The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.

Author Talks & Readings

The Springfield City Library offers occasional author talks and readings throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events

C.T. Daniels' new novel Branded
C.T. Daniels’ new novel Branded

Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Central Library Community Room
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Spend the afternoon with Springfield’s inspired poets! Eight local poets will read or recite their favorite poems in ten-minute spots, and we’ll offer an open mic for audience members to join in too in shorter spots. The featured poets include Don Fisher, LD Green, Richard Horton, Jeanneclaire Probst, Gabriela Ruiz-Flores, Narelle Thomas, Jerry Walker, and Kateri M. Walsh. Refreshments and free attendance raffle available to all who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Author Talk: C.T. Daniels and His New Novel Branded
East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Springfield author C.T. Daniels launches his new book Branded, a stunning novel on sex trafficking. C.T. will share stories of his inspirations for the book and discuss the process of creating this hard-hitting story. Books will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Author Fairs 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.

Cover art of Billy Arnold's book "So, you want to be a musician?"
Cover art of Billy Arnold’s book “So, you want to be a musician?”

Spring: Author Fair
Central Lbrary Rotunda, Saturday, April 14, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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 meet the public, discuss their books, and sell and sign copies of their books to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, poetry, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!

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
Ralph Appleby
Clayton Arline
Billy Arnold
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
Laura Chagon
Durham Caldwell
Amy Caruso
Luze Casanova
Gineen Cooper
Catherine D’Agostino

Rico Daniele
Everett Decker
Cyndie Degnan
Lori Desrosiers
Michael Dialessi
Ellie Dias
G. Michael Dobbs
Marty Dobrow
Keshawn Dodds
Wayne Dusza
David Ewen
Laura Fedelia
Segundo Figueroa
Paula Finch
Gerry Fitzgerald
Nadine Gallo
Albert Garner
Gerry Garner
Carolyn Gibbs
Tzivia Gover
Susan Green
Donalyn Gross
Andrea Hairston

Emily Harrison
John Hamilton
Randy Haskins
Jack Y. Hess
Charlie Holmes
Sandra J. Howell
Blanche Jackson-Hill
Martha Johnson
Phil Johnson
Terry Johnson
Scotti Jones
Umm Juwayriyah
Loretta Kapinos
Judith Kappenman
George Kingston
Andrew Lam
Wayne LaPointe
David LaPorte
Lucie Lewis
Jacqueline Lynch
Michael Maloni
Jose Martinez
Ellen Meeropol

Jolene Mercadante
Dawn Metcalf
Melva Michaelian
Lorene Morin
Husein Muhammad
Dean Nimmer
Gerry O’Brien
Dr Raymond Ogums
Ed Orzechowski
Stephen Louis Patrick
Amy Patt
Gary & Kathy Picard
Jeanne Probst
David Proctor
Randy Purinton
Price Van Ray
Joan Morris Reilly
Bobby Richardson
Debra Rollend
Mae Ronan
Gabriela Ruiz-Flores
Phyllis St. George
Charlene St. Onge

Jane Schneeloch
John Sheirer
Elizabeth Slade
Derek Strahan
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Barbara Spear
Susan Stinson
Joanne Sullivan
Narelle Thomas
Jean Thompson
Christine Thibodeau
Art Tipaldi
Courtney Vail
Eric Watts
Nick Wedlake
Tom Weiner
Stefen Welch
Yvonne Williams
Jacqueline Williams-Hines
Elaine Wolf
Jane Yolen
Lisa Zarcone


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