Unfortunately, the Writers Forum will not be sponsoring an Authors Fair in 2016.
The issue was discussed at the last board meeting on September 8. We still had no confirmation that the mall would be available for us to use. Alternative venues had been discussed at the June meeting, but we could think of no alternatives that fit our needs (such as high walk-by traffic, which is so important for book sales) that would be within our budget.
There is a silver lining! The money that would have gone towards the Authors Fair for things such as advertising and venue fees will now be redirected towards purchasing some tech equipment for the Writers Forum. We currently borrow some of our tech equipment when we have audio/visual components to the monthly meeting. Sometimes this results in equipment ‘glitches’, such as the one that occurred at the last meeting. The Critique Group panel could not show the video component of their presentation due to technical difficulties arising from borrowed equipment.
Hopefully, we can get the Authors Fair back on schedule next year.
On November 9, the Ninth Northern California Authors Fair will be held at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding, California from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Record Searchlight and funded by a Scripps Howard Foundation Volunteer grant. This event is in lieu of Writers Forum’s regular monthly meeting. Genres include Children’s and Young Adult, Mystery and Fiction, History and Memoir, Travel, Crafts, Self-Help/Realization and more.
All authors will meet the public, answer questions and sell their wares. The Fair has been popular with holiday shoppers seeking gifts for book-loving family members and friends.
Anyone feeling stirred can also enter a “First Sentence” contest to win a prize.
There will be a basket of Local Author Books to be won.
Local award-winning authors in the past have been Linda Boyden, an author/illustrator of children’s books; Charlie Price who won the esteemed mystery Edgar Award in the Young Adult category; Steve Brewer, multi-talented mystery author.
Attendance is free. Participating authors pay a minimal fee for table space. While we have filled all open tables, we still need volunteers to help. For details: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-515-4828 to leave a voice mail message.
We are excited about the upcoming Authors Fair November 9th. We just committed our last available table slot. We have authors from as far north as Montague, as far east as Reno, as far south as Alameda. They run the full gamut of genres.
The Authors Fair was again a huge success! Thanks to all of the featured authors for participating. Thanks also to the Writers Forum board for putting on such a fabulous event to showcase our local authors. Writers Forum Secretary, Darbie Andrews, captured some shots of the day.