How can you make a whole bunch of people happy with one simple act? Buy a book at the Local Author Book Sale, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Neyland Library (formerly the Parkdale Public Library).
The event was organized by library board member Sue Donahoe. “We hope this will be the first step in building a strong connection between the Library and the local writing community.”
Sue is herself a writer with the mission of promoting the independent musician, author, and artist. She and her late husband, Mike Donahoe, owned Local Flavor, a tiny shop in Austin that sold only local things, and for five years Sue wrote about the exploding music scene for magazines in 3 countries. After moving to Corpus Christi Sue helped to open Surf Club Records, a sister business to the Executive Surf Club and she and Brad Lomax co-founded The South Texas Music Walk of Fame. Sue’s book, “Never Heard of ‘Em, Austin’s Music Explosion, 1994 – 2000” was released in 2011.
In addition to being on the library board, Sue has a family connection to the facility: Anita T and William Neyland were her late husband’s parents.
So, who are all those people you’re going to make happy by attending the sale?
First, there’s you. You’ll find all kinds of books to choose from. Books about our region’s history, about Texas music, about being a Jew in Egypt and about growing up in Alaska will be available. Two different authors will sell collections of stories based on Korean folk tales and Native American legends. Fiction and non-fiction, romance, dragons and mystics – authors in our area write about it all! The authors are right there to answer them. Curious about writing or publishing in general? Feel free to ask away.
Second, there’s the person for whom you buy a book as a gift. Introduce your friend to one of your favorite authors or help your friend discover a new favorite. Don’t forget to ask the book sale authors to inscribe the book to your friend to personalize that gift and make it extra special.
You’ll make the authors happy. Take it from me; writing’s a fairly solitary exercise. Oh, sure, we can write in a coffeehouse, bookstore, library or other public place. For the most part though it’s just we writers alone with our ideas for hours, days, weeks, months, even years. Meeting our readers at events like this and getting a little pat on the back now and then keeps us going. So does actually selling copies of our book. Many of us are working writers and this is how we make a living.
Last, you’ll make library patrons happy because the authors are donating 30% of the proceeds of their sales to the library to help fund many of the exciting and educational programs held in libraries all over town throughout the year. Newly confirmed Director of Corpus Christi Libraries Laura Garcia is thrilled about the authors’ donation of sales to the library. “This kind of support makes it easier to bring future programs to Corpus Christi that will help these authors and others as well.” Future possible programs include workshops, contests, and classes.
Here are just a few of the authors you’ll meet:
Sue Hastings, co-author of “ARANSAS: The Life of a Texas Coastal County,” spent every summer vacation in Rockport from infancy until 1986, when she moved there full time. The Rockport Center for the Arts commissioned the writing of the history, which was published in 1997. Ms. Hastings has written for Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines, and for several years she had a “slot” on the “Corpus Christi Caller-Times’ Feedback” column. She now lives in Corpus Christi, with frequent trips to Rockport for her continuing interest in, and support of, its historical preservation.
Kathryn Black Morrow is an historian, author and researcher. Her first book, “Guide to the Texas Slave Trade Series, 1818-1886,” published in 2006, brought to light more than 200 previously unpublished original Texas documents. Her second book, “Defender of America’s Gulf Coast; A History of Ellington Field, Texas 1917-2007,” published in 2007, documented the extraordinary role a local air field played in aviation history from the first World War to the Space Age. Her third book, titled “Meant to Fly; the Career of Captain A.J. High, Pilot for Trans-Texas Airways,” which came out in October, 2008, is a history of Trans-Texas Airways, and Texas International Airlines, through the memoirs of Capt. A.J. High, who was one of the first sixteen pilots hired by TTA in 1947. A native Houstonian, Kathryn began her career as a professional historical and genealogical researcher at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh in 1969, and now has more than forty years of experience in academic research, family research and historical documentation. Kathryn and her husband Michael now live in Rockport.
Heather Johnson Miller lived for two years in Perryville, an Aleutian village on the Alaskan peninsula, in 1961 to 1963 while her own parents were teachers there. She wrote “Lost in Alaska: A Texas Girl and an Aleut Boy” and “My People or Myself ,” published by the Council for Indian Education because she wants to preserve the unique culture and customs of the Aleut people. “Lost in Alaska,” a story about a young girl whose life is turned upside down when her Texan parent take teaching jobs in an Alaskan Aleut village, is suited for readers in grades 3 to 6. “My People or Myself” is a young adult story about three different people who must come to terms with important events in their lives.
I’ll be there too. In addition to the “Dee-Scoveries” column that I’ve written for “The Island Moon” newspaper for over three years, I’ve written for television, radio, magazines and various blogs plus two novels. “The Lost King” and “The King’s Ransom” are Books One and Two of “The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam,” a five-star literary fantasy series. I’m working on Book Three, “The King’s Redress,” and I’ll be previewing my newest work, “Naked Came the Sharks,” a contemporary thriller set in the Texas Coastal Bend that’s slated for a release this winter.
For information about the Neyland Local Authors Book Sale, visit the Web site at http://cclibraries.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/neylandlibrary. Call Michelle Balis or Jeanie Garza at Nelyand Library, (361) 826-2370. or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, stop by 1230 Carmel Parkway in Corpus Christi, behind Sutherlands. Regular hours for the library are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. I’ll see you there.