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Write-On Writers re-schedule book fair

| March 4, 2021

Cristie Merce is chair of the planned Coshocton County Book Fair for the Write- On Writers Guild. “Back in June of 2020 when we decided to hold a Book Fair, who would have thought that we couldn’t hold it on April 10, 2021, the Saturday after Easter?” she said.

Because of several considerations, all related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the guild found it necessary to re-schedule the event. “We didn’t cancel it for another year. We just re-scheduled our book fair from spring to fall,” she said.

The April 10 Coshocton County Book Fair will now be held Saturday, Oct. 16. This is also the date for a re-do of the seventh annual writers workshop which was cancelled last fall. The book fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frontier Power’s Community Room, 770 South Second St.

Authors in Coshocton and surrounding counties are being invited to rent a table at the book fair to sell their books. A $20 fee to sell your books includes one long table, two chairs, water, coffee, and snacks. If some authors only have one or two books, they could share half a table for $10.

Merce said “This is not a garage sale to get rid of books. It’s for local authors to sell books they’ve written.”

The public is invited to attend the book fair to see the amazing array of books by local authors, and purchase books for themselves or for gifts. Each author will take care of their individual sales, and will autograph the books you buy.

Besides local authors selling their books, several members of Coshocton’s Write- On Writers Guild will be selling books they’ve written. Wendy Koile of Port Washington, an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Guild, will have at least three non-fiction books, “Geneva on the Lake, Ohio’s First Summer Resort,” “Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands,” and “Legends and Lost Treasure of Northern Ohio.”

Sharon Mooney will be selling her poetry book, “Bending Toward Heaven, Poems After the Art of Vincent Van Gogh.” Merce will have her “The Woes and Wisdom of Eldercare, An Educational Learning Guide” for sale.

Crystal and Ron Meinstein will have their new memoir of their marriage and those of both of their parents, “150 Years of Marriage,” for sale. Glenn Kinkade will have his two local history books to sell, “Coshocton County, Ohio INFIRMARY,” Volumes I and II for sale, as well as his “Orchestras & Bands of Coshocton County, Ohio, with Emphasis on the Big Bands.”

Although not a book author, Sally Kinkade will have available for sale the children’s book about her mother in Maine, “The Goose Lady,” by Barbara Walsh.

The Write-On Writers Guild will also have available for a suggested donation of $5, its 72-page 20th Anniversary Chapbook. It has a 20-year history of the guild, stories, poems, memories and letters by members, four color pages, and much more. To order an advance copy, call Sally Kinkade at 740-400-0045, or email: [email protected]

According to Merce, people were getting excited about the idea of having a book fair in Coshocton. With the event being re-scheduled to Oct. 16, this should be a big success. “Who knows?” she said, “This might become an annual event for the spring, our writing contest for the summer, and our writers workshop for the fall.”

Any questions and advance author registrations can be directed to Merce at 740-545-7377.

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