Through the years Montgomery County has been known for men and women who put together words into thoughts and stories that eventually end up becoming a book. And, although the county has not had another General Lew Wallace masterpiece such as “Ben-Hur” recently, there are still plenty of men and women using their skills as authors.
Thirteen of those authors will take part in the Third Annual Author Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The meet- and-greet event is a way to get to know local authors and even purchase their books.
Katy Myers of CDPL is organizing the popular event and said the public will have access to all authors in a relaxed atmosphere.
“We will have all of our authors set up on the main floor of the library,” Myers said. “People will be able to enjoy a light refreshment and drink while chatting with the authors.”
Most authors will have some of their work for sale, making good presents for the Christmas season.
A special treat for attendees will be a chance to meet the subject of an historical book written by Ruby Gwin of Linden. Gwin’s newest book is “1st Lt. Raymond Miller Pilot B-17G Flying Fortress WWII.” Miller will join Gwin at the event to chat with attendees. Gwin wrote the biography after meeting Miller.
“When I first met Mr. Miller I was impressed and noticed he was a humble man and a visionary,” Gwin said. “His story about flying the B-17 bomber during World War II was interesting and he is a man who is fluent and full of words of wisdom. He is a modest man with a twinkle in his eye.”
Miller is now a resident at the Soldiers Home at West Lafayette.
Gwin will not have any of the Miller biographies on hand because they have not been delivered yet. However, she plans on having copies of her other historical works. Gwin is willing to make arrangements with those who want to buy the book about Miller when the shipment arrives.
Wabash College graduate Daniel L. Harwood has written several books of inspiration. Harwood will have several of his books on display and hopes local clergy will stop by his table. Harwood has served a number of Christian schools throughout the Midwest as science teacher, principal and administrator.
“I would like to invite all pastors, Christian leaders, and teachers to come see me an view my materials,” Harwood said.
Matt Stath will be on hand with a different publishing twist. Stath has three articles now included in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Stath will discuss how to make submissions and get them published in the book.
The following is a complete list of authors scheduled for the event:
• Quintin Dod, children’s author, “Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars,” “The Princess of Neptune,” “Tommy Frazier and the Planet of the Slugs” and “Tennis Camp for the Living Dead”
• Dian Moore, historical
• Chuck Pierce, non-fiction, “Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer Story,” and “The Time of Christ’s Return Revealed”
• Jodie Wilson and Becky McDole, co-authors of local history and employees of CDPL, “Hidden History of Montgomery County”
• Rodney Simpson, non-fiction, “A Soldiers Wish” and children’s book, “Frannie Fern Goes to Kindergarten”
• Karen Zach, local history
• Dennis Lynd, non-fiction, “Song of the Lamb”
• Stephen Morillo, non-fiction, “The Battle of Hastings”
• Bob Cunningham, “Hello My Name is Bob”
• Mel Vance, non-fiction “The Blackness of Utter Darkness”
• Ruby Gwin, non-fiction “World War II: Two Different War Fronts, Two Sets of Brothers,” “A Day That Would End Tearing at Your Heart,” “The 250th Field Artillery Men Remember World War II,” “1st Lt. Raymond Miller Pilot B-17G Flying Fortress WWII”
• Daniel Harwood, non-fiction inspirational/religious
• Matt Stath, accepted submissions by Guineas World Records electronic view
Attendees will be able to sign up for a free $50 gift card provided by Creekside Lodge. Purchasing an autographed book will give attendees a second chance to win as well.