Carmel Clay Public Library’s Local Author Fair returns Dec. 3

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Authors Ann Kroeker, left, and Charity Singleton Craig attend a previous local author fair. (Submitted photo)

Authors Ann Kroeker, left, and Charity Singleton Craig attend a previous local author fair. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

More than 25 central Indiana writers will gather at the Carmel Clay Public Library Dec. 3 for the annual Local Author Fair. The free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the program room.

The library has hosted the fair for several years.

“We have a lot of local authors who will approach us here at the library, authors of all age group books, and ask us to consider them for our collection or consider having a book signing, that sort of thing,” said Beth Jenneman, CCPL communications manager. “With so many requests, we got the idea instead of just having one author at a time, which often doesn’t bring in a lot of people, we thought we should get an author fair together that can accommodate quite a few local authors and have it once a year.”

Authors applied in September to be part of the event. Event coordinator Brian Barrett reviews applications and book samples before deciding which authors to invite.

“He goes over all of it and just tries to get a good balance of genres and age group books,” Jenneman said. “He tries to get a mix of children, teens, adult fiction and non-fiction books.”

Each author will have a table set up to sign and sell their books. Cash or check payments are preferred. Some authors will discuss their books from 2 to 3 p.m.

“We get about 25 to 30 authors, so it’s a good, large group of people. You can browse around and talk to the authors,” Jennman said. “It’s just a good event for people to come and see what local authors we have here.”

Local author fair

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE

Cost: free

More info: carmel.lib.in.us

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