Local authors, silent auction will be featured at book fair Free event to give public insight into publishing

November 14, 1997|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

It will be a gathering of Carroll County's writing talent and aspirations in one spot, in a first-time fair to celebrate and explore the written word.

From 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Carroll Community College, Random House Book Fair will feature local authors in workshops, round-table and panel discussions, plus a silent auction of signed, first-edition and limited-edition books.

"I think it's very adventuresome of them to do it and to give the public a chance to participate in all the workshops they're giving," said Susan White-Bowden, one of the most experienced authors who will give advice at a workshop.

While several area colleges and universities offer classes in writing and publishing, the book fair is free, White-Bowden said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing if the public is going to take advantage of this," she said.

She will be able to tell writers about her experiences publishing her first book, "Everything to Live For" with Simon & Schuster, a second book with Baltimore-based Image Publishing and a third book (a fourth in the spring) that she self-published.

She will discuss the intricacies of publishing, such as the preference for authors who will show well on a book tour and be articulate on television.

The only time a participant will have to open a wallet is to buy a book, although the fair includes give-aways, and every child who attends will leave with one free book provided by Random House. Proceeds from the auction and other sales will benefit Carroll Community College Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the college.

The fair culminates a two-day celebration of books.

Today, Gov. Parris N. Glendening is expected to attend the dedication of the college's Random House Learning Resource Center, which includes a new two-story library.

Random House Inc., which has its primary distribution plant in Westminster, has supported the fair and the library, donating $250,000 to build the foundation for the building.

The remaining $7 million cost was paid by the state and county.

Participants may choose from several educational workshops, including:

A local authors round-table that includes White-Bowden, Ira Zepp and Jack L. Chalker.

Advice and insider information from romance novelists Binnie Braunstein, Eileen Buckholtz (also known as Rebecca York) and Karen Rose Smith.

How to get published, with Western Maryland College professor and author Rosemary Maxey, children's author Lois Szymanski, and author and Carroll County Historical Society Director Jay Graybeal.

Practical advice for aspiring fiction writers from Jody Nusholtz and Siobhan Wright, two Carroll Community College assistant professors who have master's degrees in creative writing.

A poetry reading by Bruce A. Jacobs, whose latest book of poetry is "Speaking Through My Skin." Local poets joining him for a reading and discussion include Susan Tegeler, Kathleen Adcock, Barbara DeCesare, Kevin Thornton and Lana R. Trabert.

From noon to 2 p.m., all authors participating in the fair will be available to sign books and meet participants. In addition to those listed above, authors will include David Bearr, Louis Diggs, Keith Gary, Joe Getty, Barbara Greenfeld, Dan Hartzler, Dean Minnick, Joan Prall, Mary Jo Putney and Bruce Waldron.

Children's events are scheduled. The winners of a children's writing contest, in which children submitted entries over the summer, will be announced and published.

Random House will make a variety of software for children available at a demonstration and sale.

Carroll County public library staff will read to children from 11 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. and 2: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children should attend with a parent or caregiver.

Educators will give a workshop on motivating children to read.

Tegeler will bring her experience as an artist, writer and musician a workshop of ideas and resources for children and adults.

"We have a lot of talent here in Carroll County," said Tegeler, who has been on a committee planning the book fair for a year.

"It's going to be wonderful because it's so focused on the writers and the businesses we have here in Carroll County. It gives exposure."

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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