Meet the Authors Book Festival

Meet 20 Acclaimed Authors in Free Book Festival!

Saturday, October 8, 2022
Kalama Community Building
free and open to the public

Write on the River writers retreat will partner with the Kalama Library to bring 20 acclaimed authors to southwest Washington on October 8, 2022. This first-ever Meet The Author event gives the public the chance to connect one-on-one with today’s top writers. The event is free and open to the public at the Kalama Community Building. “For book lovers, having a group of authors come to town is better than a circus,” says Elaine Bystrom, Library Director. “We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to connect them with our readers.”

“This event has something for everyone,” says Sheryl Scarborough, a Kalama author who organized the writer’s retreat. “Meet award-winning authors of mystery/suspense books, picture books, even elementary school and YA novels.” Fans of mysteries, cozies, suspense and Private Investigator books should not miss the Whodunnit Game, which offers fun, prizes, and the rare chance to learn the secrets of mystery authors.

“This is Kalama Library’s must-see, go-to event,” says author Beth Bacon, of Bainbridge Island, WA. “Connecting with readers is one of the best parts of being an author.”


10 am: Storytime - ages 2-10

  • Beth Bacon reads The Panda Cub Swap
  • Rosanne Parry reads Big Truck Day
  • Suma Subramaniam reads Namaste is a Greeting

2:30 pm: Meet the Middle Grade Authors - ages 6-12

  • Rosanne Parry reads from her New York Times bestseller, A Wolf Called Wander
  • Tessa Roehl reads from Disney’s Princess Beginnings series

3:30 – 4 pm: Meet the YA Authors - ages 13-18
Our panel of authors for Young Adult readers includes:

  • Bonnie Pipkin
  • Estelle Laure
  • Ingrid Sundberg
  • Luisa Perkins
  • Nova McBee
  • Sheryl Scarborough
  • Tara Godjen
  • Tina Connolly

4:30 – 5 pm The Whodunit Game - ages 13-18
Win prizes and test your mystery-solving skills with the authors!

  • Bill Cameron
  • Carolyn Rose
  • Emmeline Duncan
  • Heather Redmond
  • H.R. Mason
  • Jennifer Wolfe
  • Mary Keliikoa
  • PJ Peterson

The event includes refreshments and raffle baskets to benefit FOLK (Friends of the Library at Kalama). Mention your book club or writer’s group to receive an extra raffle ticket.

Books by the authors are available to check out at the Library, and available for purchase from Vault Books and Brew, Castle Rock, Washington

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Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.