WELLSBORO—The Eighth Annual Wellsboro BookFest, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Attending BookFest will be 23 visiting authors. The author portion of the event is free and open to the public.
The used book sale has a $5 entry fee for people ages 10 and older. This fee can be reduced by obtaining signatures from the visiting authors: $1 off the entry fee for each author’s signature up to $5 off total. Thus, five authors’ signatures makes entry to the used book sale also free.
Bags and author signature sheets will be provided.
All books at the used book sale will be $5 a bag. The sale is being held to raise money to support the Wellsboro Area School District’s four public school libraries. All money from the sale will be given to the libraries to purchase new and used books.
The local and regional authors attending this year’s BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process. They represent a huge variety of genres and publishing venues. Among them are writers of Christian and children’s books, local history, poetry and mysteries.
Ken Cobb, Mansfield University art professor, is bringing his new coloring books. Baiba Kreger of Liberty who wrote a memoir of her family’s escape from World War II Latvia, is the only author who will have attended all eight BookFests.
Other authors at this Saturday’s BookFest will be Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge, Bob Cox, Jr., Frank Deter, Lilace Guignard,
Judith Sornberger, and Linda Stager; Cheryl Edgcomb and Margaret Kroeck, both of Knoxville; Michelle Lazurek of Coudersport; Leslie Jensen of Galeton; Dawn Lubertowicz of Tunkhannock; Dan Nestlerode of State College; Shirley Brosius of Millersburg; and
Chris McClean of Philadelphia. From nearby New York State communities will be Don Darrin, Patrick Thomas, John Speziani, and Susan Williams Beckhorn. Also attending will be Noelle Mustari of New Egypt, N.J. who used to live in the area and Ann Brucklacher Perramond of Denver, Colorado, a Wellsboro class of ’89 graduate whose family still lives here.
The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading, writing and critical thinking. It is organized by Wellsboro Area School District teachers and staff under the direction of Tammy Knowlton, high school librarian and by From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Wellsboro’s local bookstore.