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Local Author Expo

In keeping with the Greenville County Library System’s vision to be Greenville County’s first choice for exploration, discovery and information, we are pleased to announce a call for authors to have an opportunity to speak to the public at the Hughes Main Library on January 25, 2020. With over 300,000 annual visitors, over 7,000 followers on social media and a distribution of over 13,000 newsletters bimonthly, this event provides our patrons and county residents with the opportunity to discover authors and provide important exposure and publicity for the authors.

The submission deadline to be considered for participation in this event has passed. All submissions are currently being reviewed. Great care and consideration is given to this process, and local authors chosen to participate will be notified by the end of December. Thank you for your patience!

Saturday, January 25 • 10a-2p

Hughes Main Library

Meet regional authors, buy books, and have your books signed. Enjoy speakers sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Meet featured authors
Speaker: Fiction author Natasha Boyd
Speaker: Nonfiction authors Kathryn Smith & Ray Belcher
Speaker: Young Adult fiction author Ryan Graudin
Authors appearing include: Jill Criswell, Mark Gunnells, Kimberly Simms, Sam Slaughter, Brock Adams, C.A. Baker, Catherine Con, Jordan Poss, Kathleen Neely, Paul M. Garrison, Tom Poland, Megan Koon, Brian Boger, Catherine Labadie


Natasha Boyd
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
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 Book Jacket
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
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.


  • 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.