Event features local authors
By Lucas Gonzalez StaffWriter
A local independent writer is organizing the first Springfield Book Fair, which will feature authors from across Ohio.

The Springfield Book Fair will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. It is co-sponsored by local independent publisher Hen House Publishing and Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, where the event will be hosted, according to a news release.

It will feature over 20 local, independently published authors who will sell their books on site, according to a news release.

The participating authors’ bodies of work span a wide variety of genres, including fiction, romance, paranormal fiction, horror, and self-help, according to Karen Smith, event organizer, freelance writer and editor, and creator of Henhouse Publishing.

“Anything that gets people involved or interested in reading is always a good thing - not only for the library, but for the community as a whole,” said Allison Peck, public relations manager at the Clark County Library.

Smith wanted the book fair to promote other independent writers.

“There is more literature out there than what you can find on the grocery store shelves, and there’s more than what you can find in a library,” Smith said.

“We have stories we need to tell, and we want people to know about them and to enjoy them as well.” Book fair attendees will also find a handmade jewelry vendor and Schmidt’s Sausage Truck parked outside the brewery, according to the news release.

Smith said that she intends for the Springfield Book Fair to be a seasonal event.

“I’m hoping that people will take advantage of this opportunity to come see some local authors and maybe find a new favorite book,” Smith said.

Contact Lucas Gonzalez at Lucas.Gonzalez@coxinc.com.