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Saturday, October 14, 2017

9th Annual BookFest is Saturday, Oct. 21

Bill Robertson (shown) will be dressed in his Bucktail uniform and have copies of the many books he has written, including the one he is holding,  "Lurking in Pennsylvania," a collection of three decades of his best horror stories.
The Ninth Annual Wellsboro BookFest, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading and writing.

Spearheading the event are Tammy Knowlton, Wellsboro Area High School librarian and Kasey Cox Coolidge, manager of From My Shelf Books & Gifts.
Attending BookFest will be 20 visiting authors. The author portion of the event is free and open to the public.

“This year's used book sale promises to be our best, with the widest selection of genres and the greatest number of books from which to choose," said Knowlton. The used book sale has a $5 entry fee for people ages 10 and older. To reduce the fee to zero, attendees can get signatures from five visiting authors: $1 will be taken off the entry fee for each author's signature up to $5 total.
Bags and author signature sheets will be provided.

All books at the used book sale will be $5 a bag. The sale is being held to raise money to support the Wellsboro Area School District's four public school libraries. All money from the sale will be given to the libraries to purchase new and used books.

Local and regional authors attending this year's BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process. They represent a variety of genres and publishing venues. Among them are writers of Christian and children's books, local history, poetry and mysteries.

"Our authors are coming from as far away as River Edge, New Jersey and Philadelphia and locally," said Coolidge.

Authors returning to BookFest are: Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge (children's books), Bob Cox, Jr. (New England pre-colonial and colonial history), Frank Deter (a memoir about his hunting dog) and Linda Stager (local nature guide); Shirley Brosius of Millersburg (Christian women's devotional); Cheryl Edgcomb of Knoxville (Christian memoir); V. L. Locey of Middlebury Center (GLBT; romance); Dawn Lubertowicz of Tunkhannock (romance, urban fantasy); and"Bucktail" William P. Robertson of Duke Center, (young adult historical fiction, horror and poetry).

Newcomers include: Daril Bentley of Elmira, N.Y. (poetry); Anne Bishop of Liberty (children's books); Joseph Brought of Wellsboro (fantasy); Beth Brubaker of Philadelphia (journals; puzzle books); Nick Fidler of Williamsport (fantasy); Kellse T. Krick of Wellsboro (poetry); Samantha Lienhard of Blossburg (horror); Christy Nicholas of Corning, N.Y. (fantasy); Louis Romano of River Edge, N.J. (thriller; noir fiction); Bruce Taneski of Philadelphia (Vietnam memoir; historical fiction); and Lannie Zimmer of Troy (children's books).

Those who have books they would like to donate to the sale are asked to drop them off at the high school or at From My Shelf Books during school and bookstore hours between now and Monday, Oct. 16. Magazines, encyclopedias or Time Life book sets will not be accepted.

For information about the used book sale, call the bookstore at 570-724-5793 or like the Wellsboro BookFest Facebook page.

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