MANTECA -- Authors from near and far will greet the reading public Saturday at the Great Valley Bookfest.
Admission is free to the event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, off Highway 120 at Union Road.
Nearly 30 authors will be on hand. The festival will feature a costume parade, writer workshops, music, slam poetry, cooking demonstrations, and sales of books, food and beverages.
The authors include:
Ken Albala, a University of the Pacific history professor who has written or edited 16 books on food
Jennie Chadwick of Modesto, who writes action-adventure books for children ages 6 to 10
Rick Deutsch, author of "One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome"
Cherish Doll of Salida, who writes magical fiction for middle-schoolers
Jay Feldman, whose most recent book is "Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance and Secrecy in Modern America"
Kerry Harris, author of "The Devoted Cook" blog and original owner of Main Street Café & Catering in Manteca
Peggy Howard of Turlock, author of the murder mystery "Timing is Everything" and the memoir "Losing Brian"
Loretta Frances Ichord of Hickman, author of children's books on the history of American food and of dentistry
Linda Knoll of Modesto, author of the kids' picture book "Over in the Valley"
Robert Kroese of Ripon, author of the novel "Mercury Falls" and two sequels
William Kent Krueger, a Manteca native who writes the "Cork O'Connor" mystery series
John Mangelos, owner of the Barnwood Restaurant in Ripon, and his sister, Ella Mangelos-Velthoen of Ripon, authors of "Greek Gourmets" cookbooks
Michelle A.B. McKenzie of Oakdale, an attorney turned children's author who wrote "Beavers' Big Problem"
Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale, author of "Wisdom to Wellness: Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow"
Major Mitchell of Oakdale, author of eight novels and two children's books
Don Moyer of Ripon, author of "Tight Lines: Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher"
Valerie Murphy of Oakdale, who writes screenplays, children's stories and poetry
Claudia Newcorn of Modesto, author of the fantasy books "Crossover" and "Dark Fire"
Amy Elizabeth Smith, who teaches writing and literature at UOP and wrote the travel memoir "All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year's Journey with Jane"
Melinda Reynolds Tripp of Turlock, a teacher, writer, mentor and child safety advocate
Kimberly Van Meter of Oakdale, author of Harlequin romances and other works.
On the Net:For more on the authors, as well as a festival schedule, see www.greatvalleybookfest. org.