The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.
Katherine Kraver Book Signing
Wednesday, March 29, From 6:00-7:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch AND
Saturday, April 1, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Sixteen Acres Branch
Celebrate International Children’s Book Day! Join us for a special family event featuring local author and educator Katherine Kraver. A globetrotter who has visited Jordan, Haiti and two dozen other countries, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees and hardships that children face across the globe.
She will be reading from her newest book, The Boy with the Red Shoes. This moving story centers on the hardships that a young boy goes through in Haiti whose home and community is destroyed by an earthquake.
The program will also include crafts, a slide show on the author’s travels and writing process, and a book signing. $1.00 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to The Red Cross to help children.
Author Fairs at the Central Library
The Spring Author Fair
March 4, 2017, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m
Central Library Rotunda
Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on hand to discuss their books, writing, and to sell and sign copies of their books to interested readers. A wide range of styles will be on display including novels, poetry, nonfiction, books for teen and children and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!
Participating local authors:
- Martin Henley (Westfield), author of Scoundrels Who Made America Great
- Alicia Hunter (Springfield), author of My First Time going to the Last Inauguration of Our 44th President
- Ty Allan Jackson (Pittsfield), author of The Supadupa Kid, and others
- Dr. Christopher Keroack (Springfield), author of Changing Directions
- Matthew Kline (Springfield), Judy B. and the Magical Guitar
- Dr. Patricia Martin (Longmeadow), author of Liars, Cheats, and Creeps
- , and others Sharon Maylor (Springfield), Water’s Edge
- Gerald McFarland (Leverette), author of The Buenaventura Trilogy and others
- Joan Morris Reilly (Springfield), author of St. Casimir’s Children, and others
- Lauren Rosa (Chicopee), author of Annalee, Briana, and Caiden Go to Paris France
- Gabriela Ruiz-Flores (Indian Orchard), Random Poems
- John Sheirer (Northampton), Make Common Sense Common Again, and others
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.
Fall 2015 Local Author Fair pictures
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
Jack Y. Hess
Sandra J. Howell
Dr Raymond Ogums
Stephen Louis Patrick
Price Van Ray
Joan Morris Reilly
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.