If you enjoy learning about local history, love to solve mysteries or are in the mood for a bit of romance, a selection of books by local authors may be right up your alley.
More than 20 local authors will gather at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at The Shops at Wiregrass on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to sell their books, field questions on writing and chat with patrons.
The bookstore, at 28152 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, hosts the annual event to give local authors a chance to showcase their works.
Local authors get a chance to sell their books, but also have a chance to network with each other and encourage aspiring writers.
The showcase will include a wide selection of titles across many genres including business, quilting, spirituality and romance, to name a few.
Some of the authors have been there before, including Madonna Jervis Wise, who has written several books. Her most recently published book, “Images of America: Wesley Chapel,” shares the community’s story through historic photographs and tales of the families who settled there.
Jamie Elizabeth Tingen, another author who has been at the event before, will be there with a new book this year. She describes her new book, “Betrayed by a Butterfly,” as a novel of deceit, mystery and romance.
John Chaplick, of Lutz, will be making an appearance, too. His titles include “The Rivergrass Legacy,” “Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion” and “Bridge of The Paper Tiger.”
Other authors expected to be on hand include Barbara Post-Askin, Ben Gold, C. Johnson, Debbie Lum, Dee Segarra, Elizabeth Rivera, Evelyn Taylor, Jeanette Dundas, Jenice Armstead, Jonathan Chateau, Josh McMorrow-Hernandez, Jwan Israil, Kimberly Karalius, Lorelie Dionne Orat, Lucille Rose D’Armi-Riggio and Maria Rooney.
Six tables will be set up on the bookstore’s second floor, with authors grouped together by genre, said Lisa Kuehner, assistant store manager for Barnes & Noble.
The store hosts the annual showcase to give the community a chance to find out about the local writers and their books.
“It’s our way of supporting local authors,” Kuehner said.
Local authors event
What: Meet more than 20 local authors who will be on hand to field questions and sign books.
When: May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 28152 Paseo Drive, at The Shops at Wiregrass
Published May 18, 2016