You will be met in the great hall by six local publishing groups, such as Prospect Park Books that has published Lian Dolan’s Elizabeth the First Wife, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery series, Christine Moore’s Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe, Jennie Cook’s recently released Who Wants Seconds? cookbook, and Diane Lang’s whimsical Vulture Verses.
Why such a dizzying array of talented works in one spot, you ask.
Mystery, history, food, and fiction, we say.
Actually, it’s all part of Pasadena Public Library’s inaugural “Love Our Authors Celebration” on Saturday, February 22nd. Also in the main hall you will find Red Hen Press that publishes Bart Edelman and young adult author Ron Koertge, among others; Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin of Poetry and Cookies and Jesús Salvador Treviño of The Skyscraper That Flew among Pasadena Latino authors; and Balcony Press, Designmatters, and Emerging Urban Poets.
In the auditorium, 28 authors will be stationed at eight tables ready to chat, discuss, and to sign and sell their books. Authors such as Petrea Burchard with Camelot & Vine, Gerda Govine with her poetry collection (handmade) Oh, Where Is My Candle Hat?, Hometown Pasadena’s publisher Kat Ward with her first novel Amy’s Own, Eve Bunting who has penned over 200 children’s books, and poet and teacher Esther Bradley-DeTally.
Abel Prudhomme will be in attendance. He has a degree in Biblical Studies, graduated from the Library Technology Program at Pasadena City College, and is the author of The Lost Canterbury Tale, A Modest Proposal/A Modern Proposal, The Frankenstein Chronicles, I Will Haunt You, and a newly released theatrical play, Hamlet Resurrected.
Kay Mouradian’s mother Flora was only fourteen years old when she and her family—and twenty-five thousand other Armenians—were forced to leave their homes. “Traveling over the same deportation route to the deserts of Syria where more than a million Armenians perished…Flora’s voice is that of all victims and survivors…’I am my mother’s voice,’ says Dr. Mouradian, ‘and this is her story.'”
Also present will be playwright Dan McLaughlin, former library commissioner Reneé Morgan-Hampton, Huntington Library Curator Sarah Sue Hodson, Rebecca Woods of the “true” novel Living Through Charlie, and “Pie Evangelist” Beth Howard of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.
Pasadena Symphony‘s Random Acts of Music will randomly appear and provide the musical ambience.
Conversation will be lively and books will be plentiful, so bring cash, your checkbook, or a card that has lots of available credit—this is not the time to skimp! “Show the love” for our local authors and buy some books! And, don’t forget your large, reusable tote in which to lug all your new treasures home.
Love Our Authors Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 10 a.m.-noon
Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
Free to the public
For more info, visit CityofPasadena.net or call 626.744.7076