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The Duncan Public Library is giving local authors a chance for exposure during its Local Author Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the library.
Out of the 20 authors signed up, the majority of them are from Stephens County. A couple are from Lawton and there is one author coming from Texas.
“More authors signed up than we expected and we’re completely out of room,” said Jan Cole, librarian.
In previous years, the authors have had the opportunity to mingle with the community at the Chisholm Trail Book Festival, however, the event was not held this year. For that reason, the library decided to hold their own event.
“We had a day like this a couple of years ago but then we started directing the authors who came in to the book festival,” Cole said. “When I found out they weren’t having it this year, I started taking down their names and numbers, then I contacted them.”
The authors will have tables set up throughout the library where visitors can stop by to visit and have the option to buy books and get them signed. Cole said there are only positive comments from the authors about the upcoming event.
“They’re very excited about it,” she said. “They like to meet with the public and introduce their books.”
Some are new authors who are trying to build their audience, while others have a following but have a recent work they want to introduce to their fans. Several are also willing to share their stories on how they got published.
It will be free to enter the library and the Friends of the Library will have the coffee shop open.
Cole hopes that those who attend will also take the time to look around the library.
“We recently updated the teen section and no one really ever looks upstairs,” she said. “It will be a fun day and we’re expecting a good crowd.”