Thursday, August 03, 2006

Indiana Author Fair and Friends Book Sale Coming to Library on Saturday

New Castle-Henry County Public Library is hosting an Indiana Author Fair on Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. A Friends of the Library Sale and Swap will be held during the same time, with a preview sale for Friends members from noon to 1 p.m.

The Mid-Summer Indiana Author Fair will begin with an author forum from 1 to 2 p.m. Those interested in writing and publishing can bring their questions for the authors, who will discuss their own personal journeys to becoming published authors. From 2 to 5 p.m., authors will be available to sell, sign and talk about their books. The Author Fair will be held in the library’s auditorium.

Authors featured at the fair include the following:

Ruth Brookshire recently released a book of short stories entitled From the Cornfield Ghetto. Brookshire edits the quarterly magazine Weeds Corner. She is a retired schoolteacher from Tri High who worked in the magazine world in New York City. Weeds Corner is a family-friendly magazine that contains fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Brookshire will be selling her book, along with current and back issues of Weeds Corner on Saturday.

Troy Kennedy and Kevin Campbell will share their first book, Blessings of the Curse, which is a vampire story with a twist. Reviewer Sandy Amazeen calls the book “an interesting tale complete with a rich history and scale drawings of the assorted weapons used that horror and vampire fans are sure to enjoy.”

Dr. Mary Muchiri is an associate Professor of English at Taylor University. Her book Saved Through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenya’s War of Independence is about her family’s experience during the fight against the British Colonial government. Her latest book, due to be released soon, is His Banner Over Me is Love: The Dreams of an African Woman.

Tony Perona is a business writer turned author who will soon release the second book in his Nick Bertetto mystery series. His first book, Second Advent, began the Bertetto series. At the end of each story, the reader is challenged to decide for himself what the truth really is. There are always alternative explanations for what has occurred.

Charlene Perry recently released her second book, due out soon, is called Haunted Henry County, Volume 2: More Hoosier Tales of the Ghostly and Mysterious. The book includes tales of the Guyer Opera House, information about the Witch’s Circle (a cemetery that borders Delaware county), and the Legend of the Open Grave. Perry personally interviews people and takes photos to obtain information for her books. Perry will have copies of her first and second book.

Robert Reed follows a rich history in his book Indiana’s Covered Bridges. Indiana once ranked third in the nation in the number of covered bridges. Many of these beautiful structures are still standing today. Reed’s book features nearly 200 vintage photographs, representing more than 36 Indiana counties.

Terry Reeves is a children’s author from Fortville. His first book Six Little Kitties was illustrated by his granddaughter and was based on a true story about orphaned stray kittens who came to the author’s childhood home. Reeves’ latest book, Pogo Makes New Friends? focuses on a charming monkey.

Katherine Smith is a Knightstown resident who is making her mark in the world of mystery books. Smith has written nine novels, and is an avid fan of both mystery and romance. Her book The Summer Bones was named an Eppies finalist, and Blood is Thicker Than Water was a #1 mystery bestseller at the Fictionwise web site. Her latest book Seek Roses is due out in December.

Just down the hall from the author fair the Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale and swap. Those who donate a children’s book or a cookbook can receive two free items. All 25¢ books will be 6 for $1.

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