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Local Author Showcase

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Main Branch


Meet local area authors and have an opportunity to discuss their writings. Authors will be in our community room and their books will be available for purchase.

Authors include Vicki Blair, Catherine Ruby, Johanna Harlen, Melanie Callahan, Stacy Hixon, and Deana Nantz.

Johanna Harlen lives in Kentucky with her husband and little dog. She grew up in South Africa until 1998 when she became a world traveler. She is a former scuba instructor and has lived in six different countries. In 2010, she did a cooking course with the Culinary Institute of America in California and received a diploma in holistic nutrition in 2014. In 2018, she became a holistic cancer practitioner and got certified as a personal trainer in 2020 with the International Sports Sciences Association. She has written eight books and the dessert book she wrote with her son - A Taste of Gorgeous - won a Readers' Favorite bronze medal in 2019. A boutique editor in Manhattan, Folio Literary Management, chose the book as one of their top ten favorite books for the year. Her books Have Food Will Travel and Cooking for Cancer have received an honorable mention with Readers' Favorite Awards and her book Fresh has been entered for the 2022 contest. She currently works at her local library where she plans to retire one day.

Vicki Blair is a lover of the beautiful rolling hills of Appalachia, as well as the cultures and traditions of the people that call this region their home. She looks for any excuse to add the characters and vernacular of her heritage into her writing. She and her law enforcement husband, Buddy, live in London, Kentucky. They have three grown children and have added two grandchildren to their expanding family.

Catherine Ruby grew up in Bay Village, Ohio and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in English. She lived in Guam for 18 months, where she taught at a girls’ high school. She resides in London, Kentucky, where she has lived for almost 50 years. She was a college and high school educator, until she retired. She is the author of My Life in Words.

Melanie Callahan is a creative and performing arts teacher and scholar in Kentucky. She is the author of The Kittie O'Blakely stories. Mrs. Callahan's daughter is the inspiration for the preppy and precocious Kittie.

Stacey Ann Hixon, from East Bernstadt, Kentucky, is the mother of three children: Lyla, JoeClay, and Charlie. She graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Political Economy. Stacy also holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Social Studies from Union College in Barbourville, KY. Stacy is the author of Penelope's Preschool Problem and Lyla's Little Locket.

Deana Nantz published a chapbook, Fits of Wrath and Irony (Finishing Line Press), prior to being named Fiction Southeast’s finalist for the Editor’s Prize in flash fiction. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Writer’s Studio and an MA in American literature from EKU where she teaches composition. Her poetry has appeared in Southern Women’s Review and other literary journals. She and her family live in London, Kentucky.

Harold Spivey was born in Oneida, KY in 1945, but spent the first 9 years of his life in Laurel County. His passion for reading was fueled by Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. With the help of old photos and a love of family history, Crockettsville to Buffalo was written and dedicated to Lillie Mae Morris "Granny" Bailey.

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