Author Fair Events

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Aspire to be published? Market yourself? Just getting started with writing? Our seminars are here to teach, inspire and answer your questions! The authors of our Fair are here to help.

10 AM - Techniques of Fiction - for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

Author, educator and broadcast journalist, Karen Jones is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works: Up the Bestsellers List, Kingdom of Hearts, The Highland Witch, and Death for Beginners. She directed the Virginia Writers Conference for five years, has taught writing workshops at ODU, CNU and the University of Richmond, and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and The Authors Guild.

11 AM - What Educators are Looking for in Children's Books

Author Vikki Lynn Smith is a veteran educator, whose passion for storytelling inspired her first book series, In the Woods, and first book Summer the Firefly. She is an avid animal lover, and when not writing about her furry friends, she is with her family and golden retrievers at home on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

12 AM - Social Media and Marketing for Authors

Author Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series and her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and To Fetch a Thief. Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.

1 PM - Rising Above the Noise: Maximizing Your Profits with

Chris Kennedy is an author, editor, and publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Find out more at


Special Author Visit: Charlene Butts Ligon

Charlene Butts Ligon was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia.  She served in the United States Air Force as a Meteorologist and retired at the rank of master sergeant after serving over 20 years.  After retirement Charlene became an entrepreneur, she operated Intimate Creations (a lingerie boutique) in Bellevue, Nebraska from 1994-2000. 

Charlene is the author of the book Fearless: How a poor Virginia seamstress took on Jim Crow, beat the poll tax and changed her city forever.  The book is about her mother Evelyn T. Butts who became a forceful and courageous voting rights champion and won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the poll tax.


Look for Dr. Seuss crafts in Slover Library's children's area for Read Across America. Check back for a schedule of storytimes by our local children's authors!