More than a dozen local independent authors are gathering in one place this month to read from their books, talk about their books, and ideally sell and sign some copies, as well.
The first Local Indie Authors Book Fair is being held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Nanaimo’s Harbourfront Library.
Naomi P. Lane, who moved to Nanaimo a year ago, said she came up with the idea for the event as a way to connect with the local literary community to promote books together. Through the B.C. Federation of Writers, her own contacts and word of mouth, she found 15 other authors keen to participate.
Lane has self-published four books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent work, released this past fall, is called Letters from my Dead Sister and was inspired by finding a packet of letters written in the 1980s. Lane writes about her sister’s “wild and crazy life” and struggles with bipolar disorder.
“I’m kind of drawn to personal, psychological, relationships, that kind of stuff,” the author said.
Lane hopes the indie authors book fair will benefit both readers and independent authors who face challenges getting the word out about their books.
“You’re constantly promoting yourself on your website and on social media, through groups like the B.C. Federation of Writers. You’re looking for every opportunity you can find and yes, it is very challenging,” Lane said.
Some of the other authors who will be at the fair include J.P. McLean, Diana Stevan and Suzanne Anderson. There will be one room dedicated to readings every 20 minutes, and another room for sales and signings.
The event goes from noon- 4 p.m. For more information about Lane and her books, visit http://naomiplane.com.
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