Monday, December 1, 2014

My Next Adventure -Middletown Thrall Library's First Local Authors and Illustrators Showcase

My local library has been so good to me throughout my publishing adventures. Reference librarian Mary Flannery-Climes has offered moral support from the beginning and is always willing to listen to me go on and on about my next project.  Gail Myker, adult program coordinator, hosted a book reading and signing for Blue Hydrangeas and allowed me to present my Adventures in Publishing program "How to Independently Publish Your Own Book" to a wonderful audience. Library director Matt Pfisterer said "Yes!" to my suggestion that the library put on a local authors event. So it is with great pleasure that I take part in my latest adventure - Middletown Thrall Library's first Local Authors and Illustrators Showcase on Saturday, December 6th. 

The Hudson Valley is rich with talent, especially literary talent. This event is a great way to give these authors and artists exposure and to introduce them to readers who may be looking for something beyond the bestsellers. This free event promises to be a wonderful opportunity for readers to meet local authors, to learn about the publishing process, and to view these authors' books. It's also a great place to shop for holiday gifts.

“We are very pleased to provide an opportunity to connect a diverse group of really talented local authors with people who regularly come to Middletown Thrall Library in search of great reads and unique literary perspectives,” says library executive director Matt Pfisterer.   

The featured authors and illustrators come from all over the Hudson Valley and include Sandi Bischoff,  Maria Blon, Jeanne Bogino, Allie Boniface, Dawn Bonney, Carole Bugge, Bern Cohen, Matthew Field, Sharon Fox, Jason Gehlert,  MJ Hanley-Goff, Lynn Marie Houston, Liz Matis, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Lisa Vaughn, Fred and Barbara Weissman, Justine Williams, and Michael J. Worden. 

These authors represent a variety of genres including general fiction, romance, paranormal, fantasy, thriller, horror,  and crime, as well as poetry, memoir, cookbooks, writing instruction, and self-help.

Workshops with Maria Blon and MJ Hanley-Goff will also be available.

The first session (11 AM - 12:30 PM) will feature children's and young adult authors and illustrators. The second session (1 PM - 4:30 PM) will feature authors writing for adults. 

Refreshments will be served.  Author-donated items, including books, will be raffled off to attendees throughout the event. 

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or

If you're in the area, don't miss this event.

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