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Local Author’s Fair returns to Harker Heights Library

Local Author’s Fair returns to Harker Heights Library

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

This Saturday, August 5, the bi-annual Author’s Fair will take place at the Harker Heights Library. The first fair was held in 2008, with one occurring in the summer and one in the fall time. Many local authors will attend the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, including Karen Hulene Bartell, a best-selling author and motivational keynote speaker. Bartell has published over a dozen books, and will be holding a book signing at the Author’s Fair for her newest book, “Holy Water: Rule of Capture”. Bartell’s books contain multicultural, off-beat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit. Her book signing will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and shortly after, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., she will present a “DIY” on how to electronically publish your own book; the presentation will be free of charge and open to everyone. Electronic publishing, also known as e-publishing, includes the digital publication of interactive media—including books and magazines. The process follows some aspects of the traditional based publishing process, but is different in two ways: it does not include using an offset printing press to print the final product, and it avoids the distribution of a physical product. Because the content is electronic, it may be distributed over the internet and through online book stores, where readers can then access the material on a range of digital devices, including smartphones and laptops. According to a study by the e-Book Reader and Tablet Market Report, half of all reading in the United States was projected to be done without paper in 2015.

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Local author Denetra Moore proudly poses with her new book, “Little Soldier” at the 2015 Local Author’s Fair at the Harker Heights Public Library

The Author’s Fair will provide a forum for writers, experienced and novice a like, to share their books with the public. Readers can meet the authors, buy their books and have them signed as well. Former Reference Librarian, Joel Conley, described the fair as a wonderful opportunity for all writers. “All of the authors are pretty varied; some write kid’s books, other’s love stories and even science fiction, so there really is something for everyone. This fair not only benefits readers, but local writers who need community support as well.”

Registration is required to attend the DIY e-Publishing seminar. To sign up for the demonstration, call the Harker Heights library at 254 953 5491.

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