaff Public Library and Black Rose, Bookmans was in excellent company.

Paper Trail

Things got started Friday night with live music at Firecreek including a performance by Bookmans favorite Teddy’s Bullet. On Saturday, Flagstaff Public Library hosted a teen book club and by partnering with Firecreek Coffee Company, anyone who checked out a Library book received 10% off a beverage of their choice at Firecreek. The fun didn’t stop there. There was Astronomy for Everyone with Kevin Manning at Flagstaff City Hall and a Take a Book, Leave a Book station set up by Black Rose.

Bookmans took up shop at Firecreek Cafe on Saturday afternoon, enjoying live music by a cappella performer Holly Pyle as Paper Trail attendants took their chance at the Bookmans prize wheel. The weekend concluded with a Regional Poetry Slam competition.

Paper Trail is a non-profit seasonal event open to all ages. Find out how you can be a part of this event by visiting the Flagstaff Paper Trail Facebook page.