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Area authors featured at book fair

By Tom Jackson • Apr 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM

SANDUSKY –– Do you like to read?

The Sandusky Library’s “Read Local Book Fair” allows you to meet local authors and get signed copies of their books.

The authors represented at the book fair range across a variety of genres, including literary fiction, thrillersand local history.

The event, which takes place Saturday at the library, includes a panel discussion in the morning and a book fair in the afternoon.

The panel discussion, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon, features three writers:

• Larry Smith of Huron is a novelist, a poet and a retired English professor at BGSU Firelands. He’s also the publisher of Bottom Dog Press, which over more than three decades has published more than 200 books.

• Nonfiction author Jane Ann Turzillo says she writes about true crime, trains and history. Her titles include “Wicked Women of Ohio,” “Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio,” and “Ohio Train Disasters.”

• Eric VanRaepenbusch aims his book at a young audience –– preschoolers. His titles include “Five Little Potties: A Potty Training Memory Book” and “Dodo: Silly Bird, Silly Name, Silly Stories.”

The book fair is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The panelists will be joined by about two dozen other authors, who will be seated at tables and will be selling and signing their books.

Among them are Western Reserve graduate Karina Bartow, who wrote “Husband in Hiding” and “Forgetting My Way Back to You,” and Cary Ashby, a Reflector staff writer who wrote “Colt Maverick.”

Also scheduled to be there is Doug Cooper, who lives in Vermilion. Cooper wrote “Outside In,” a 2013 novel about a young teacher who tries to escape a tragedy by going to Put-in-Bay, where he abuses drugs and alcohol before getting back control of his life.

His next novel, “The Investment Club,” came out in 2016, and follows the interactions of five people who have come to live in Las Vegas; most are trying to bounce back from setbacks in their lives.

Cooper’s new one, “Focus Lost,” will be out on April 16. Here’s the enjoyably over-the-top description from the publisher: “Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, ‘Focus Lost’ whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.”

Some of the other authors include Kelleys Island historian Leslie Korenko and local birder Mary L. Warren.

The library has a brochure that gives a full listing of the authors who will be present.

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