The inaugural Highlands Writers Fair will take place all day Saturday at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon.

The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will host a book fair featuring 20 regional writers from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Richmond, Virginia. The genres range from inspirational memoirs to poetry to horror, with established and emerging writers, all of whom were chosen by a jury of publishers, editors, writers and readers.

A special presentation will kick off events by awarding “Book Evolution” prizes from the Virginia Highlands Festival, which will honor books produced by children in the area. The three winners will be added to the library’s collection.

The book fair will allow visitors to meet the authors, buy books, get author signatures and discuss writing and publishing. In addition, the Writers Fair offers a series of free workshops on publishing for all who attend. Linda Hoagland will host an interactive workshop for writers looking to polish their craft. Another panel will feature local publishers on options for bringing your book to print, and illustrator Charles Vess will discuss his book illustration career.

“Saturday, April 13, brings in the best of the region’s authors in a celebration of writing and storytelling,” said Greg Lilly, the fair’s organizer. “This is the time to meet our authors and read local.”

The full list of participating authors includes Joy Behymer, Robert TR Bradford, Elizabeth Champagne, Hazel Fleming, Victoria Fletcher, Deborah Gold, Sharon Griffith, Bekah Harris, Leanne Hinkle (Leanne Tyler), Linda Hoagland, Rose Klix, Gayle Leeson (Gayle Trent), Damean Mathews, Alex McGlothlin, Rita Quillen, JC Schweingrouber, Stephen Semones, Kathy Shearer, Daniel Swanson, Charles Vess and Wendy Welch.

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