8th annual Wellsboro BookFest to be held

WELLSBORO — The eighth annual Wellsboro BookFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St.

Attending BookFest will be 23 visiting authors. The author portion of the event is free and open to the public.

The used book sale has an entry fee for people ages 10 and older. This fee can be reduced by obtaining signatures from the visiting authors. Five authors’ signatures makes entry to the used book sale also free.

Bags and author signature sheets will be provided.

All books at the used book sale will be sold in bags. The sale is being held to raise money to support the Wellsboro Area School District’s four public school libraries to buy new and used books.

The local and regional authors attending this year’s BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process.  Among them are writers of Christian and children’s books, local history, poetry and mysteries.

Ken Cobb, Mansfield University art professor, is bringing his new coloring books. Baiba Kreger, of Liberty, who wrote a memoir of her family’s escape from World War II Latvia, is the only author who will have attended all eight BookFests.

Other authors at this Saturday’s BookFest will be Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge, Bob Cox, Jr., Frank Deter, Lilace Guignard, Judith Sornberger and Linda Stager; Cheryl Edgcomb and Margaret Kroeck, both of Knoxville; Michelle Lazurek, of Coudersport; Leslie Jensen, of Galeton; Dawn Lubertowicz, of Tunkhannock; Dan Nestlerode, of State College; Shirley Brosius, of Millersburg; and Chris McClean, of Philadelphia. From nearby New York State communities will be Don Darrin, Patrick Thomas, John Speziani and Susan Williams Beckhorn. Also attending will be Noelle Mustari, of New Egypt, New Jersey, who used to live in the area and Ann Brucklacher Perramond, of Denver, Colorado, a Wellsboro Class of ’89 graduate.

The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading, writing and critical thinking. It is organized by Wellsboro Area School District teachers and staff under the direction of Tammy Knowlton, high school librarian and by From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Wellsboro’s local bookstore.

For information about the used book sale, contact Tammy Knowlton at Wellsboro Senior High School by calling 570-724-3547 or emailing tknowlton@wellsbo ­rosd.org.