062813 18 New England Authors Gather for Bayswater's 3rd Annual Author Fair on June 29 (450)

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. has always been a big supporter of local authors and local talent. Since the store opened in 1996, Bayswater has hosted hundreds of New England authors as they started their writing careers, including some who have gone on to achieve national & international acclaim such as Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, and others.
Store owner, Michelle Taft continues the practice today, hosting authors throughout the year for book signings, talks and events. Since 2011 when Bayswater moved their store location to Senter's Marketplace in Center Harbor, they began hosting what has become an Annual New England Author Fair. This year's family event will be bigger and better than ever featuring 18 authors from.
Taft said, "The response over the past years has been so great that we have been able to grow each year. We started with five local children's authors and doubled in size during our second year. The feedback we received from customers and authors was that we should add some adult interest writers and books. With that in mind, a lot of time was spent during the quiet winter months reaching out to the writer and illustrator community to bring what we think will be a great summer event."
18 New England authors, including writers of every genre from Children's Literature, Adult Fiction, Self Help, Sci-Fi, Mystery, and Local History will come together on Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Author Michael Caduto will be headliner of the day. He is an award-winning author, master storyteller, ecologist, educator, poet, and musician who has been featured on educational television, over National Public Radio and by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). Though
much of Caduto's work has been as an educator and writer of children's books, he is also the author of the book "A Time Before New Hampshire: The Story of a Land and Native Peoples,'' in which he tells the complete story of the land of New Hampshire – starting with the formation of earth 4.6 billion years ago and continuing to its peoples and the environment through the 17th century.
The author line-up includes nine children's authors and nine adult interest authors. Bayswater welcomes NH novelist Ernest Hebert, mystery writer KD Mason, self-help "Sherpa" Karen Bentley, Chris Casko, Catherine Dougherty, Mark Okrant, Lee Richmond and Edward Swanson.
Local favorite Karel Hayes will introduce and sign the new book, "The Weirs, A Winnipesaukee Adventure" a follow-up to "The Witches, A Winnipesaukee Adventure", which she illustrated for author Andy Opel. She will be joined by children's authors Shennen Bersani, Maggie Cary, Stacy DeKeyser, Rebecca Emberly, Lisa Greenleaf Whittier, Jane Kohuth, Denise Ortakales, and Marcia Strykowski.