Author Fair at Wright Library

Wright Memorial Library sign

by Ed Davis on February 17, 2016

Writers Galore

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 2-4:00 p.m., I’ve been invited, along with nine other regional writers, to participate in an Author Fair at Wright Memorial Library, 1776 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood, Ohio. I’ll be in good company with well-published writers such as Katrina Kittle, Becky Morean and Sharon Short, all of whom will be displaying their books for sale. It’s a fine opportunity to chat with authors about their current books, plans for their next book as well as upcoming literary events in 2016. We’ll autograph books for you, too.

Writers Perform

Not only will we host tables in the library’s lovely reading rooms, but each of us will also share his/her work in 5-minute readings throughout the fair. Here’s the schedule:

2:00 – Peggy Barnes

2:10 – Molly Campbell

2:20 – Barbara Cerny

2:30 – Ed Davis

2:40 – Ann Hagedorn

2:50 – Katrina Kittle

3:00 – Alex Kudera

3:10 – P. Andrew Miller,

3:20 – Rebecca Morean

3:30 – Sharon Short

Open Mic:  the Prequel

Preceding the Author Fair, there will also be an open mic reading from 1-2:00 p.m. on the same day, featuring members of the Wright Library Poets (Matt Birdsall, Cecile Cary, Grace Curtis, Betsy Hughes, Fred Kirchner) and Wright Library Writers (Harold Coffman, Donald Peacock, and James Tajiri). These groups, too, include well-published writers, teachers and editors you’ll want to hear, meet and be inspired by.

Great Literary Venue

Having participated in literary events at Wright Memorial Library, and attended others, I can say it’s one of the best places in the Miami Valley to connect with readers. The historic building is itself a draw; but it’s the people that make it great. Reference Librarian (and poet extraordinaire) Elizabeth Schmidt plans and executes most of these events, and she gets the word out, attracting an extremely well-read, book-loving audience.

Shopping for a Writing Group?

This event could be a terrific opportunity to scope out the two library-sponsored groups mentioned above, which might be accepting new members. Plus, consider asking published writers about groups they’re aware of that might be looking for new members.

But feel free just to stop in and enjoy local writers at this worthiest of venues. In fact, come early and attend the open mic! I hope to see you at the fair!

P.S.– From now until the end of Lent, all proceeds from The Hedge Tree (paperback or Kindle), a new novel by my former student Laura Merrell will be going to Dignity San Francisco, the local chapter of an international organization for gay Catholics who refused to renounce sex or marriage and were thus banned from the mainstream Catholic Church.

 

 

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