A Vision Come True
This year’s Authors’ Book Fair, will be held Saturday, April 6th 10-5 and Sunday, April 7th 11-4 at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover.
In 2009, Susan Bennett, a Norfolk County artist and teacher had a different vision than one would expect of a visual artist. Being an avid reader, she decided it would be a wonderful idea to start an annual book fair.
An event that would promote literacy, reading, and mentoring for established published authors and new first time authors in a form in which they could present and sell their books. This vision is now known as the Authors’ Book Fair.
In 2011 the Authors’ Book Fair (ABF) partnered with Norfolk Public Libraries’ program Teens Write for Fun. This project was the brain child of another talented artist, S. Goble.
The Teens Write is a contest in which teens apply their creative powers, writing prose and poetry and competing for prizes. The contest is juried by a panel of local ‘luminaries’. The winners are featured in an annual, excellently produced book titled ‘Teens Write for Fun Contest Winners’.
The ABF, in keeping with many of its goals in particular mentoring, co-hosted the Teens Write for Fun Awards night introducing our authors to the young teen writers. The ABF committee hopes again to partner with Teens Write for Fun. Perhaps one day one of the winners will be one of our published authors.
Throughout the weekend our featured speakers and topics will be:
Wendy E. Nelles – “Writing True Stories That Won’t Bore Your Readers”: Sat. 10:30 & Sun. 2:30
John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County – “Doing It, How to Write Poetry: Sat. 11:30 &Sun. 1:30
David Beasley – “How to Self-Publish & Electronic Publishing”: Sat. 1 & Sun. 12:30
Brad Smith – Reading excerpts from his “Virgil Cain Series”: Sat. 2 & Sun. 11:30
Poetry Slam – Sat. 3:30 – 5 & Sun. 3 - 4