Local Authors Night at Fairhope Public Library showcases poet, novelist and humorist

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Posted 4/15/22

FAIRHOPE — Three more authors will present their works April 21 as part of the Fairhope Public Library's Local Authors Night series: Katherine Nelson-Born, John O'Melveny Woods and Julia …

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Local Authors Night at Fairhope Public Library showcases poet, novelist and humorist

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FAIRHOPE — Three more authors will present their works April 21 as part of the Fairhope Public Library's Local Authors Night series: Katherine Nelson-Born, John O'Melveny Woods and Julia Claiborne Johnson. The event provides a forum for local authors to discuss their published and in-process works. The free event is held in the Giddens Conference Center at the Fairhope Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The authors will read selections from their works and answer audience questions.

Nelson-Born will discuss her poetry chapbook, "When Mockingbirds Sing," which "celebrates the imagination's triumph over personal and global tragedies," according to her author website. Woods will discuss one of his works of fiction. Johnson, who is the Wolff Cottage Writer-in-Resident this month, will discuss "Better Luck Next Time," which was published in 2021. Copies of their books will be available for purchase at the event.

Nelson-Born is the current Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida through 2023 when the West Florida Literary Federation will publish her forthcoming poetry book. Nelson-Born's poems and other creative writing have appeared in numerous literary journals, including the 2021 Emerald Coast Review. She has participated in the New Orleans Poetry Festival, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, the Alabama Writers Conclave, and the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. After dropping out of high school, she went on to earn her Ph.D. at Georgia State University and her MFA in Poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit her website: katherinenelsonborn.ink/index.html.

John O'Melveny Woods has been writing television and movie scripts, online articles and books since attending USC School of Cinematic Arts. His books include "10 Minute Win," and "Return to Treasure Island," a sequel based on the original Robert Louis Stevenson classic, "Treasure Island." He created and executive produced "Jesse James' Hidden Gold", which aired on the History Channel and is based on his book "Jesse James' Secret." His latest releases are an action/adventure novel called "The Seekers – Lost Tomb of Alexander," and a memoir titled "The Crusaders." For more information, visit his website: johnowoodsauthor.com.

Julia Claiborne Johnson is the bestselling author of the novels "Better Luck Next Time" and "Be Frank with Me," a finalist for the American Bookseller's Association Best Debut Novel Award. She grew up on a farm in Tennessee before moving to New York City, where she worked at "Mademoiselle" and "Glamour" magazines. She now lives in Los Angeles with her comedy-writer husband. This month, she is the Wolff Cottage Writer-in-Resident. For more information, visit her website: juliaclaibornejohnson.com.

All presentations are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the reference desk at 251-929-1464 or visit the reference desk at the Fairhope Library. For other exciting events in the month of April, find our calendar of events online at fairhopelibrary.org.

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