Local Author Expo

Local Author Expo

Each January, the Greenville County Library System hosts a Local Author Expo featuring authors who work and live in the southeastern United States. With approximately two dozen authors selected each year, the Local Author Expo showcases regional authors who may share tips and tricks, and sign and sell their books. Several writers are also selected to speak during the day resulting in an event that attracts several hundred attendees—from book lovers and novice writers, to those in our community who wish to come out and support our local writers. The Local Author Expo is sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

 

Didn’t participate during January 2020?

Don’t worry, the Local Author Expo happens every year. If you are a local author interested in submitting your work for next year’s event, please see the requirements at the bottom of this page, and check back during fall of 2020 for submission opening and deadlines.

Check out the featured authors from January 2020, and be sure to check back for updates during the fall.

Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 10a-2p • Hughes Main Library

Authors appearing included: Brock Adams, C.A. Baker, Ray Belcher, Brian Boger, Natasha Boyd, Catherine Con, Jill Criswell, Paul M. Garrison, Ryan Graudin, Mark Gunnells, Megan Koon, Catherine Labadie, Kathleen Neely, Jordan Poss, Tom Poland, Kimberly Simms, Sam Slaughter, and Kathryn Smith.

10:30a-11:30a
Speaker: Fiction author Natasha Boyd
11:30a-12:30p
Speaker: Nonfiction authors Kathryn Smith & Ray Belcher
12:30-1:30p
Speaker: Young Adult fiction author Ryan Graudin

Speakers

Natasha Boyd • Fiction
Natasha Boyd • Fiction

Natasha Boyd is a USA Today, internationally bestselling, and award-winning author of contemporary romance, romantic comedy and historical fiction.

Her historical fiction novel, The Indigo Girl, takes on the true story of young Eliza Lucas Pinckney and the indigo trade in the 1700’s. It was long listed for the Southern Book Prize and was a Southern Independent Booksellers' Association OKRA PICK.

Natasha is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer's Network in coastal South Carolina. Her work is available in English, Italian, Turkish, German, French and Indonesian and she lives in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, and a Yorkie named Truffle. She drinks English Breakfast tea before 11 am, is obsessed with honey, and once played the part of Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard of Oz.

Visit her website for more information about her work.

Kathryn Smith • Nonfiction
Kathryn Smith • Nonfiction

Kathryn Smith, lives in Anderson and is a critically acclaimed author and speaker who is fascinated by women who were ahead of their time. Her first biography, The Gatekeeper, told the unknown story of Marguerite LeHand, private secretary and chief of staff to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the first woman to be secretary to a president. Kathryn is also the author of a collection of interviews with World War II veterans, A Necessary War, and a series of mystery novels co-authored with Kelly Durham.

Visit her website for more information about her work.

Ray Belcher • Nonfiction
Ray Belcher • Nonfiction

Ray Belcher, a retired teacher and Upstate native, began his writing career long ago with an article printed in his school's newspaper. Since then, he has published four books and several magazine articles on various facets of local history. His best-known works to date are Greer: From Cotton Town to Industrial Center (co-authored with Joada Hiatt) and Greenville County, South Carolina: From Cotton Fields to Textile Center of the World.

Ryan Graudin • Young Adult
Ryan Graudin • Young Adult

Ryan Graudin is the award-winning author of six young adult novels, including the Carnegie nominated Wolf By Wolf duology, Invictus and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, daughter and wolf-dog.

Visit her website for more information about her work.


Requirements

  • Must be a published (including self-published) author living in the southeastern United States.
  • Writing must be original and professionally presented.
  • Audiobooks, e-published books and children’s books will not be considered for this event. Books for teens and young adults will be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the library. Not all applications will be accepted.
  • Authors must complete the Local Author Fair Application.
  • The Local Author Fair Application must be accompanied by writing examples.

The submission deadline to be considered for participation in this event has passed. All submissions are currently being reviewed. Are you a local author interested in participating? Good news--the Local Author Expo is held each year. Check back during fall 2020 for more information about the next opportunity to submit. In the meantime, consider attending the Local Author Expo on January 25, 2020 and find out whether the event might be a good fit for you.

 

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