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Read Local is a series of events designed to celebrate the authors in our communities.


Upcoming Events

Third Fridays Summer Series: Fred Shackelford - Northside Library

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12pm

With the ever-popular Books Sandwiched In series returning in October, don’t miss this final installment of the Third Friday Summer Series. Local author Fred Shackelford[1] discusses his latest book The Ticket, a suspenseful page-turner centering around the search for a missing $241-million lottery ticket. Receiving excellent reviews and stirring up hopes for a possible sequel, Shackelford will discuss this first foray into the world of fiction for a local attorney and graduate of UVA. Books available for purchase/signing.

Read Local: Authors in Your Backyard - Gordon Avenue Library

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 2pm

Sisters in Crime writers Mollie Cox Bryan, Meredith Cole, Jenna Harte, and Rosemary Shomaker will discuss Virginia settings for their mysteries and the wide variety of local mystery authors. Come share your ideas for a mysterious Virginia location, and it may be featured in an upcoming short story. Book signing will follow the discussion.

William Walker’s Betrayal at Little Gibraltar - Central Library

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, join local author and educator William Walker as he discusses his book about the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, Betrayal at Little Gibraltar.

Laura Lee Gulledge - Crozet Library

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30–8pm

Join local Eisner Award nominated graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge, creator of Page by Paige and Will and Whit, for a 90–minute workshop on writing and drawing comics. Ages 10 to adult

YA Author Panel - Central Library

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2-3pm

It’s National Novel Writing Month. Local authors will be here to answer any of your questions about the writing process and have a book signing.

Special Starry Nights Storytime with Hannah Barnaby - Central Library

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30pm

Come in your jammies and prepare to cozy up with your snuggly as local author Hannah Barnaby shares a special storytime featuring her wonderful picture books, Bad Guy and Garcia & Colette Go Exploring. For families and storytime fans of all ages.

Past Events

Panel and Author Fair - Central Library

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10am-1pm

Join us for a celebration of local authors. The day begins with a discussion about writing in Virginia by a small panel of local authors.
Speaker Panel:
Moderated by Sharon Harrigan[2]

  • Marc Boston[3] (The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff)
  • Michelle Damiani[4] (Il Bel Centro)
  • Meredith Cole[5] (Dead in the Water)
  • Mary Morony[6] (Apron Strings Trilogy).

An author fair featuring a variety of authors in the area will follow the panel discussion.
Author Fair Participants

  • Elizabeth Sumner Wafler (In Robin's Nest)
  • Elsy Satheesan (Random Musings)
  • Carolyn O'Neal (Kinglsey)
  • Ella Rae Murphy (Maria Awakening)
  • Joseph B. Hicks (Sophie & Paige- Soccer Twins)
  • Fred Shackelford (The Ticket)
  • Michael T. Hemenway (Blue Lights in Your Mirror: A Guide to the Criminal Justice System for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Coaches)

Panel and Author Fair - Louisa County Library

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1-4 pm

Be inspired! Local authors will share their writing stories. Read, discuss, and connect with other writers and readers in our community. Local authors can sign-up and share their books with others. Please call or email Tiffany Duck at tduck@jmrl.org or 540-894-5853. Local author registration is required.
Speaker Panel

  • Hannah Barnaby[7] (Wonder Show)
  • Joan Mazza[8] (Dreaming Your Real Self)
  • Nathan Richardson[9] (Likeness of Being)

NaNoWriMo Author Panel - Gordon Avenue Library

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00pm

It’s National Novel Writing Month here at Gordon Avenue. Local authors will be here to answer any of your questions about the writing process and have a book signing.
Speaker Panel

  • Hannah Barnaby[10] (Some of the Parts)
  • Kathryn Erskine[11] (The Badger Knight)
  • Kristen-Paige Madonia[12] (Invisible Fault Line)
  • Morganna Villaman (Death Match)
  • Allyson Johns