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Local Author Fair offers books, writing advice

Avid readers can find new books, and aspiring writers can get advice during the annual Local Author Fair Sunday in Ashland.

The free fair is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

More than 60 local authors will sell signed books, while writers and publishers will give tips during fast-paced talks.

Organizers encourage residents to read local and buy local. They note signed books make unique gifts for the holidays.

Free prize drawings of books donated by authors will take place every half hour.

Meanwhile, people who drop by can learn about topics such as working with an illustrator on a children’s book, and successful book marketing, during 15-minute talks.

The following talks will take place in the Guanajuato Room at the library:

  • 12:10 p.m. — Molly Tinsley of Fuze Publishing speaks on creating a narrative voice.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Ann Southcombe, author of “Tales from Gorilla Girl,” shares advice on writing a memoir.
  • 12:50 p.m. — Midge Raymond of Ashland Creek Press explores creating a sense of place.
  • 1:10 p.m. — Maureen Battistella of Southern Oregon University discusses her writing and collecting of stories tied to Southern Oregon.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Peggy Rubin, founding director of the Center for Sacred Theatre, talks about life as a sacred place.
  • 1:50 p.m. — Poet Amy Miller shares how to overcome writer’s block by writing a series of related poems.
  • 2:10 p.m. — USA Today best-selling author Brandt Legg reveals seven keys to selling books.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Jennifer Margulis offers five secrets of successful authors.
  • 2:50 p.m. — Michael Nieman, an award-winning author of international espionage thrillers, discusses “Aristotle’s Two Tips for Better Crime Fiction.”

In the library’s Children’s Department, authors will talk about various aspects of writing and publishing children’s books. Valerie Coulan speaks at 12:30 p.m., Judy Cox talks at 1:30 p.m. and Kim Griswell speaks at 2:30 p.m.

Related activities for kids will take place in the Children’s Department throughout the afternoon.

In the Teen Department, Sarah D. Silver will talk at 12:15 p.m., Jenny England will speak at 1:15 p.m. and Cherie Coon will talk at 2:15 p.m. Their short talks cover topics like writing for teens, writing from experience and creating a villain.

For more information about the Local Author Fair, see jcls.org/authorfair or call 541-774-6996.

Children’s book writer Kim Griswell will talk about how to work with an illustrator during the Local Author Fair in Ashland Sunday. Photo by Judy Cox