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

Literary Spotlight
Central Library Community Room
Saturday, June 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Adults

Local authors will read from their recently published books and introduce what’s new in their world as writers. The Literary Spotlight is a perfect way to find a new book to read, meet exciting literary minds in our community, and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and idea sharing. Free raffle to all those who attend. Refreshments and raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library.

The books for adults will include the following titles: C.T. Daniels, the novel – Branded, Dennis Farioli, a military history – Fort A. Lincoln, July 1876, Joe Gannon, a novel – Night of the Jaguar and The Last Dawn, S. Forrest Nomakeo, a novel – The Summer Palace.

The books for children will include the following titles: B.D. Bossidy – The Milky Way Metro, Ken Harris – Jet Set Jeff, Katherine Kraver – The Boy with the Red Shoes, Josh Weiss – Trouble at the Watering Hole.

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.

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.