The Journal Gazette
Sunday, December 01, 2019 1:00 am

Book fans get shot to shop local

Downtown library hosts area authors

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Ben Armstrong schleps a catalog of about 40 local authors to book fairs, hoping to represent the entire community “instead of just picking and choosing,” he says. 

Armstrong, who's also written a book, was one of 39 authors to appear Saturday at the Allen County Public Library's annual Local Author Book Sale. 

The best-known writer he represents is Helen Frost, who took home the national Printz award in 2004 for her young adult book “Keesha's House.” He also has copies of former Indiana poet laureate George Kalamaras' work “O'Doul's Is Not Real Beer,” the cover made from an O'Doul's cardboard six-pack. 

“Part of the reason I'm here is to raise awareness of the variety of writers we have in our community,” Armstrong said. 

A woman writing under the pen name L.A. Sky had two books of her trilogy for sale, “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow,” both available on Amazon. Paperbacks are $10.99. 

“Today and Forever” is due out in the spring, she said. 

The Fort Wayne author said she'd wanted to write since her early teens watching soap operas. 

“I used to watch a lot of soap operas and that was my motivation. I wanted to write my own soap operas,” said the North Side High School graduate. 

The books track a year in the lives of Olivia and David. 

“First it's a romance,” Sky said, but Olivia needs to “get over her fear and allow him to love her.” She promises drama, suspense, action and laughter beside the lesson that no one should take today for granted. 

Mary Parrish of Fort Wayne snapped up the two books after being reassured there were no mature themes in the books. 

“I like to read, and it's all about everyday life,” Parrish said. She looks for things to read during her time on dialysis three times a week, she added. 

Many authors' books are available through Amazon, including Carolyn J. Sleet's two children's books, “Gather and Play” and “Baizden Goes to School.” The books are inspired by her work as a teacher and administrator at Fort Wayne Community Schools. 

Palermo Galindo, the city's Hispanic and immigrant liaison, picked up copies of “Genois Wilson, Firefighter,” the story of Fort Wayne's first female firefighter, and “In My Father's House, These Were the Rules,” written by The Inkspot publisher John Dortch. 

“I try to support my friends,” said Galindo, who is planning to publish an autobiographical book of his own someday. 

If you like to read and teach children how to cook, “Mama Joe's Kitchen” provides both opportunities. Written by Carol Butler, who also wrote the book about Genois Wilson, recipes for pound cake, tea cakes, garden soup and cream biscuits are found in the pages of the 32-page, full-color book.

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