Successful Author Event To Become a Twice Yearly Tradition

On Saturday January twenty first Sun City Library hosted their wildly successful first annual Author...

On Saturday January twenty first Sun City Library hosted their wildly successful first annual Author's Meet and Greet Event. To the delighted surprise of many authors, the event produced a steady stream of interested patrons from beginning to end.

Local author Kay Murphy who was featuring her memoir, Tainted Legacy said, “You never know what to expect (when you come to these sort of signings), but this has been the best author event I have ever been to.”

The library was a smart venue for hosting such an author event in that it attracted a consistently pertinent crowd. Writers and readers alike enjoyed conversing with local authors who gave them insight into their published works as well as the writing and publishing process.

James Steffes and Rey Madeuno
Two war veterans were on hand to speak about their published war stories. While James Steffes's was a non-fictional account and Rey Madeuno's was a fictional integration of actual events, both men enthusiastically shared their war stories turned to books.

The Sun City Library Poetry Group shared excerpts from their soon to be released poetry compilation. Local poets Tina Walker and Pamela Wagstaff each exhibited their published works of poetry as well.

Children's authors
Several children’s authors attended, each sharing their illustrated stories for a younger audience. Rosa Dungereaux has written a four book series aimed at teaching children historical stories and fables they may not otherwise fully understand. Her books each include an art project, which Rosa has allowed teachers to reproduce and use in their classrooms.

Martin LastrapesOn the other end of the spectrum, literary horror author Martin Lastrapes featured his newly debuted novel, Inside the Outside, which has already been on the Amazon bestseller list three times. Mystery writer Bob White said of his sold out stock of Abducted, “If I had brought more, I would have sold more.”

The genres broadly ranged in topic from serious to more comedic. Of particular notice was George Gurney’s Cookbook for the Culinarily Challenged. Using humor and superfluous attention to detail, George explains to the most challenged of chefs how to make delicious recipes step by step.

Overall, the seventeen authors present described the day as "terrific". Sun City Library’s Shirley Wible assures us, “This will definitely be a twice yearly event from now on.” She hopes to develop the one-day signing into a week long festival including book readings and speakers.

George Gurney

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