Hickory – Hickory Public Library has finalized the list of local authors participating in the First Friday Local Author Program for the remainder of 2019. The purpose of this program is to provide community members with the opportunity to meet authors from our local area to learn about their path towards writing, tips for becoming published, and possibly find inspiration for exploring their own writing talents.

The next First Friday Local Author Program will be on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. The author in attendance will be Joyce Hostetter who has published several middle grade historical fiction books, including most notably Blue. Hostetter’s multi-award winning novel, “Blue” is based on the real 1944 polio epidemic in Hickory, NC. The sequel, Comfort explores the after-effects of polio and war. Hostetter and her family live near Hickory and when she is not writing or speaking she is often researching.

Upcoming First Friday Local Author Programs for 2019 include the opportunity to meet Dale Bailey in September, Nancy Geiger in October, Patricia Middleton in November, and Jennifer Kopald in December. The application for local authors interested in participating in the First Friday Local Author Program in 2020 is available. Authors representing children, young adult, and adult literature are encouraged to apply. To request an application, email Linda Campbell at [email protected] or ask for an application at the Reference Desk of the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

This First Friday with a Local Author program is free and open to the public. The August program with Joyce Hostetter will take place in the upstairs conference room. Registration is not required. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during this program. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.
Joyce Hostetter