The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch
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Join us for a talk and book signing with gifted local author Suzanne Strempek Shea. Suzanne will give fans of her splendid novels the latest news about her numerous writing projects and will also sign copies of her books that will be available to purchase.
After taking a break from authoring novels, she recently released her new, splendid ninth novel Making a Wish but not for Money that does not disappoint. The heartwarming book tells of “Rosie Pilch, whose lifelong job as a bank teller is lost in the recession, and her subsequent depression ends only when a friend elopes, moves and leaves Rosie her palm-reading business at Orchard Mall, once a groundbreaking shopping experience touted as ‘Main Street Recreated,’ now a sluggish ‘dead mall’ in its last months of existence before the wrecking ball arrives.”–Jacket. You won’t believe what happens next in this fantastic and heartwarming story.
Don’t miss this special afternoon with Suzanne Strempek Shea.
Author Talk: The Books of Andrew Lam
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 1:30 p.m., Sixteen Acres Branch Library (Community Room)
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Join us for an engaging talk by writer and physician Andrew Lam. Dr. Lam is the author of the 2013 book Saving Sight, a fascinating work of non-fiction about pioneering practices in eye health and corrective surgery. His latest book, Two Sons of China, is a powerful novel based on a real life event from the close of World War II. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this accomplished local author! For more information on Dr. Andrew Lam, visit his website.
Author Fair at the Central Library
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Central Library Rotunda
The Library’s biannual Author Fairs provide occasions for writers to connect with interested readers and new audiences. In addition book collectors in pursuit of signed books or small press books have an opportunity to add to their collections. You won’t be disappointed, and we really do look forward to seeing you at the Library! Please call the Central Library at 413-263-6828, ext. 221 if you have any questions.
Come to the Fair to meet local authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on-hand to discuss their books, their work as published writers, and to sell and sign copies of their books to interested readers. A wide range of books will be on display including novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more. Come to Fair and take stock in the pride of western Massachusetts!
- Kevin Allen (Westfield) adult fiction
- B.D. Bossidy (Longmeadow) tween fiction
- Lisa Cain (Amherst) adult & teen nonfiction
- Joseph Eddington (Springfield) adult fiction
- Judith Foard (Westfield) adult & teen fiction
- Randy Haskins (Springfield) adult nonfiction
- Alicia Hunter (Springfield) children nonfiction
- Jacqueline Lynch (Chicopee) adult fiction, nonfiction, & biography
- Robert McMaster (Williamsburg) adult fiction
- Missy-Marie Montgomery (Springfield) adult poetry
- Mark Nickerson (Leverett) adult nonfiction
- Allen Woods (Greenfield) adult fiction
The Springfield City Library maintains a public display of books written by local authors in an effort to highlight local talent and achievement. The display is currently housed on the lowest level of the Central Library in three glass cases near the Lower Circulation Desk. In most cases circulating copies are available of all titles on display so please ask a librarian if you see anything you would like to read or review.
List of Local Authors
Western Massachusetts has long been home to dozens of famous and influential writers including historical figures like Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson, contemporary novelist Anita Shreve (Longmeadow), and also Springfield natives Robert B. Parker and Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). The list below includes some of the many local authors that have participated in programming at the Springfield City Library.
Dr. Oliver Osita Akamnonu
Maria Luisa Arroyo
Michele P. Barker
Tyler E. Boudreau
Crystal Senter Brown
Joanna Lillian Brown
G. Michael Dobbs
Saloma Miller Furlong
Jack Y. Hess
Sandra J. Howell
Joy Ellen Levine
Sister Maria Joseph Nace
Dr Raymond Ogums
Stephen Louis Patrick
Price Van Ray
Joan Morris Reilly
Martina Dianne Robinson
Phyllis St. George
Charlene St. Onge
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Follow the links listed below to find descriptions for many of the books written by local authors from Western Massachusetts.