Read local

Read local

Following the trend that encourages communities to shop local and eat local, the library has a day each spring where we encourage you to meet local authors and then take the opportunity to truly read local. It is a full day of events and a great chance to meet the local literati.

Local Author Day (Saturday, Mar. 24, 10 am) is in its 4th year and it is bigger and better than ever with more than 40 authors taking part in the festivities. This is a day where local authors get a chance to shine and share their talent with the community.

The day begins at 10 am  with a chance for writers to hone their writing skills and time management skills in back-to-back workshops that will have lots of great advice for authors and aspiring authors. Scott Morgan, author of “Character Development from the Inside Out,” will lead a workshop on character development for fiction writers  and Karen Miller, author of “Finish Your Book! A Time Management Guide for Writers” , discusses time management for writers.  No need to be published to attend, just click here to register!

The author fair begins at 1 pm with 40+ authors displaying and selling their books in our community room. You will have a chance to stroll around the room, chat with the authors, collect autographs on the books you purchase and support the efforts of local writers. There will also be readings from 1-4 pm in our front lobby. We have three featured authors this year and they will each read for approx. 15 minutes and 11 authors chosen by lottery will each read for approximately 5 minutes. The schedule of readings is as follows:


1:15 Cynthia Drew
1:25 Janet Purcell
1:35 Bart Jackson - Featured Author
1:50 GK Stritch
2:00 Finnoula Louise
2:10 Amy Julia Becker - Featured Author
2:25 Doug Elwood
2:35 Richard Stoll Armstrong
2:45 Tracy Kelleher
2:55 Carla Ulbrich - Featured Author
3:10 Stephen Tow 
2:20 Linda Levy
3:30 Joseph Glantz
3:40 David Gray

The day concludes with a very special appearance at 4 pm by the members of the Philadelphia-based "Liars Club" where they will discuss how they got published, give tips for aspirting writers, answer questions and sign copies of their anthology "Liar, Liar".

The LIARS CLUB (www.liarsclubphilly.com) is a group of professional writers from the Philadelphia area who give talks, workshops, signings and events in support of bookstores, libraries, literacy and the love of books.

The Liars Club lineup includes Jonathan Maberry (New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author and Marvel Comics writer); Gregory Frost (best-selling fantasy author); Solomon Jones (Daily News columnist and crime novelist); Jon McGoran (author of forensics thrillers for Penguin as D H Dublin); Kelly Simmons (women’s contemporary fiction author); Ed Pettit (book reviewer and renowned expert on Edgar Allen Poe); Dennis Tafoya (celebrated crime writer); Don Lafferty (publicist, social media guru, crime fiction and non fiction magazine feature writer), Marie Lamba (author of Young Adult novels); Merry Jones (mystery novelist and humorist), Keith Strunk (actor, playwright, historian and children’s storyteller) and Keith DeCandido (author of dozens of science fiction, fantasy and media tie-in novels); Stephen Susco (Author of more than 40 Screenplays including THE GRUDGE and THE GRUDGE 2).

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