Huxley Public Library Hosts Authors’ Fair Featuring 10 Iowa Writers
Ten authors from Iowa will be featured at the Huxley Public Library Authors’ Fair on Saturday, November 13. The free event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will provide an opportunity for book lovers to speak with the authors in a relaxed, one-on-one atmosphere.
“Each author will be assigned to a table or area in the section of the library that contains their material,” said Cathy Van Maanen, director of library services at Huxley. “As you can see, it’s a wide variety of genres and I’m excited about it.”
Rachel Aukes, Kim Harms, Dan Halfman, Linda McCann, Jolene Philo, Andy Heintz, Matthew Morgan, Sara Jordan-Heintz, Erin Severson and Julie Stone will be the featured authors.
The authors will have their books to sell, she said.
“I think in light of all the news about ‘no holiday property for sale’ this type of event can be seen as a way to support the locals,” Van Maanen said.
There will also be a writing workshop, led by the author’s fair featured speaker, Rachel Aukes, at 11 a.m.
“Rachel is a well-published local science fiction writer,” Van Maanen said. “She has donated many of her books to the library and has visited us in the past for programs. She is very sympathetic and very pro-librarian.
Aukes has written a series of Tidy Guides on writing, editing and publishing. She will follow the series format for her workshop, Van Maanen said. The series is for writers who dream of writing a book but don’t know where to start, writers who are in the middle of a project and feel stuck, and those who just feel overwhelmed. The rest of the day will be spent in informal interactions with the authors, she said.
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A selection of Usborne books will also be on sale at the library during the Authors’ Fair.
“Usborne is a UK publisher with very popular children’s books, most often sold through the home party platform – in person or at virtual parties,” Van Maanen said. “We will use the proceeds from this sale to replace worn books in our collection or add new ones. “
The Friends of the Library will serve you a light breakfast in the safe from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The fair will also include a door prize of gift cards from local businesses.
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Know the authors
Rachel Aukes is the best-selling novelist of more than 30 novels, including “100 Days in Deadland,” which was named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of the Year” list. She writes in a number of genres including science fiction, horror, thriller, and romance. When not writing, Aukes can be found flying old planes with her husband and an incredibly spoiled dog over the central Iowa countryside.
Kim Harm is the author of “Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction”. She has worked as a freelance journalist and writer for the past two decades. She underwent bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries in 2016 after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 and then underwent further surgeries when her implants were recalled. Harms enjoys reading, remodeling projects and going on adventures with her husband, Corey, and their three sons.
Dan Halfman is a Christian, a husband and a father. He writes children’s books that share the gospel in a way that children and parents can relate to. Halfman is also a physiotherapist in Ankeny, where he lives with his wife and children. His books include “The Reason for Christmas”, “The Reason for Easter” and “The Love of God”.
Linda mccann is an Iowa native who enjoys sharing information she finds about Iowa history. She has published 14 books. His most recent will be “Rosie the Riveters of Iowa”. She’s finishing a book on polio in Iowa. McCann started writing when she was doing genealogy and discovered that she was descended from the founder of where she lives in Iowa.
Jolene Philo is the author of several books for the special needs and disability community, including “Sharing Love Abundantly with Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities,” which she co-wrote with Dr. Gary Chapman. Philo and her husband live in Polk City.
Andy heintz, formerly of Ames, now resides in Norwalk and is a consultant and freelance writer covering politics and human rights. He is the author of “Dissidents of the International Left”. The book consists of 77 interviews with activists from around the world. It was named favorite book of 2020 by The Progressive magazine.
Matthew MorganChildren’s stories are based on the lives of real children with disabilities and are a source of inspiration for children and adults alike. Morgan lives in central Iowa and often visits these children. A portion of the proceeds from all of her books will benefit children in need.
Sara jordan heintz, formerly of Ames, now resides in Norwalk and is an award-winning journalist whose work appears in a variety of newspapers and magazines. His book “Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland” tells the story behind the story of 12 classic Hollywood legends, all from the heart of America. She is also the author of the new true crime biography “Who Killed Dorothy Kilgallen?”
Erin Stevenson has inspiring stories that cross his mind during most of his waking hours. When not writing, Stevenson enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing in the backyard of her central Iowa home.
Julie pierre writes romantic comedies with a more mature heroine because luckily the Eternals shouldn’t have an expiration date, she says. Originally from a small town in Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa, she happily settled in her home country over a decade ago.