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
Author Talk: Death of an Altar Boy, by E.J. Fleming
Sixteen Acres Branch | Wednesday, August 22 | 6:15-8 PM
E. J. Fleming reviews his explosive new book Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church in this engaging presentation. Despite numerous indications pointing to him as Croteau’s killer – including 40 claims of sexual misconduct with minors – the Reverend Richard R. Lavigne has not been convicted. A Q&A and refreshments will follow the talk. Copies of Mr. Fleming’s books will be available for sale and signing.
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.
Central Library Rotunda
Saturday, September 29 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM | 14+
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 them to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!
- Maria Luisa Arroyo – Destierro Means More than Exile and others
- Mackenzie Bourdeau – The Catalyst
- Linda Cardillo – Across the Table and others
- Sean Goonan – The Foundation for Exploration
- Carol Kasper – I Have Cheese Doodles Up My Nose!
- Stephan Platzer – Everybody Has a Sunfish Story and others
- Herschell Reaves– B.O.S.S. : Broken but Still Standing
- Lauren Rosa – Annalee, Briana, and Caiden Go to Paris France!
- Gabriel Ross – The Legion of Power: The Story of Hernando Cortez
- Andrea St. Louis – 40 Days Lighter: a Devotional Journey for Women
- R.W. Thompson – Icicle Dreams
- H. Triplett – The Good, the Bad, and the Blue and Perforated Fiber
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.
Follow the links listed below to find descriptions for many of the books written by local authors from Western Massachusetts.