Hudson -- Meet an author, buy a book and have it signed during the Ohio Author Book Fair.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society welcomes more than three dozen authors to its fourth Ohio Author Book Fair on July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Meet a favorite author or get acquainted with published and award winning authors and illustrators, according to Reference and Archives Librarians Kathy Jones and Jodie M. DeLamatre. All books will be available for purchase.
This year's Book Fair coincides with The First and Main Sidewalk Sale and Wine Festival, making it a community event, DeLamatre said. The event will take place in the rooms at the front of the library with the children authors outside, weather permitting.
People meet and talk with authors nationally, and the library is following the trend, DeLamatre said.
"Apparently, authors love to meet their readers as well," DeLamatre said. "We have no trouble filling our spots."
There is quite literally, something for anyone's taste, including authors of poetry, gluten-free cookbooks, Amish mysteries, romance, true crime, Ohio and American history, self-help, historical novels, children, teen and nature books.
"People come to meet the authors and chat with them," Jones said. "They look at books, purchase books and get them signed. People like to learn more about the authors or pick their brain about writing if they are an aspiring author."
In addition to the book fair, a panel of children's illustrators will discuss their craft from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The panel includes Lindsay Ward, Barry Gott and Sophie Cayless.
Andrea Klein from Akron's Bookseller Inc. Antiquarian Books & Magazines will be appraising up to three books per patron from 1-4 p.m.
Kicking off the Ohio Author Book Fair will be two author talks and book signings. Monday, July 14, will feature Cleveland author Michael Grant Jaffe, who wrote "When Blackness was a Virtue." He has published three other novels: "Whirlwind," "Skateaway" and "Dance Real Slow," which was made into a movie, "A Cool Dry Place." In "When Blackness Was a Virtue" Jaffe's protagonist faces a sudden downturn in his personal life and must deal with an ex-wife who makes his life miserable while he tries to keep his children happy in the midst of it all. He finds release for his frustrations through the violence of his bookie job as he tries to make sense of what happened to his life and hold onto his morality.
Then on Thursday, July 17, Case Western Reserve Associate Professor Michael Clune will discuss "White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin" chosen as a Best Book of 2013 by The New Yorker and NPR's On Point. It's Clune's memoir of his years of heroin addiction while attending graduate school.
Kabir Bhatia of National Public Radio's WKSU will interview both authors, Jones said. The interviews will last about half an hour followed by questions and answers from the audience.
Both books will be available for purchase from the Learned Owl Book Shop, and the authors will sign them.
Authors who will be present during the Ohio Author Book Fair
Adult fiction authors:
Bob Adamov -- "Zenobia: The Patriot Way;" Featured author at the Ernest Hemingway Literary Festival and runner up as Top Fiction in the Great Lakes.
George Anderson -- "A Chair Between the Rails."
Amy L. Boukair -- "Indigo."
Charles Cassady -- "Great Lakes Folklore: Legends of the Five Sisters."
Casey Daniels -- "A Tale of Two Biddies!" Written as Kylie Logan.
Sean DuBois Day -- "Tales From the Joint."
Harmony Ann Evans -- "Stealing Kisses;" 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award
Amanda Flower -- "Murder, Simply Stitched;" Agatha Award nomination under name Isabella Alan.
Michael Garriga -- "The Book of Duels;" Excerpted in "Esquire."
P.L. Gaus -- "The Names of Our Tears;" Recognized in NYT Book Review and Christian Science Monitor.
Kevin Keating -- "The Natural Order of Things;" 2013 nominee for the LA Times Book Award, Pushcart Prize & recipient of Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship.
Julie Lindsey -- "Murder Comes Ashore."
KaraLynne Mackrory -- "Falling for Mr. Darcy."
Russell Minar -- "Mirror of Freedom."
Richard Montanari -- "The Stolen Ones;" Online Mystery Award for First Mystery & is published in over 25 languages.
Karen Schubert -- "I Left my Wings on a Chair poetry;" Ohio arts Council Excellence Award in Poetry.
Jyotsna Sreenivasan -- "And Laughter Fell From the Sky;" Grant winner from Washington D.C. commission on the Arts & Humanities and creator of online bookstore, Gender Equality Bookstore.
Samuel Thomas -- "The Harlot's Tale:" A Midwife Mystery.
Robin Yocum -- "The Essay;" Winner of numerous writing awards from the Associated Press & Press Club of Ohio.
Adult non-fiction authors:
James Badal -- "In the Wake of the Butcher."
Susan Ellison Busch -- "Yearning for Normal."
Alan Dutka -- "Cleveland Calamaties: History of Storm, Fire & Pestilence."
Marty Gitlin -- "Great American Cereal Book;" Sportswriter first place for general excellence from the Associated Press.
William Kerrigan -- "Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard;" National Endowment for the Humanities Writing Grant
Wendy Koile -- "Legends and Treasure of Northern Ohio."
Gerry Koproski -- "Cooking Gluten Free: Healthy Recipes for Everyone."
Irv Korman -- "I Was Jackie Mason's Chauffeur for 5 Minutes and More Celebrity Encounters;" Numerous Communicator Awards and Chanticleer Award.
Debra Lape -- "Looking for Lizzie."
Matthew G. Lupica -- "The Baseball Stadium Insider."
Diana Miller -- "Getting Over Job Search Hurdles: Preparation & Positioning."
Julie Mitchell -- "365 Days of Hope and Praying Through the Psalms."
Chris Rudy -- "The Last Victim; Graduate of the FBI National Academy."
Rebecca Thomas -- "The Truth is...Confessions and Tips from an Elementary School Teacher."
Jane Ann Turzillo -- "Murder and Mayhem on Ohio's Rails;" Winner of several Ohio Press Awards.
Julie Zickefoose -- "The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds;" Library Journal's BEST BOOKS OF 2012: Science & Technology &2013 Ohioana Book Award, nonfiction.
Sophie Cayless -- "Beaver Tales;" Illustrator. History of Cuyahoga National Park Beaver Marsh.
Tish Dahlby -- "Pinklejinx;" Joy, the baker's daughter, takes special delight in planning extraordinary birthdays.
Barry Gott -- "Dino-Wrestling;" Illustrator. Follows a group of dinosaur friends as they try different sports.
Paul Orshoski -- "We Read Phonics series;" Fun, easy-reader series with simple games for phonics and sight words.
Lindsay Ward -- "Please Bring Balloons;" Illustrator. Young girl goes on a magical adventure with a polar bear.
Young Adult authors
Linda Ash -- "Rose of Par Kluhnd;" a fairy tale.
Jody Casella -- "Thin Space;" a paranormal romance thriller.
Mindy McGinnis -- "Not a Drop to Drink;" Chosen as a 'Choose to Read Ohio' book for teens, & nominated for the Ohioana Book Award.
Karen Meyer -- "Mysteries of the Ohio Frontier series;" Christian historical mystery series for middle school.
Natalie Richards -- "Six Months Later;" Romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the last page.