BookFest 2019 Authors & Vendors

FEATURED Author: TBD

We are determining this year’s featured author and we’ll be announcing really soon! Stay tuned!

Donald Firesmith

Donald Firesmith writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, and horror novels, and he relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. He lives in Crafton, Pa., with his wife, Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.

#2019 #Science Fiction #Paranormal #Fiction #Fantasy #Authors #

Cindy McDonald

For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer. Nowadays she spends most of her time in front of a laptop. She has written eleven novels—suspense, seven novellas—cozy mystery, four short stories, and three children’s books. She lives at her 45-acre horse farm in Hookstown, Pa., with her husband, Bill, and their poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

#2019 #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #Children's Books #Cozy Mystery #Romantic Suspense

Sheila Rae Myers

Sheila is an independent author with several works of Christian fiction and nonfiction. Sheila has also written a book about her service as a Navy Hospital Corpsman.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Fiction #Authors #Christian Fiction #Christian Non-Fiction #military biography

Becky L. Stout

Becky L. Stout has been writing seriously since the age of 15 and has been self-publishing for nearly a decade.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Fiction #Authors #Contemporary Fiction #Poetry #short stories

Pamela Jean Horter-Moore

Pam Horter-Moore was born and raised in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in English and Fine Arts. She is retired from a career in communications and now devotes herself to creative writing.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #General

April Hartmann

April Hartmann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer, freelancing from her home-studio in Washington, Pennsylvania. When not at the drawing table, she’s usually involved in some other creative task like writing, decorating, or testing recipes to get her family to eat more vegetables.

#2019 #Childrens Books #Authors #Christian #Christmas #picture book

Joy Givens

Joy Givens writes fiction for young adults and children. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her husband, their two sons, and an impossibly lovable dog. When not writing, tutoring, or freelance editing, she enjoys music, cooking, volunteer work, good books, good friends, and good coffee.

#2019 #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #Beach Reads #Short Fiction #Young Adult

Larry Ivkovich

Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in more than twenty online and print publications, including Shoreline of Infinity, Across the Karman Line, and TV Gods II. He’s been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction. Larry is a member of the Pittsburgh SF group Parsec, the writing/critique group WorD, Pennwriters, the Mindful Writers East and North, and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA. He lives in Coraopolis, Pa., with his beautiful, talented wife, Martha, and wonder cat Milo.

#2019 #Science Fiction #Fantasy #Authors #Fantasy #Science Fiction

Linda M. Au

Linda enjoys long walks on the beach—actually, no, she doesn’t. Short walks are easier. She does enjoy typewriters, crocheting, air conditioning, cats, guinea pigs, semi-tame squirrels, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Sam’s Club trips looking for huge vats of salsa, and anything else that lends a grand sense of bold adventure to her adrenaline-junkie life. Her writing time is spent on her humor books and a bunch of unwieldy novels.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Fiction #Authors #Cozy Mystery #Humor #travel

Michael Nyers

Michael Nyers is a poet, mixed media artist, author, mental health advocate, and all around funny guy from Youngstown, Ohio. His passion is blackout poetry—a mixture of poetry and art made by taking printed text and blacking out words to create a poem or statement—which can promote mindfulness and creativity, benefiting overall well-being.

#2019 #Authors #Poetry

Abigail Drake

Award-winning author Abigail Drake is a coffee addict, a red wine drinker, and a compulsive book hoarder. She writes women’s fiction and young adult fiction, and blogs about her naughty Labrador, Capone. Her newest book, Love, Chocolate, and a Dog Named Al Capone, is set in Beaver.

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Tony Lavorgne

Tony Lavorgne specializes in obscure paranormal in the anthropological topics. He is an accomplished researcher, author, and public speaker on the subject. He is a co-author of the Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania and the author of Astonishing Tales of Pennsylvania.

