Meet local authors at Nashua Public Library eventBy TERESA SANTOSKI Staff Writer
Thursday, February 16, 2012
NASHUA – Back in 2005, the Nashua Public Library found itself facing an unusual conundrum.
So many local authors were contacting them in hopes of scheduling book signings and related events that they weren’t able to accommodate them all.
Carol Eyman, the library’s outreach and community services coordinator, devised an inventive solution: invite all of those authors to participate in one large event, an authors fair she dubbed Local Author Night.
Since the inaugural event in 2005, Local Author Night has been organized periodically depending on author interest and is being held again this year from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
Eyman’s approach to coordinating the event is simple. She saves the requests she receives for individual author events and selects a date for Local Author Night once she has a good number of authors who might be interested in participating. Some of these authors have been involved with the event before, while others are getting in touch for the first time.
This year, she still had room after contacting those authors in the initial pool, so she issued a press release to find additional participants.
“We like to get new authors,” Eyman said, explaining that it helps “make the event fresh.”
As a result of her efforts, about 30 authors will gather in the library’s Image Gallery to sell and sign their books and chat with readers.
Eyman said this group approach can be more beneficial to the authors than if they had solo events.
“The authors that participate invite their friends and family, and they happen to meet the other authors at the same time,” she said, “so you definitely get more people and more exposure.
“I also find the authors get a lot out of speaking with each other, networking with each other. I think they find that one of the most valuable parts of the evening.”
A variety of genres will be represented, including mystery, fantasy, poetry, romance, nonfiction and science fiction.
Fans of local history will be pleased to discover a trio of offerings on the history of Nashua:
“Nashua People and Places” by Meri Goyette, published in conjunction with the Nashua Historical Society.
“Nashua Then & Now” by Robin Ann Peters.
The library’s own “The Nashua Experience: A Three-Decade Upgrade, 1978-2008.”
Another notable tome is Mary Johnson’s “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life.” This memoir chronicles Johnson’s 20 years as a nun in the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order, during which time she came to know Mother Teresa quite well.
Kirkus Reviews praised the book as one of the best nonfiction books of 2011.
There’s no telling what other gems you might uncover at Local Author Night. With such an assortment of authors in attendance, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Teresa Santoski can be reached at 594-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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