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Bookstock 2014 Welcomes Noted Authors to Central Library!

By: Marcey Wright


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New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey is coming to Central Library on Saturday, April 26 for Bookstock 2014! Photo - Joseph Jones PhotographyThe Memphis Public Library & Information Center is offering customers a chance to meet New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey and several other noted authors at this year’s Bookstock held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

The annual event has several new additions this year like a Writers’ Workshop for aspiring authors, a “Summertime is Crime Time” panel with award-winning crime fiction writers discussing their upcoming novels, a cooking demonstration and book talk entitled “More Than Ingredients,” and other headlining authors. These festivities will add to the carnival-like setting of face painting, live music, balloon artistry, a scavenger hunt, food trucks, and lots of books!

“Bring your family out to meet and greet authors,” encouraged Wang-Ying Glasgow, event organizer and Library adult services coordinator. “Customers will realize that there are so many local authors that they’ve never met. They will be inspired to write their own stories and can take pride that Memphis has so much talent!”

More than 40 local authors are slated to attend Bookstock 2014 with featured guest Eric Jerome Dickey, renowned romance writer of more than 20 books and a six-issue mini-series of graphic novels along with his latest novel A Wanted Woman.

“Many people are eager to meet Eric Jerome Dickey,” Glasgow commented. “After reading a book and ‘hearing’ an author’s voice, meeting him or her and getting an autograph is an exciting experience. Customers can also ask questions to learn more about Dickey’s work.”

Other authors spanning several genres will also attend including Barry Wolverton (Neversink), Megan Abbott (Dare Me), Deborah Johnson (The Air Between Us), Mark Greaney (The Gray Man), Wei Chen (Around the World in 69 Days), Michael Kardos (The Three-Day Affair), Scott Phillips (The Ice Harvest), Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis (The Legacy of Owen College), and many more. From fiction to nonfiction, mystery to inspirational, and even children’s books, this year’s event has something for readers of all ages and interests.

Not just for published writers, this year’s Bookstock also focuses on aspiring authors as well. “The Writers’ Workshop is designed for people who want to take their writing to the next level,” Glasgow explained. “They may already have a manuscript and need guidance getting it published. This event will help them to overcome those barriers. Aspiring authors can also take notes at the new ‘Summertime is Crime Time’ panel discussion with authors who have written crime novels.”

Whether learning to write or looking for a free day of entertainment and family fun, everyone is sure to find their niche at Bookstock 2014. “The benefits of Bookstock are three-fold,” said Glasgow. “Customers meet authors and enjoy the day. Authors promote their work directly to readers, and the Library further develops as the convener and connector of authors and readers. We hope to develop a love for literacy and lifelong learning citywide,” she concluded.