Area authors recite their favorites at book fair

The Diamond Valley Writers Guild sponsors an author’s book fair, Sept. 23, at the Diamond Valley Arts Center in downtown Hemet. Fifteen area authors had an opportunity to give public readings of their published works and offer their books and poems for sale. Tony Ault photo

Published southwest Riverside County authors gathered Saturday, Sept. 23, to share their works with each other and visitors at a book fair held at the Diamond Valley Arts Center in historic downtown Hemet.

The 15 authors and writers of everything from novels to poetry each had the opportunity to read passages from their favorite and most popular books and poems to the delight of the visitors. The special event allowed listeners to ask how and why they wrote what they did and the ways they successfully published.

Many of the authors are members of the growing Diamond Valley Writer’s Guild that meet at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. the fourth Saturday of each month January through October from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The authors displayed their book and writings for sale at the book fair and gave short readings. Their favorite shared works include Richard Henry with “Through the Mind of a Poet;” Judi Mare’s “More Glass than Wall” a photo essay; Ashley Sant with “Titled Tales Wonder Loss;” Marj Charlier’s “The Johnson Station Series;” Judith Fabris’s “Sergeant’s Lady;” Jim Hitt with “The Courage of Others;” G.J Prager’s “Seasoned to Kill;” Dave Putman with “Bruno Johnson Thrillers;” George I. Gurney with “Heroin, Lobsters and Pandas;” Eve Gaal’s “Penniless Hearts;” Suzanne Saunders’s “Second Chance Ranch;” John Hoddy with “The Bandit Little Red;” Mary Jane Kruty with “The Diamond Ship;” Rose Baldwin’s “Mike’s Magic Burgers” and Arch Font’s “The 34 Jerry Slider Adventure Collection.”

The event was offered free and open to the public at the Diamond Valley Arts Council, 123 N. Harvard St., in Hemet.

Author G.J. Prager gives a reading from his novel “Seasoned to Kill” at a book fair at the Diamond Valley Writer’s Guild, Sept. 23, in the Diamond Valley Arts Center on Harvard Street in historic downtown Hemet. Tony Ault photo

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