The Springfield City Library celebrates local Western Massachusetts authors.

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Author Talk: Kate Anderson and Her New Book Hospital Hill
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1-2:30 p.m., Sixteen Acres Branch Library

Please join us for a book signing featuring local author Kate Anderson. She has written a terrific, page-turning novel, Hospital Hill, with Northampton Hospital for the Insane as its frightening locale. “In 1959 Valerie Martin takes a job on the wards of Northampton State Hospital for the Insane where she spends the next twenty years climbing the ranks. When the hospital closes she leaves for good, or so she thinks. Weeks away from retirement, she is called back to complete one last task and finds a disturbing trend amongst some of the female patients and she has a hunch: these women were murdered.” Ms. Anderson’s signing will include a slideshow of historic Northampton State Hospital photographs and she will display a collection of fascinating artifacts.

Refreshments will follow, compliments of the Friends of the Library.



Author Talk: Dingers, the 101 Most Memorable Homeruns, by Tom Shea

Sixteen Acres Branch Library, Tuesday, June 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.
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East Springfield Branch Library, Wednesday, June 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. (outdoors weather permitting)
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If you are a baseball fan you cannot miss a memorable book signing by local author Tom Shea at the Sixteen Acres and East Springfield Branch libraries. The avid baseball expert’s latest gem is a book co-authored with Joshua Shifrin titled Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History and what a great idea it is for a book. It tells the stories of the authors’ choices of the top 100 homers and how each affected the game of baseball. Whether it’s “The Shot Heard ’Round the World” or Hank Aaron’s 715th blast, readers will get an inside scoop on some of the most famous moments that now live in baseball lore.

If you haven’t seen Tom in a while or are just looking for a memorable sports program, come by and join the fun. Shea will do a reading from Dingers and participants may purchase signed copies of the book.



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.



Fall 2015 Local Author Fair pictures

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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
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
Martha Johnson
Phil Johnson
Terry Johnson
Scotti Jones
Umm Juwayriyah
Loretta Kapinos
Judith Kappenman
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
Stephen Louis Patrick
Amy Patt
Jeanne Probst
David Proctor
Randy Purinton
Price Van Ray
Joan Morris Reilly
Bobby Richardson
Mae Ronan
Phyllis St. George
Charlene St. Onge
Jane Schneeloch
John Sheirer
Elizabeth Slade
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Barbara Spear
Susan Stinson
Joanne Sullivan
Narelle Thomas
Jean Thompson
Art Tipaldi
Courtney Vail
Eric Watts
Nick Wedlake
Tom Weiner
Yvonne Williams
Jacqueline Williams-Hines
Elaine Wolf
Jane Yolen

Booklists

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