Looking To Promote Local Writers

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Time is almost up for writer across Chatham-Kent to enter into the Read Local: CK Author Festival.

Participants are expected to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

Circulation Services Librarian Megan Cowan says so far they’ve received about 12 applications from local writers.

“We’ve had a lot of variety [in terms] of types of writing,” says Cowan. “We’ve got a couple of children’s authors, a couple of young adults, I think I’ve got some mystery writers – just kind of all over the place, which is wonderful.”

Cowan says in order to enter into this challenge writers must have already published a book, either in print or in ebook format.

As a way to showcase these local writers, Chatham-Kent Public Library will be hosting a CK Author Festival – a first for them.

“We do get a lot of authors who do approach us to host book launches or book talks,” says Cowan.

She says the festival would promote National Novel Writing Month, as well as give inspiring writers an opportunity to speak with actual published authors.

“This will be a chance for the writers to connect with other writers and to connect with their readers,” says Cowan. “People can come in, chat with the writers, get a book signed if they’re a big fan, [and] maybe pick up a new book.”

Applications to participate in Read Local: CK Author Festivalare due by September 30. Details and application forms can be found here.

The Author Festival will be held at the Chatham branch on November 19, from 1pm to 3pm.