Library to celebrate Small Business Saturday with new author fair

Downtown Rochester shoppers could earn $5,000 by buying local Nov. 30

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 22, 2019

ROCHESTER — The public will get a chance to meet 30 Michigan authors during a new author fair at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Small Business Saturday.

Hosted by the library in partnership with the Rochester Writers group, the inaugural event will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in the library’s multipurpose room and front lobby.

New Library Director Juliane Morian said the fair is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn more about southeastern Michigan’s literary scene.  

“We are happy to partner with Rochester Writers to showcase the creativity and talent of our local writers,” she said in an email.

Michael Dwyer, the founder of Rochester Writers, said the two groups began planning for the literary event about a year ago.

“At first, we thought we would have about 20 authors, but there was such an overwhelming response — with nearly 200 applications coming in — we moved it up to 30 authors,” he said.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature a mix of traditionally published and self-published works in a variety of genres — memoir, self-help, mystery, thriller, science fiction, children’s books and more.

The author fair is a chance for readers and writers — including many from the Rochester area — to meet each other, according to Dwyer.

“During the holidays, people are in the mode of trying to find a gift for someone, and at the author fair, they’ll be able to talk to the authors to find the best book for the person on their shopping list, and even get the book signed, all while supporting a local author,” he said.

Featured authors include Laura Lee, Sylvia Hubbard, Mackenzie Flohr, Terry Hojnacki, Scott Bosek, R.C. Matthews, Tom Ulicny, Craig Rush, Ron Herron, C.K. Brooke, Peggy Christie, Jennifer Miracle-Best, Diana Plopa, Wendy Thomson, Jean Alicia Elster, Seven Harms, Ron Sandison, Angela Amman, Lindsay Achtman, Linda Sienkiewicz, Jenifer DeBellis, Nora Smith, Danielle Bernock, Kathleen Tedsen, William Pilchek, Kristine Brickey, Joan Kotcher and Colleen Dodt.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Jenna O’Dell said Small Business Saturday, now in its 10th year, serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

She said many downtown Rochester businesses will also be offering deals, treats and giveaways Nov. 30.

“With Amazon and online shopping, it’s becoming difficult for some businesses to hold their own with them, so all year long we encourage people to shop small, but specifically on this day,” O’Dell said.

The DDA will offer those who shop local a free carriage ride 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the corner of East Fourth and Main streets. Rides will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations will not be accepted.

For more information about the author fair, visit calendar.rhpl.org. For more information about downtown Rochester’s Small Business Saturday, visit www.DowntownRochesterMI.com.