Second annual local author meet and greet book fair April 6 in Wilton

Adam Prudhomme

The Napanee Writers Forum will be hosting their second annual author Meet and Greet Book Fair, April 6 at Wilton’s Community Hall from 12-4 p.m.

Admission is free, though there will be books for sale and raffles to win author gift baskets with proceeds going to Napanee’s branch of the Kingston Literacy and Skills’ adult literacy program.

Based on the success of last year organizers have expanded for this year’s event, moving to a bigger venue and welcoming more authors. All told there will be 13 local authors on hand, selling and signing copies of their work.

“There’s an amazing amount of authors in Napanee,” said Rick Revelle, one of the featured authors and member of the Napanee Writers Forum. “We haven’t even touched on all of them. We probably could have taken another eight or 10 authors.”

Former MuchMusic VJ personality Bill Welychka will be on hand to talk about his book A Happy Has-Been (Exciting Times and Lessons Learned by One of Canada’s Foremost Entertainment Journalists) which features stories from his decades in the music industry.

Welychka will also be one of the featured authors who will be reading from his book, which he’ll do so at 1 p.m. Also reading some f their work will be Revelle (12:30 p.m.), Grace Vanderzande (1:30 p.m.), Jason Heroux (2 p.m.), Leanne Lieberman (2:30 p.m.) and Jean Rae Baxter (3 p.m.).

The remaining authors who will be on hand include D.A. Brown, Tom Frood, Sharon Hogan, Lindy Mechefske, Judii Merle, Dave More with Marie Edwards and Sherry Pringle.

The authors cover a wide range of genres from cookbooks to historical fiction to children’s stories to tales from the farm.

“There’s a real mix of self published authors and traditional published authors,” said Revelle. “If you’re an author and you want to talk to somebody about being published one way or another, this is a good place.”

Wilton Community Hall is located at 251 Simmons Rd in Wilton.

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