40 Oklahoma authors meet the public Oct. 11 at Stillwater Public Library's READ Local fair

Read Local(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Sept. 26, 2014) – The Stillwater Public Library’s READ Local Authors Fair is back for its second year on Saturday, Oct. 11. Featuring over forty Oklahoma authors, the event gives the public a chance to meet writers, purchase books and support Oklahoma’s strong writing community.

The fair was started last year to provide a platform for local authors and as a way to introduce the community to its homegrown talent. This year, the fair has expanded to include 20 authors with connections to the immediate area and 20 more from across the state.

“Oklahoma has a rich storytelling and oral tradition which has developed into an active writing community,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “We hope the fair helps provide the type of support our writers need to continue telling their stories.”

The fair, which runs from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., has expanded to two floors of the library and includes activities for children and teens.

“We want to include opportunities for all ages, not only to support our current authors but also to inspire our next generation of writers,” said Reynolds.

The library’s third floor will feature children’s authors along with activity stations set up and led by the OSU Writing Center.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be partnering with the OSU Writing Center,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “They are sending students to help kids at each of the stations where they will be doing things like pocket memoirs, build-a-book, story scrolls and leaf print poems. It is the perfect time to inspire our young writers and readers.”

At 11 a.m., the OSU Writing Center will be hosting an hour-long session to help teens develop their writing skills. The session is open to students in 6-12 grades and will take place in Room 202.

Another fair highlight includes a visit from bestselling author and courtroom drama master, William Bernhardt. Attendees can meet and have books signed by the veteran author of the Ben Kincaid and Red Sneakers Writers Book series. Bernhardt, who will be at the library teaching his “Just Fiction” writing course on the same day, will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Budding writers interested in the course may call Christine Nichols with OSU Arts and Sciences Outreach at (405) 744-8459.

To round out the activities, food trucks will be outside for those who want to stop in to eat, then shop. Food trucks include Nilima’s, featuring Indian cuisine, Kim’s Vietnamese Cuisine and the Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit. Outside tables will be providing for dining.

“Although the event is jam packed with fun activities, it all comes back to visiting the authors and finding out about their work,” said Reynolds. “These writers have books in almost every genre, including mystery, sci-fi, thrillers, local history, self-help, young adult and more. There will be a book of interest to every person who attends.”

Attendees will be encouraged to visit as many of the authors’ booths as they can and will be eligible for drawings based on those visits. Prizes will be given away each hour and include items sponsored by the Friends of the Library, books from University of Oklahoma Press and two comic book style caricatures from Don Rosencrans of Literati Press.

Entry is free, but anyone attending should come prepared with cash or checks to purchase books. Book purchases will be made from the authors directly. In addition, Rosencrans will be available to do comic book caricatures during the event for $10 each.

For more information about the authors fair, visit the library’s web site at http://library.stillwater.org or contact the library Help Desk at (405) 372-3633, ext. 106 or e-mail askalibrarian@stillwater.org

READ Local is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, OSU Writing Center, Stillwater NewsPress and KOSU.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.