Monday, October 31, 2016


WELLSBORO—The Eighth Annual Wellsboro BookFest, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading, writing and critical thinking. It is organized by teachers from the Wellsboro Area School District under the direction of Tammy Knowlton, high school librarian, and by From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Wellsboro's local bookstore.

The local and regional authors attending this year's BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process. They represent a huge variety of genres and publishing venues. Among them are writers of Christian and children's books, local history, poetry and mysteries.

Ken Cobb, Mansfield University art professor, is bringing his new coloring books. Baiba Kreger of Liberty who wrote a memoir of her family's escape from World War II Latvia, is the only author to have attended all eight BookFests.

Also at BookFest this Saturday will be Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge, Bob Cox, Jr., Frank Deter, Lilace Guignard, Judith Sornberger, and Linda Stager; Cheryl Edgcomb and Margaret Kroeck, both of Knoxville; Michelle Lazurek of Coudersport; Leslie Jensen of Galeton; Dawn Lubertowicz of Tunkhannock; Dan Nestlerode of State College; Shirley Brosius of Millersburg; and Chris McClean of Philadelphia. From nearby New York State communities will be Don Darrin, Patrick Thomas, John Speziani, and Susan Williams Beckhorn. Other BookFest authors are Noelle Mustari of New Egypt, N.J. who used to live in the area and Ann Brucklacher Perramond of Denver, Colorado, a Wellsboro class of '89 graduate whose family still lives here.

Admission to the author event is FREE to the public. Admission to the used book sale is $5 per person..... however, people who wish to attend the used book sale may get a "passport" from any of the authors to obtain author signatures. For every author signature a person obtains, they can knock $1 off the entry fee to the used book sale (up to $5 off, obviously, so that admission would then be free).

All used books are $5 per bag. Bags will be provided.

For information about the used book sale, contact Tammy Knowlton at Wellsboro Area Senior High School by calling 570-724-3547 or emailing

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