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6th Annual Local Authors Day in Sheffield

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Sheffield's Bushnell-Sage Library

If you have any lingering doubts that our region has more than its fair share of writers in residence, just take a look at the list (below) of 49 authors and illustrators who will be signing books in Sheffield on Saturday, November 1, at the 6th annual Bushnell-Sage Library’s Local Authors Day.  “It’s important for libraries to support local authors,” says Nancy Hahn, the Bushnell- Sage librarian, who started the event. “We don’t even make money from it.”
But, surely, this a fundraiser, right?
“No, it is not,” explains Hahn, “The life of the author is very solitary. This is a chance for them to trade ideas, discuss agents and publishers, find community, and meet their readers.. We even have a luncheon for them afterwards.” Unlike similar events where you have to buy a book to get it signed, you can bring your own worn copies of favorite books to be signed, although the authors will be selling their own brand new books, too. Hahn has a regional sense of what makes a local author. “We try to have as many as possible from Sheffield, of course, but we have writers from Connecticut and Columbia County, too.”

6th Annual Local Authors Day
Saturday, November 1; 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main Street, Sheffield; 413.229.7004

Authors & Illustrators: Peter Steiner, Joan Ackerman, Dan Valenti, Emily Arnold McCully, Jacqueline Rogers, Carole Gilligan, James Gilligan, Michael Ballon, David Anderegg, Gayle Harmelin, David Proskauer, Sonya Hamlin, Richard Greene, Barbara Shook Hazen, Betsy Howie, Chris Nye, Seymour “Rob” Robins, Sonia Pilcer, Stephen Donaldson, Andrew Pincus, Michael Citron and Tracy Mack, Jana Laiz, John Toffey, Robin Magowan, Jerry Posner, Michelle Gillette, Gary Leveille, Ben Hillman, Ruth and Milton Bass, Marlene Hurley Marshall, Irene Willis, Sue MacVeety, Laura Chester, Bernie Drew, Jonathan Baumbach, Derek Gentile, David Kherdian and Nonny Hogrogian, Hester Velmans, Jim Ciullo  and Lonnie Carter.

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