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Mindy McGinnis Gives Us Recommendations

During our??YA Author Festival earlier this year, nine authors, including author Mindy McGinnis, joined us for panels, workshops, hang out sessions, book signings and a trivia contest. Mindy is a very passionate??trivia team leader, in case you were wondering.
She not only gave us??good advice on writing and getting published, but she also told us some of her favorite books from our shelves (besides her own, of course)!

After you read her newest book to hit our shelves, The Female of the Species, check out more of her recommendations!Untitled design (1)


When We Collided by Emery Lord

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Marked and Tracked??by Jenny Martin

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Jasper Jones: a novel by Graig Silvey


Still can’t get enough of Mindy? Check out her website!



Save the Date: YA Author Fest Sept. 10th

We are excited to announce that will be hosting 8 authors and 1 graphic novel artist on Saturday, September 10th for YA Author Fest! ??Find out how the authors got their books published, attend writing workshops, hangout with the authors, ask them your questions, and participate in a fun Trivia Throwdown with the authors! ??You choose which workshops and panels to attend. ??All authors will be signing their books. You can bring your own favorite copy from home or purchase one of their latest books for 15% off during the YA Author Fest. ??Click here to sign up and learn more about the different workshops.

Below are the awesome authors that will be here! ??Click on their name to find books available at our library.

??? Mindy McGinnis
??? Sarah J. Schmitt
??? Melissa Landers
??? Josh David Bellin
??? Amalie Howard
??? Stephanie Kate Strohm
??? Saundra Mitchell
??? Ed Cho & Lee Cherolis

Stayed tuned to the blog for interviews and more from each author!

Author Fair Success! & National Novel Writing Month

A big thank you to all who came out for our Author Fair yesterday! We had a great crowd for both the Children’s & Teen panels. You guys asked some great questions, and our authors offered great tips on writing, creating illustrations, publishing, and getting your work out into the world! I hope you all feel inspired to start creating your own stories. We’ll be doing a lot of writing programming at the library in November for National Novel Writing Month, and I hope you all will join us in the fun!

Sign up for free and participate in Young Writers Program of National Novel Writing Month here:?? – You can set your word count goal, find fellow writing friends, and keep your novel writing on track. It also gives you daily dares to include in your novel such as Your character’s piggy bank has been stolen, Make one of your characters purchase a costume, Include a parade or a circus in your next chapter, and many others.

Sarah S. and I will be participating in the adult program – writing 50,000 words!!

Start your outlines and developing those brilliant plots and characters, guys!


Sarah, currently thinking about what amazing story she will write 🙂

For the Love of Books and Writing: Author Fair Tomorrow!

Hey there future NYT Bestselling Authors and Comic Artists!

As many of you already know, HCPL is holding our 1st Author Fair tomorrow on Saturday, October 18 , 10am – 3pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to chat with accomplished writers and comic creators about the writing process and tips on challenging yourself??as a writer/ creator.

Author Fair Schedule:

Children’s panel: 10 – 11am

Book Sale: 11-noon

Teen Panel: 1-2pm

Book Sale: 2-3pm

We have excellent authors and comic creators on our teen panel, and I hope to see you all in the audience tomorrow! Here is our list:

Saundra Mitchell – Mistwalker, Wild, While You’re Away, The Elementals, The Sprinsweet, The Vespertine, Shadowed Summer

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Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho – Little Guardians comic series

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Sarah J. Schmitt – It’s A Wonderful Death coming October 2015

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Our stellar authors and comic creators will be answering questions from you, the audience, about their creative processes. Anyone interested in creative writing, drawing, and getting published should join us and ask as many questions as you can!

After the panel, head over to our book sale and pick up books and swag from our teen panelists. Thank you for supporting local authors!!

See you all TOMORROW! 🙂

Sarah (tomorrow’s teen panel moderator)