Local authors will be having their day on Sunday, February 23, when Schlow Centre Region Library hosts two events where readers and aspiring writers can meet, chat with, and have books signed by some of Central Pennsylvania’s published authors.
For fans of children’s books, Schlow’s Children’s Department will have “Meet the Authors” from 2 to 4 p.m. Besides meeting authors and illustrators, families also can try some fun activities. This year’s authors include Sue Partenheimer (The Castor Oil Rig Tales), Michael Bourgo (A to Z Animal Antics), and Joseph Moore (Maxwell, the Raindrop Who Wouldn’t Fall).
“Our Meet the Authors event is a great way for families to meet and interact with local authors while also enjoying make and take activities that correspond with the books,” says Paula Bannon, head of children’s services at Schlow. “This event is typically held in the spring and fall each year and has featured authors of picture books, chapter books, and children’s nonfiction. It’s also an opportunity for authors to talk to their readers and find out what kids are looking for in a book.”
Also that day, on the second floor, Schlow’s Adult Services Department will host “Indie Authors at the Mic” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Quiet Area. The participating authors cover a diverse number of genres and voices. They include thriller writers Sarah K. Stephens (It Was Always You and A Flash of Red) and J.L. Delozier (Con Me Once), Georgene A. Searfoss (Longings of the Heart: The Story of Elsie Machle White), Carline Crevecoeur, Dave Housley (Massive Cleansing Fire), Nicole Miyashiro, Cate Fricke, Ireca Sims, and Evan Witmer (Pages from the Pizza Crows). Each author will read briefly from their work and be available for book signings after the event. Book sales and light refreshments are made possible thanks to Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe.
“This is the first time we’ve organized an event like this and I think the public will embrace it,” says Maria Burchill, Schlow’s head of adult services. “I expect it to be a little like speed dating, but for books — a fun way to test out local authors’ stories and hear a little about how and why they started writing.”
For more information about Meet the Authors, Indie Authors at the Mic, and other events and services at Schlow, visit schlowlibrary.org and follow Schlow Library on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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