Kick off your holiday shopping with a pile of books.
The Tilla-Book Fair featuring fourteen local authors will be hosted at the Garibaldi Maritime Museum on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“This county has so many authors, artists, and musicians, and I think there’s very few opportunities for the authors to get their work out in front of the public,” author Carla Albright said.
Albright, known for her expertise in gardening, will be in attendance at the book fair with her newest book: “Four Seasons: in the Pacific Northwest Coastal Garden.” The book is Albright’s second.
“It’s one of those things people were asking me for,” she said. “COVID provided the perfect opportunity to put my thoughts together for a book.”
The book begins in March, as Albright see that as the start of the gardening season, and walks gardeners through the year.
“I took each season and broke it down into the different months and what one does in the coastal garden each month,” she said. “We have a long growing season here; it’s a very temperate climate where you can grow a lot things here that you wouldn’t be able to grow in the valley. On the other hand, it has challenges because it’s windy and wet.”
Albright says her book is a great reference piece, one that can be returned to time and time again, and read in small chapters at a time.
“I write in a style that’s very conversational. It’s very easy to read,” Albright said. “I try to make it entertaining as well as informative. Anyone who wants to learn about gardening on the Coast would find the book helpful on how to have a successful garden and not break the bank and your back in the process.”
Jennifer Greer, North County resident, will also be in attendance featuring her mystery crime novel: “A Desperate Place.”
The premise of the novel is based on the working relationship between White McKenna (a crime reporter) and Katie Riggs (a medical examiner) and their pursuit to solve a murder.
“I’ve always loved mysteries,” Greer said. “The book is about the friendship of these two women who have opposite jobs. [My readers] like the relationship.”
Greer began her writing career as a journalist; working as a crime reporter for the Fresno Bee, and later writing an award-winning article about women and children refugees during the war in Croatia. She’s notably interviewed President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Abba Eban, activist Ralph Nader, and authors Isabel Allende and Francine Rivers.
Greer encourages the community to come out to the book fair and have fun socializing with other authors.
“A lot of time people don’t realize the effort that goes into writing a book,” she said, adding that it usually takes five complete rewrites for each publication. “Authors should receive respect because there’s a lot of labor that goes into it.”
Greer’s second novel, “A Twisted Place,” will be released May 2024.
For Brad Ayers, humans don’t talk in his books.
“[My books] are about things we all come in contact with in our lives that we give little thought to: the chairs we sit in, the doors we walk through,” Ayers said. “Each book has nine-ten small stories that can each be read in five minutes.”
Ayers has written eight books filled with short stories, each written from the viewpoint of a certain object. Like boxes: toolboxes, mailboxes, keepsake boxes.
“Those boxes talk about what they observe,” he said.
Ayers was inspired to begin writing after taking a writing workshop from his daughter-in-law. One of the prompts in the workshop jumpstarted the idea for his series.
“That little story started off things,” he said. “We were supposed to write about a thing that we take for granted or pass over.”
His latest book was published in March and is written from the perspective of fences.
Reading enthusasists can meet Albright, Greer, and Ayers along with Adam Sawyer, Athena, Deborah Lincoln, Jerry Sutherland, Neal Lemery, Alexandra Mason, Sally Rissel, Marc Johnson, Jennifer Chamberlin, Brian Ratty, and Rhonda Reynolds at the upcoming Tilla-Book Fair.
“The Museum has been welcoming to the authors, very accommodating, and willing to take on this [book fair],” Albright said. “Hopefully this will make it an annual thing.”
During the event, some authors will opt to read excerpts from their books.
Admission is free to the event. Parking is available in the Museum parking lot as well as the lot directly south and across Hwy 101 from the Museum. Not all authors can accept digital payments, cash or check is highly suggested.
The Garibaldi Maritime Museum is located at 112 Garibaldi Ave, Garibaldi.