#2019 #Paranormal #Non-Fiction #Legends #Authors #Folklore #Legends #Paranormal

Audrey J Snyder

Audrey Jane Snyder is an enterprising professional who has spent 40+ years in the corporate sector in the fields of human resource management and customer and community service. She has been an independent consultant specializing in online web-based training of interpersonal skills for first-line managers.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Memoir #Romantic Suspense

Stefanie Hohl

Stefanie Hohl, M.Ed., has been teaching children to read for years. Through teaching preschool, homeschooling, and running storytime at a local bookstore, Stefanie has developed a simple Learn-to-Read picture book series. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and five children.

#2019 #Childrens Books #Phonics #educational #learn to read

Edward Bonner

The titles of Edward V. Bonner’s poetry suggest some ways in which the poems inside balance the universe. Most of the poems examine the themes of beauty and risk, pleasure and danger, in the context of one of three kinds of relationships: to romantic partners, to the spiritual world, and nature.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Poetry

Recycled Reads

Keeping unwanted books out of landfills – one folded book art sculpture or journal at a time. Recycled Reads makes art and functional items from old books. Items include folded book art sculptures, journals/sketchbooks, quilled book art, book spine bookmarks, and other items according to the inspiration provided.

#2019 #Vendors #Retail #

Missy Reynolds

Missy Reynolds is inventive and dramatic, scheming up plots and stories since she was a young girl. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family and pets and is active in her comunity. She is a self-proclaimed book nerd, but has many interests. Getting lost in a book is her favorite, though.

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Ruth Ochs Webster

Ruth is a retired teacher of language arts and United States history. Born in Covington, Kentucky, on the banks of the Ohio River, she now calls Pittsburgh’s three rivers her home. Her awards include: TAZ Author Award for Best Historical Fiction, 2017 Fiction Prize, Backbone Mountain Review, 2013.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Biographical Historical Fiction #Civil War Historical Fiction #Military Historical Fiction

Linda Lamneck Medwig

Linda Medwig wrote The Big Sneeze forty years ago for a children’s literature course while attending college. But the best part of the story within a story is that her mother did the illustrations! Linda’s professor thought the work was good enough for publication! But just recently published!

#2019 #Childrens Books #Authors #Fiction

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Founder of the Mindful Writers Groups, Madhu Bazaz Wangu’s books include a story collection, two novels, and four nonfiction books. Her three meditation CDs help writers to improve focus, remove blocks, and increase creative flow. Her books as well as the CDs will be available at the BookFest.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Multicultural #Stories #women's

Paul Johnson, illustrator; Patty Schaal, lyricist

Paul is an acrylic painter and wood sculptor, mainly farm and woodland animals. With Patty’s book, The Christmas Child, Paul added more than 170 animals, both forest and desert, to complement her lyrics about a mother’s love for a child born at Christmas. Paul exhibits at local shows, including Old Economy Village.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #Christmas story #bedtime #young children

Nadette Rae Rodgers

Nadette Rae Rodgers lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pa. At just 21, she is the award-winning author of The Illusion Trilogy (a YA romance-thriller about dreams) and two children’s books about an adorable owl. Rodgers hopes her books will inspire others to follow their dreams.

#2019 #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #YA romance-thriller #baby books #romance-thriller

Alicia Stankay

Alicia Stankay is a local fiction writer and photographer. After finishing the second book in her Stonecliff Mystery series, she’s researching to write another book based on Old Economy Village in her hometown Ambridge. Her photography has appeared at the Merrick Art Gallery and Cranberry Art Shows.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Mystery #Young Adult #short stories

Frederic S. Durbin

FREDERIC S. DURBIN writes fantasy for grownups and children. His most recent novel was named a Reading List Honor Book by the American Library Association and a Best Fantasy of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He is a poet-on-demand and a frequent presenter of workshops on writing and typewriters.

#2019 #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #Fantasy #Middle-Grade (children's) Fantasy #dark fantasy

Wendelin Gray

Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer with the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 2007 to 2018. Her horror novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won two book awards.

#2019 #Fiction #Childrens Books #Authors #Fantasy #Horror #Light Sci Fi

Paul Mitura

Paul Mitura is an Army officer with 34 years of service and is the author of three books.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Authors #Military History

Lifesteps Early Head Start

Lifesteps Early Head Start is a nonprofit, home-based program in Beaver County that provides educational and developmentally appropriate activities for pregnant women and children birth to 3 years of age. These services are provided in the comfort of your own home once a week for 90 minutes.

