Writers meet readers


Visitors to the Arvada Library had a chance to more than just check out books at the first Books and Bites event.

The Sept. 21 event feature more than 30 local artists at the library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., who were signing books and talking to readers about their works, how they became writers and giving advice for aspiring authors.

Scrumptious also had a food truck for readers who wanted a bite for dinner.

“The overall mission of Jeffco libraries is to support literature and reading,” said Pennie Howard Burris, Jeffco libraries’ programming and partnerships coordinator.

“We’re always looking for ways to connect local authors to readers, and we thought it would be more exciting with food trucks involved.”

The event was set up like a book fair, with three separate rooms of authors: one room for children and teen authors, one for adults, and in the main room a mix of authors. Visitors were able to visit any author they liked, chat with them about their works and get their books signed.

Burris said that local authors were excited about the event, and the libraries have a history of working with local authors to bring their works to the attention of readers.

“It’s a great chance for readers to meet authors, and get to know someone new,” she said.

That chance to meet and connect with people was a large motivator for authors to participate as well.

“I’m a big supporter of libraries — these are all people who love books,” said local mystery writer Manuel Ramos. “It’s always a good thing when authors and readers can come together.”

Ramos added he enjoys these types of events because he gets a chance to meet new authors as well.

Burris said that if the event goes well, the libraries will consider hosting it again.

For more information on Jeffco libraries, visit www.jeffcolibrary.org.


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