Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 6, 2012

Meet the authors event planned

Ryan Ellis
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM —     In Effingham, art is not only prevalent, it is encouraged. An Effingham resident can hardly go anywhere in town without seeing something about art or art itself. However, some forms of art, such as literature, are harder to display publicly. At Helen Matthes Library, the staff has figured out how to give literary artists the respect they deserve.     

    The library will be hosting the first local authors event from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Published authors throughout the Effingham area have been invited to come talk about their books with the public. Along with that, they will be talking to potential authors on how to break into the publication world.

    Helen Matthes Library Adult Servicer Manager Johnna Schultz said, “I’ve been really fortunate to be a member of the artisan council.”

    Schultz said she took inspiration from the artisan community’s event in the spring, which helps get art into the public eye. “This is a way for the community to come support local authors.”

    “They’re like local gems,” said Schultz. She said it’s unfair they get so little attention for their accomplishments, and this will help remedy the problem.

    Schultz said she advertised about the event “and we had a really great response (from local authors).”

    It’s a win-win situation for everyone, Schultz said, as the library gets to host an event to better the community. And the authors get to come in and publicize and sell their books. “It’s a great opportunity with the holidays coming, to start shopping.”

    Helen Matthes Library Director Amanda McKay said there have been many requests from authors to let them come sign books and the library, or to hold events such as the local authors event. “This is a great event for authors to share their expertise,” said McKay.

    Schultz said the event is completely free. There is no admission fee, and there is no required registration.