#2019 #Vendors #Retail #

Susan Lower

From fantastical adventures to the sweet old West, Susan Lower invites readers of all ages into a world where love and light prevail. Her series are clean and wholesome reads filled with cowboys, heroes, and hope.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Adventure #Fantasy #Western

Crystal B. Stone

Crystal B. Stone’s poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Anomaly Literary JournalWriters Resist, Drunk Monkeys, Coldnoon, Poets Reading the News, Jet Fuel ReviewSouthword Journal Online, and others. Her latest collection, Knock-Off Monarch, was published by Dawn Valley Press in 2018.

#2019 #Authors #Poetry

Toni Ray Pugh

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Authors #Autobiography #christian education

Linda K. Schmitmeyer

Linda Schmitmeyer is a freelance writer and adjunct university instructor. Semi-retired now, she’s worked in classrooms, newsrooms, and PR offices. At the heart of her career, the thread running through the years, is her love of writing. Her memoir Rambler was released by Artists’ Orchard in 2018.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Authors #Literary Non-Fiction #Memoir

Daisy Beiler Townsend

Daisy Beiler Townsend has been writing and publishing in magazines and periodicals for over 35 years. In 2014, Daisy published Homespun Faith, followed by Sarah’s Legacy and Sarah’s Legacy Shared. She and her husband, Donn, live in Pennsylvania and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

#2019 #Non-Fiction #Fiction #Authors #Autobiographical #Christian Historical Fiction #Devotional

Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller grew up in a small town in Ohio and has worked as a mental health clinical counselor for the past 25 years. When not writing, she enjoys hiking/biking weekend trips or indulging in British murder mystery marathons.

#2019 #Fiction #Authors #Romance #Science Fiction #Young Adult

Viki Doyle Heagy

Viki Doyle Heagy is a local author from Beaver County. Faith and family are her top priorities. She has four published children’s books. Viki hopes the characters in her books inspire and motivate children as well as provide a spring board for parents and teachers to discuss issues facing children today.

#2019 #Childrens Books #Authors #

Are you an author or a local vendor?

Register for Beaver County BookFest 2019

TO REGISTER FOR A SPACE IN THE MAIN AUTHORS’ TENT:

Registration deadline is 8-5-19.

Questions? Contact Linda Au.


AUTHOR FAQs

Q: How much space will I have?
A: Approximately 10 ft. x 10 ft. Participants will be provided with one (1) 8 ft. long table and one (1) chair. Also, one author = one space/application. Co-authors of the same book may share the same space, but otherwise, each author must reserve his or her own space.

Q: How many books should I bring?
A: Although we cannot guarantee sales, many authors sell anywhere from 10-20 books during the festival. A safe number would be 25.

Q: What besides books should I bring?
A: Since one of the main objectives of BookFest is to help our authors promote themselves, we encourage you to bring business cards, flyers, free giveaways, etc…anything that can help you make connections and build an audience.  Since we will be refunding a registration fee for the author with the best decorated table, you should also bring whatever you need to make your space as pleasing to the eye as possible. And don’t forget to bring a chair, too.

Q: How many people attend the festival?
A: On average anywhere from 2,000-4,000, depending on the weather.

Q: Do I have to provide my own tent?
A: No. Authors are set up inside our Author Tent, which is a large, circus-type tent with sidewalls to protect you and your books/marketing materials from the weather.

Q: How much promotion does the BookFest Committee do?
A: Although we do our best to promote the festival through social media, press releases, paid advertisements, flyers, and outdoor advertising, we highly encourage the participating authors to promote the festival as much as possible through their own channels.

Q: Will food and/or water be provided?
A: Although we are not able to supply food and/or water to our participants, representatives from our local restaurants will be coming around to take your lunch order if you are interested. Otherwise, please remember to bring along food, water, and snacks for the day.