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Sunday 15 June 2014

Librarian's Shelf: Meeting Book Creators

Have you ever been to an author event at the library? It’s a must-do for anyone interested in books, or if you want to interest someone else in them.

Meeting authors and illustrators, the creators of books, is an inspiring experience for readers of all ages. As a librarian, I've been fortunate to be there when many authors have visited the library to share their work. It’s almost inevitable that the children (and adults) become enthusiastic about reading a new book, or trying their hand at writing themselves. I remember meeting an author at my school library and being fascinated by the process of developing a story--the 'behind the scenes' perspective of creating a book.

It’s lots of fun to hear from the creators of your favourite books, or if you don’t know anything about them, to hear about new books and authors and expand your reading interests.

Each author or illustrator will have a different approach to their visit, but they usually have some things in common. They will probably, for example, talk about how they got started, where their ideas come from, or how they work in collaboration. Most will leave plenty of time for questions, and sometimes you might get a sneak peak at a story that hasn’t been published yet.

Often, there will be books for sale so you can get a autographed copy (if you already have one you’d like signed, that’s usually okay, too). Watch out for writing workshops which are occasionally offered as well.

Keep an eye out for any author events at your local library and make the most of them. They can be popular though, so if bookings are necessary, it’s important to make one as early as possible.

Sarah Steed is our Consultant Librarian and reviewer. A former Children's and Young Adult Librarian, she has more than 18 years' experience working in public libraries. Sarah comes from a family of readers and has shelves full to bursting with books.