Springfield Writes to showcase 24 authors

The library will host the debut fair.

What do a zombie apocalypse love story, a grunch, Farwalkers and salt have in common?

They sprang from the minds of area writers as subjects of books they’ve had published.

Twenty-four local authors will be recognized at the first Springfield Writes Local Author Fair at the Clark County Public Library, 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

There is no cost to attend.

Fiction, nonfiction, children’s and teen subjects in numerous genres will be represented, says the library public relations manager Allison Peck.

“We’ve had requests for local authors, and, rather than do just one at a time, we thought we’d give them a bigger platform as a better way to connect with the audience as well as with other authors.”

The authors are from Springfield, Enon, New Carlisle and Greene County. Some went with traditional publishers and others were self-published.

Peck said the fair will be free-form. Attendees can discuss the authors’ works, pick their brains on how to get published and the routes they took or discover their work.

Most will also have copies of their books for sale and will sign on request.

Find self-help, religion, biographical, health, cultural, romances, historical and younger reader stories among the varied material.

Authors scheduled to appear include: Farzana Moon, Jessie Shropshire, Ken Whitt, Bernie Palmatier, Dr. Surender Neravetla, Peggy Hanna, Nancy Flinchbaugh, Barbara Arnold, James Layne, Carl S. Plumer, Roanne FitzGibbon, Rebecca Benston, N. Gemini Sasson, Angela Henry, Roger Kramer, Dr. Mary Jo Groves, Janet Niles, Jennifer Brown, Tanya Anderson, Anna Clara Gee Blackwell, Ardella Reliford, Joni Sensell, Sheenah Freitas and E. Simone Copeland.

The author fair will be preceded from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gaier Room with Publishing 101 with Kelsey Swindler of publisher Orange Frazer Press. She’ll give advice and answer questions about the publishing the traditional way.

There will also be some interactive fun with the “Find the Kraken” game, in which visitors use a map to locate the mythical creatures placed around the library for prizes.

Peck said in addition to the author fair, she hopes people will discover, or rediscover, the library and all its offerings.

“See what we have: framed arts, DVDs, music, eBooks, free online classes,” she said.

Peck added the staff would like to see the author fair become an annual event, with new authors inspired by the event being added every year with their works.

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