Library to host local authors during Sterlingfest

By: Eric Czarnik, | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 22, 2015

The major local festival that celebrates music and the arts in Sterling Heights will include the literary arts this year.

The Sterling Heights Public Library will host a July 25 Local Author Book Sale during the city’s Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair.

Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, said this is the first year the library is officially reaching out to Sterlingfest by holding an author day.

Groth explained that since Sterlingfest has an arts and crafts component, it makes sense for the library to promote its own favorite artistic medium — the written word.

“At this point, we’ve got about 20 authors. They’re going to have their own books set up and sell during the event,” he said.

“The first time, we’re going to test it out, see how it goes. And it might become an annual event.”

Groth said Michigan authors were invited to sign up and set up a table inside the library. He said the library publicized the event in the official Sterling Heights magazine, and a library creative writing workshop group was informed of the opportunity, too.

Groth said the library has been open during past Sterlingfests, though visitors were unable to park out in front.

“We had a lot of foot traffic because the Friends Bookstore had a sale going, but not a lot of our regular library-goers (came),” he said. “A lot of people from the festival come.”

Sterling Heights resident Violet James said she and her sister, Krystal Kuehn, of Sterling Heights, plan to join the event and set up a table as featured authors. On the sisters’ website, NewDayBooks.com, they sell titles involving inspirational, Christian and daily living themes.

“We’re going to have 25 books that we’ll be able to sign and just share with the interested readers,” James said. “We really focus on self-help, personal growth, and I also have some business books, as well.”

In a statement, Kuehn said she hopes to “inspire, empower and motivate” with her books.

“We believe everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness,” she said.

The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, will host the Local Author Book Sale event from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25.

Learn more about the library by visiting www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2665. Read up on the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair by visiting www.sterlingfest.info. Learn more about James’ and Kuehn’s work at www.NewDayBooks.com.