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The Avon Free Public Library's Local Author Festival returns for its fourth year! The Festival will be held in the Avon Library’s Community Room during the months of June, July, and August, 2017.

Master flyer available here!


This year’s Local Author Festival theme is “Conversations.”

Hear what these authors have to say about writing, creating, and editing. Find out what their characters have to say to each other!  Learn how they create meaningful conversations for readers in a modern world of constant distractions.  Events are free and open the public. Books will be for sale at each event.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:30 pm Biography/Memoir Author Panel
featuring Shawn Flynn, Wendy Rosenberg, Sherry Horton, Sonya Huber, Jack Sheedy, Jeremy Joyell, D. Margaret Hoffman!     


Tuesday, August 8,  2017, 6:30 pm Mystery Author Panel
featuring  Chris Knopf, Dawn Leger, Carole Shmurak,  Penny Goetjen, Steve Liskow, and Martin Herman!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:00 pm Author Philip Goduti
with his book launch of RFK and MLK: Visions of Hope, 1963-1968.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00 pm Author Adriana Trigiani
with her book launch of Kiss Carlo. Co-sponsored by the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club.

Thursday, August 17,  2017, 6:30 pm  Children’s and Teen Author Panel featuring Stacy Mozer, Gaetano J. Amato, Shawn Elizabeth George, Juliana Spink Mills, Liz Delton, and Steven Parlato!              


Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm  Historical Fiction Panel
showcasing stories set in Connecticut! Featuring Diana Ross McCain, Beth Caruso, and Barbara Orberle!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:30 pm Author Andrew Gross
with his book launch of The Saboteur. 



  June 2017 events, already concluded:

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2:00 pm  Author Ann Leary
It’s the paperback launch of The Children!  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:30 pm  Fiction Author Panel
featuring Rebecca Schwartz, Susan R. Harrison, Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Michael J. Hallisey, and Nancy Roman! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 pm Romance Author Panel
featuring Lisa G. Samia,  Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick, Megan Ryder, Jamie K. Schmidt, and Carol Ann Moleti! 


To date, 105 authors have been part of this festival, including Archer Mayor, James Frey, Matthew Dicks, audiobook reader Johnny Heller, and a host of other New England writing talent. Fiction, mystery, history, biography, children’s, and poetry authors have all been part of the Local Author Festival. 

The series includes a featured author event and continues with genre nights that allow writers to share their works with our audience throughout the summer.

2014 focused on publishing;

2015 focused on the reader experience;

2016 focused on characters, and introduced the panel format for author presentations



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tpanik@avonctlibrary.info, clarsen@avonctlibrary.info

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