The Ozarks region is rich with authors and poets who lend diverse voices to children’s literature, religious topics, fiction, humor and history. The library is proud to represent them in our collections.
On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Library Center will play host to more than 40 such writers at the Authors’ Fair. It’s a great opportunity for visitors and budding writers to meet and talk with these authors and buy their autographed books.
The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library concourse and meeting rooms A and B, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.
This is the third year that library community relations copywriter Sarah Jane Rosendahl has organized the Authors’ Fair. Here are just some of the authors you’ll get to meet.
With the American Civil War Sesquicentennial coming up in 2011, readers may be interested to meet Frances Carver Black, of “Marking Civil War History in the Ozarks: A Guide to Civil War Markers and Monuments in Twenty-Four Southwest Missouri Counties.”
Also coming is Jeff Patrick, who wrote “Three Years With Wallace’s Zouaves: The Civil War Memoirs of Thomas Wise Durham;” “Fighting for Liberty and Right: The Civil War Diary of William Bluffton Miller, 75th Indiana Infantry,” and more.
Wayne Hancock plans to be there with his most recent mystery thriller, “Up On Crowley's Ridge.” You may know his others including “Gotcha!” “30 Days in May;” and “The Unlikely Predator.”
Also coming are Dave Dickerson, author of “On Board: To a Safer, Smarter, Healthier America;” Carl James, of “Aux Arcs: Black & White Photography of the Ozarks Region;” Jean Stringham, of “The Hoarders,” and many more.
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Genealogy continues to be a hot topic for library research, as one recent month showed. There were 6,375 searches or sessions from the library website on Ancestry.com, and 8,778 on HeritageQuest. The only site with more searches that month was NewsBank, with 10,015 searches.
If you need getting started or just want a boost with your research, the Ozarks Genealogical Society will sponsor a workshop by John Carter at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Library Center on “Ancestry.com: What information is available to help with your research?”
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