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Modesto area authors, public bind over books at Local Author Fair

Tom Dwyer looks over books at the 2014 Local Author Fair at the Stanislaus County Library in Modesto. The event returns from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Tom Dwyer looks over books at the 2014 Local Author Fair at the Stanislaus County Library in Modesto. The event returns from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. Modesto Bee file

Love a good book? Love to support your community? You can bind the two on Saturday at the Stanislaus County Library’s Local Author Fair.

This will mark the seventh annual celebration of Modesto area authors, which provides an opportunity for people to meet and support regional writers while giving the artists a chance to promote their works.

A selection of children’s, teen and adult titles in a variety of genres will be available for the public to peruse and purchase during the event, which will be held outdoors on the Modesto branch’s portico from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participating authors include Paula Treick DeBoard, whose books – “The Mourning Hours,” “The Drowning Girls” and “The Fragile World,” all published by MIRA, the literary arm of Harlequin – have garnered a national following.

Also published is Modesto author Ken White, who has joined the fair in past years and will be there again on Saturday, taking pre-orders for two new titles – Touchstones: Life and Times of Modesto” and “That Happiness Thing: A Hometown Fable.” His other books include “Getaway Day,” “Sarah’s Game” and “Nights on Point.”

It’s just fun to be there with other authors and to compare notes.

Author Ken White

He said the event “is all about literacy and reading books, whether it’s a hard copy or Kindle, and I think it’s a wonderful thing for the library to do.”

Other authors set to participate include Ray Adams, Eugene L. Conrotto, Howard E. Cowles, Gary Crawford, Ellen Cummins, Claudia Hagen, Charlene Harper, Wiley Joiner, Elizabeth A. Jones, William J. Kalanta, T.R. Logan, Shirley Mendonca, Major Mitchell, members of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center, Valerie Murphy, John Paul Padilla, Juliana Presto, Christina Nicole Smith, Maiv Txiab Vam Xeeb Yaj, Elizabeth Provost and Charles Wilkinson.

“We are lucky to have such a diverse group of authors participating in the Local Author Fair,” Laura Ferrell, Outreach Coordinator for the Stanislaus County Library, said in a press release. “It’s inspiring to hear their stories and learn about how they became published authors.”

Because the Modesto Certified Farmers Market coincides with the Author Fair – both are at the same time and along the same downtown street – it brings even more people to the book event, allowing the writers to get their works further into the community.

“I’ve sold a number of books and had the opportunity to talk about my books and about writing,” White said of the event, “which has been a wonderful experience.”

Pat Clark: 209-578-2312

Local Author Fair

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24

Where: 16th Street side of the Modesto Library portico, 1500 I St.

Admission: Free

Call: 209-558-7817

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