Local Author Expo

Local Author Expo


Each year, the Library System invites submissions from local authors to participate in this special event. With approximately two dozen authors selected each year, the Local Author Expo offers the chance for local authors to share insights about their work during a virtual event which also features several speakers on topics including fiction and non-fiction writing and getting your work published. The Local Author Expo is sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Are you a local author interested in participating next year? Please see submission information below and check back in the fall for your chance to share your work with our community.

Watch Local Author Expo 2021!


2021 Featured Writers

We were excited to welcome over a dozen local authors to our virtual Local Author Expo event. Featured writers included Paulette Alden, Ellyn Bache, Evelyn Everest, Paul Michael Garrison, Emily Golus, Colleen Hall, Sally Handley, Emily Martin, Charles Pate, Jr., Jordan Poss, Deb Richardson-Moore, Kimberly Simms, Kathryn Smith, and Susan Zurenda.

Their works span an array of genres including children's literature, young adult, and adult fiction; romance, nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and more. Our community learned about their writing process during this live virtual event.

Southern Fiction
Murder Mystery
YA Fantasy
Cozy Mystery
Historical Fiction
Nonfiction • Fiction
Southern Fiction

Meet the Author Events 2021

Featured authors shared their process, their work, and information about the writing process and getting published.

Mary Adkins • Fiction
Mary Adkins is the author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick and “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping) and Privilege (a New York Post Best Book of the Week and Today.com's 7 Best Summer Reads). Her third novel, Palm Beach, will be published by Harper in 2021. Her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more. A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she teaches storytelling for The Moth worldwide and creative writing online. Mary lives in Nashville with her husband and son. For more information about the her writing courses and coaching of Mary Adkins, visit her website.
Gary Jackson • Poetry
Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis (Graywolf Press), which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Sun, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Copper Nickel. He’s been published in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and was featured in the 2013 New American Poetry Series by the Poetry Society of America. He teaches in the MFA program as an associate professor at the College of Charleston.
Deb Richardson-Moore • Mystery
Deb Richardson-Moore is the author of four (4) fiction titles and a memoir, The Weight of Mercy, about her early years as a pastor at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, S.C. A former national award-winning reporter for The Greenville News, Deb is a popular speaker at book clubs, universities and churches. She has won numerous awards for community involvement, including the 2017 Leadership Greenville Distinguished Alumni Award and being named one of Greenville's 50 Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine in 2013. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Deb and her husband live in Greenville. For more information about the work of Deb Richardson-Moore, visit her website.
Kathryn Smith • Nonfiction • Fiction
Kathryn Smith is an award-winning author of non-fiction biographies and historical mystery books who lives in Anderson, South Carolina. A graduate of Daniel High School in Central and the University of Georgia, she worked as a newspaper journalist and nonprofit executive director before devoting her time to writing. Her nonfiction books have been published by Simon & Schuster and Evening Post Books, while she publishes her mysteries, co-written with Kelly Durham of Clemson, on the amazon.com platform. Kathryn is a popular public speaker who has given more than 300 talks in the past three years in venues ranging from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York to the Charleston Library Society to civic clubs, book clubs and senior communities in eight states. She was featured on a panel at the Greenville Library's Book Expo in 2020 discussing her biography Gertie. Kathryn is married to Leo Smith, her college sweetheart. They have two grown children and six grandchildren. For more information about Kathryn Smith’s work, visit her website.


Submissions are no longer being accepted for participation in the virtual Local Author Expo. If you missed the deadline, don’t worry! If you are a local author interested in submitting your work for next year’s event, please check back during fall of 2021 for submission opening and deadlines.



  • Must be a published (including self-published) author living in the southeastern United States.
  • Writing must be original and professionally presented.
  • Books for all ages will be considered.
  • E-published titles and audiobooks will not be considered for this event.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the library. Not all applications will be accepted.
  • Authors must complete the Virtual Local Author Expo Application accompanied by writing samples.
  • Selected authors must be available for a live kickoff event.

Important to Note:

Selected authors will not be offered compensation or a speaker’s fee. Selected authors will need to submit a short sample (if different from the application sample) to be featured on the Library’s virtual exhibit page. Selected authors must secure copyright permissions for displayed excerpts. Authors who participated in last year’s Local Author Expo may apply for 2022. Check back in the fall for more about submitting your work for Local Author Expo 2022. 


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