Local Author Fair
Local Author Fair: Saturday, November 18th
Join us for an engaging afternoon at our Local Author Fair! Come out to the Morgantown Public Library on Saturday, November 18th from 1:00-4:00pm on the 2nd floor to meet with local authors and creators! Books and art will be available for purchase, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to shop local for the holidays. We will also have light refreshments and a door prize raffle held at 3:00pm.
Exhibitors include Pascha Adamo, Tom Bredehoft, Mary Lucille DeBerry, Geoffrey C. Fuller, Raymond Keller, S. James McLaughlin, Patricia Hopper Patteson, Elisha Rush, Don Stansberry, Thomas C. Stuhr, Lori Wilson, and representatives from the Morgantown Writers Group will be in attendance. Read on to learn more about these writers and artists!
Local Authors & Creators:
Pascha Adamo – Author of Cece & Roxy
Pascha Adamo began writing to fill a need for her family and found she was filling a need for all families. After looking for children’s books featuring interracial families (like her own) with a biracial female protagonist, she was at a loss, especially for children ages 0-5. So Pascha set out to write stories which were a loose reflection of her growing family and, thus, CeCe & Roxy Books was born. CeCe & Roxy Books shares the story of a Roxy, a dog fostered by CeCe’s family, and their adventures together. Pascha has published two award-winning books, sold out of her first, and is working on three more! You can follow the journey of CeCe & Roxy Books on Instagram or Facebook under CeCe and Roxy Books or on their website, paschadamo.square.site.
Tom Bredehoft – Author of Foote
After moving to Morgantown in 2007, Tom Bredehoft realized he’d been an Appalachian almost all his life. He grew up at the very edge of the Appalachian foothills in Ohio, and Morgantown immediately felt like home. Like many another Appalachian, Tom has had more than one career – English professor, antique dealer, and (now) writer – although he hasn’t yet figured out how to make that last one pay. But he’s enjoying the work of writing, even so.
Mary Lucille DeBerry – Author of She Was the Girl
Mary Lucille DeBerry is a long-time Morgantown resident. Her latest book titled She Was the Girl rounds out a trilogy of poetry collections that also includes Bertha Butcher’s Coat and Alice Saw the Beauty. She also has a chapbook: Frogs, Fog and Flourishes. Her poems are found in the anthologies Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry and Coal: A Poetry Anthology as well as literary journals such as Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Voices from the Attic, and online at The Hamilton Stone Review, Issue 16 and Heartwood Literary Magazine, Issue 13.
Geoffrey C. Fuller – Co-Author of The WVU Coed Murders: Who Killed Mared and Karen?
Geoffrey Cameron Fuller has been a writer-editor in West Virginia for over 30 years. He’s written articles for many literary and commercial magazines, from Appalachian Heritage to Dirt Bike magazine. In 2012, he placed first nationally in Writer’s Digest 7th Annual Popular Fiction Writing competition for “Figure-Ground: Proof and Circumstance.”
Along the way, he was the only person in West Virginia awarded prestigious writing fellowships by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts in all three prose categories: fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. He has taught writing privately and conducted workshops at conferences for nearly 30 years.
Raymond Keller – Author of Venus Rising series
Dr. Raymond A. Keller, II, a.k.a. “Cosmic Ray,” a veteran and retired history professor, is the international awards-winning author of the Venus Rising series of books (Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books), seven to date and all fully illustrated. Dr. Keller’s books explore many facets of the conditions and life on Venus in many dimensions from a perspective of conspiracies, history, theosophy, ufology and current events, especially space research.
S. James McLaughlin – Co-Author of The WVU Coed Murders: Who Killed Mared and Karen?
S. James McLaughlin is a podcast producer and true-crime author living in Fairmont, WV. Appalachian Mysteria, written and produced in West Virginia, covers unsolved or unresolved cases in the Appalachian region, including the murders of WVU freshmen, Mared Malarik and Karen Ferrell, in 1970.
Patricia Hopper Patteson – Author of Second Chance Christmas
Patricia Hopper Patteson is originally from Dublin, Ireland and hails from a family of six siblings that is scattered across three continents. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from West Virginia University (WVU). She received literary honors from WVU in addition to numerous awards from the West Virginia Writers’ annual competition. She is the author of women’s fiction, particularly historical fiction, romance suspense, and romance.
Elisha Rush – Local Artist
Elisha Rush creates animal and fantasy illustrations, often with a colorful and humorous flair. She shows her work in various galleries and shops in the region, and on Instagram under the name @springfoxstudios. Elisha grew up in rural West Virginia watching what she claims were “way too many cartoons.” When not watching cartoons or spending time in the woods, Elisha was honing her drawing skills, inspired by the mix of colorful media she was consuming and the plants and animals that surrounded her.
Don Stansberry – Author of Vulture Bend
International Award-wining author, Don Stansberry, is a native West Virginian and an elementary school teacher. He is the author of Inky & the Missing Gold and Inky, Oglebee, & the Witches, and his children’s books — which he also illustrated, Koko & Stoney, winner of a Mom’s Choice Award and Crusty, named a Finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards. Don is the author of Secret Blood, a multi-award-winning book that took top honors for best spiritual fiction at the London Book Festival. It was named a Winner at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards at a reception at The Plaza in New York City during Book Expo America. His second novel, Vulture Bend, is a riveting good vs. evil award-winning story. Don is also part of the Headline Kids School Show Program.
Thomas C. Stuhr – Author of Commotion in Mingertown
Thomas C. Stuhr is an American author, actor, screenwriter and former U.S. Park Ranger. He resides in West Virginia with his wife Adrianna. Some of his passions are nature, hiking, film and music. His fiction work can be found on Amazon.com.
Lori Wilson – Author of The Dream Women Called
Lori Wilson is the author of the poetry collections House Where a Woman and The Dream Women Called, both from Autumn House Press. Thrice a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Wilson for ten years taught a poetry workshop in affiliation with the Madwomen in the Attic of Carlow University. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she works as a software developer.
Morgantown Writers Group
Morgantown Writers Group (MWG) uses the latest technology to host virtual Craft Workshops with guest authors (and experienced members), and hosts occasional Write-Ins, annual Writer Challenges — and they have hosted weekend retreats. MWG has a proven 3-step process for review of manuscripts (to 5000 words) and follows a 5-page writers critique guide. Since 1994, an estimated 680 writers have been involved in Morgantown Writers literary activities at the Morgantown Public Library. For more information, contact George Lies and Patricia Patteson.