The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.

Authors at the Orchard

Authors at the Orchard is celebrating African American History Month in February by showcasing the talents of local African American authors.

Saturday, February 7, 12 – 2 pm
Featured writers for this week include Jacqueline Williams-Hines, author of The Adventures of Suther Joshua from Planet Yethican, and Albert Garner, author of The Adventures of Dimi.

Saturday, February 14, 12 – 2 pm
Featured writers for this week include Lucy Lewis, author of I Am: Renewal from Within the Garden, and Eric Durham, author of the newly published Giving Up The Game: Revealing the Games That Men Play.

Saturday, February 21, 12 – 2 pm
Featured writers for this week include novelist Maryam Sullivan, author of The Size of a Mustard Seed and Oliver Akamnonu, author of Suppers of Many Dishes and many others.

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, all of the featured authors are women.

Saturday March 7, 12 – 2 pm (poetry): Lori Desrosiers (Westfield) and Jane Schneeloch (Springfield)

Saturday, March 14, 12 – 2 pm (children book & adult fiction): Diane Darin (Springfield) and Sandra Howell (Hampden)

Saturday, March 21, 12 – 2 pm (adult nonfiction): Betel Arnold (Springfield) and Joan Morris-Reilly (Springfield)

Saturday, March 28, 12 – 2 pm (adult fiction & non-fiction): Catherine Black (Springfield), Gerry Garner (Springfield) and Jacqueline Lynch (Chicopee)

Local authors Maria Luisa Arroyo (Springfield) and Kaolin (Northampton) participate in the September 2011 Author Fair.
Local authors Maria Luisa Arroyo (Springfield) and Kaolin (Northampton) participate in the September 2011 Author Fair.

Author Fair at the Central Library

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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Central Library Rotunda

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 sign and sell copies of their books to interested readers. Throughout the afternoon many of the authors will offer short public readings from their recent books. A wide range of books will be on display for adults, teens, and children to enjoy. Come to Fair and take stock in the pride of western Massachusetts!

The Fair brings together readers and writers so that readers will find books that interest them, and so that writers can better understand their audiences. It is also a service for book collectors who have an interest in small press books and signed copies. Writers are encouraged to network with one another.

Authors expected to attend:
** Richard Andersen (Montague), children’s book
** Betel Arnold (Springfield), autobiography
** Rita Bartholomew (Springfield), adult non-fiction
** Kathy-Ann Becker (Wendell), adult fiction
** Michael Dobbs (Springfield), adult non-fiction
** Matt Herring (Springfield), adult non-fiction
** Ellen Meeropol (Easthampton), adult fiction
** Patricia Morrison (Springfield), adult fiction
** Howard Odentz (Wilbraham), teen fiction
** Patrick Shanahan (Holyoke), children’s book
** Ariel Swan (Greenfield), adult fiction
** H. Triplett (Springfield), autobiography

Display Cases

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
Sparkie Allison
Clayton Arline
Maria Luisa Arroyo
Tim Baer
Michele P. Barker
Eric Bascom
Catherine Black
Calvin Bland
B.D. Bossidy
Latoya Bosworth
Tyler E. Boudreau
Crystal Senter Brown
Joanna Lillian Brown
Domingo Burgos
Durham Caldwell
Amy Caruso
Luze Casanova
Gineen Cooper
Catherine D’Agostino
Rico Daniele
Everett Decker
Cyndie Degnan
Lori Desrosiers
Michael Dialessi
G. Michael Dobbs
Marty Dobrow
Keshawn Dodds
Wayne Dusza
David Ewen
Laura Fedelia
Paula Finch
Gerry Fitzgerald
Saloma Miller Furlong
Nadine Gallo
Albert Garner
Gerry Garner
Carolyn Gibbs
Tzivia Gover
Susan Green
Donalyn Gross
Andrea Hairston
John Hamilton
Randy Haskins
Jack Y. Hess
Charlie Holmes
Sandra J. Howell
Blanche Jackson-Hill
Jacqueline Jock
Martha Johnson
Phil Johnson
Terry Johnson
Scotti Jones
Umm Juwayriyah
Loretta Kapinos
Judith Kappenman
Andrew Lam
Wayne LaPointe
David LaPorte
Pat Leuchtman
Joy Ellen Levine
Lucie Lewis
Jacqueline Lynch
Michael Maloni
Jose Martinez
Ellen Meeropol
Jolene Mercadante
Dawn Metcalf
Melva Michaelian
Lorene Morin
Husein Muhammad
Sister Maria Joseph Nace
Dean Nimmer
Gerry O’Brien
Dr Raymond Ogums
Stephen Louis Patrick
Amy Patt
Jeanne Probst
David Proctor
Randy Purinton
Price Van Ray
Joan Morris Reilly
Bobby Richardson
Martina Dianne Robinson
Mae Ronan
Phyllis St. George
Charlene St. Onge
Jane Schneeloch
John Sheirer
Elizabeth Slade
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Barbara Spear
Susan Stinson
Joanne Sullivan
Lori Szepelak
Narelle Thomas
Jean Thompson
Art Tipaldi
Courtney Vail
Eric Watts
Nick Wedlake
Tom Weiner
Yvonne Williams
Jacqueline Williams-Hines
Elaine Wolf
Jane Yolen


Follow the links listed below to find descriptions for many of the books written by local authors from Western Massachusetts.