The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.
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.
The next Author Fair will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, in the Central Library Rotunda from 12-4 p.m.
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 authors, and to sign and sell copies to interested readers. Authors at this Fair come from Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin counties but most are from Springfield. Many genres will be on display including adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry, novels for teens, and more. 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.
- Calvin Bland (Springfield), adult nonfiction
- Domingo Burgos (Springfield), adult poetry (in Spanish)
- Durham Caldwell (Springfield), adult fiction
- Susan Green (Springfield), adult poetry
- Randy Haskins (Springfield), adult nonfiction
- Phil Johnson (Greenfield), adult nonfiction
- Terry Johnson (Northampton), adult poetry
- Gerry O’Brien (Springfield), nonfiction
- Bobby Richardson (East Longmeadow), teen fiction
- Mae Ronan (Springfield), teen/children fiction
- John Sheirer (Northampton), adult fiction & nonfiction
- Marguerite Willis (Charlemont), poetry & memoire
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.