Willoughby-Eastlake library Author Expo

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Mary Ann signing a book during the Author Expo.

It was cool to meet weather guru Dick Goddard and chat with him. Here he is goofing around giving an endorsement to Ohio Tales of the Titanic!

It was cool to meet weather guru Dick Goddard and chat with him. Here he is goofing around giving an endorsement to Ohio Tales of the Titanic!

I took part in the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library’s first (hope it will be annual!) Author Expo on Sept. 21, at the Willoughby Hills (Ohio) Community Center, where 30 local authors displayed, signed and sold their books. Gale Lippucci and her crew did a great job in organizing this event. There were spacious tables for each author, nearby restrooms, punch and cookies available in the large meeting room, and the authors were invited to partake of a pizza and pasta lunch, served downstairs. The community center is a great facility for hosting events. The event must have been widely promoted as a crowd of people filtered in and out throughout the day.  I was pleased with the sales. There were a number of “big name” local authors at the event, like Dick Goddard and Les Roberts, as well as those of us whose books are smaller and appeal to a narrower audience — still there was a lot of interest with people coming up to ask questions and chat.

— Mary Ann Whitley

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