A Book Author Series, a new opportunity to meet local authors and celebrate books, will take place for the first time in Fenton on special dates in October and November.
Book signing dates will be Tuesdays, Oct. 15 and 29, and Nov. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. LeRoy St.
Guests will have a chance to meet the authors and discuss their books. There is a small fee for each event, with the exception of the Nov. 12 signing, which is free. Fees will be returned to the guest with the purchase of a book. Light refreshments will be served.
These events will be held in partnership with Karen Piacentini, owner of Fenton’s Open Book in downtown Fenton.
“Because of her ownership of the bookstore, we thought it would be a great partnership,” said Pat Lockwood, chairperson of the city of Fenton Arts & Cultural Commission.
The first event will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, featuring four local authors:
• Boyd Craven, of Grand Blanc, who has penned more than 30 books
• D.L. Gould of Chicago, science fiction author of “The Lazarus Vaccine”
• Tina Truax, award-winning essayist and author, biographer
• Brenda Haas, of Fenton, award-winning author and writer
The Oct. 29 event will feature a discussion and book signing from John U. Bacon, author of “Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football.”
The Nov. 12 event will include a book discussion and signing from author Andy Bartonwak of Birmingham, author of “A Christmas to Remember” and Denise Brennan-Nelson of Howell, children’s book author.
“This is the first event like this of many, I hope,” Piacentini said. “Support your local authors, the bookstore and the community. “
This series is made possible through a grant awarded this year to the Fenton Arts & Cultural Commission.
The city of Fenton was awarded $29,000 to use for art and cultural events through Share Art Genesee grants in Genesee County, which will help fund these author events.
The funds were also used to sponsor Kids Art Camp and an upcoming public charette session on Nov. 6, to get public input on the local need for art and cultural events.
Book Author Series tickets are available at Fenton’s Open Book or on the Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation website, slpr.net.