Meet and greet local award-winning authors Dec. 8 at Central Library |

Meet and greet local award-winning authors Dec. 8 at Central Library

Sharon Sullivan
A sampling of books available at the Mesa County Library and for sale from the authors at an upcoming regional author meet and greet event on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m.
Sharon Sullivan / | Free Press


WHAT: Third annual Regional Authors Meet & Greet

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8

WHERE: Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue

COST: Free admission

With so many talented local writers, librarian Jennifer Murrell decided three years ago to create a space for them to come together where the public could browse their books and meet the authors.

The third annual Regional Authors Meet and Greet at Mesa County Central Library will take place Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. in the community room near the library’s east entrance.

Thirty-five authors from the Grand Valley and other parts of Colorado will be present to chat with people and sign and sell books.

“It’s one of my favorite (library) events,” and a well-attended one, Murrell said.

Poet Suzanne Bronson, author of two collections of poetry, “Passion Play” and “The Keeper of Days,” and Daily Sentinel writer Dave Buchanan, author of “Drink It In: Wine Guide of Western Colorado,” are among the writers scheduled to attend.

Another Grand Junction author, Sue Hughey, will be there with two of her books — both adventure stories — one for children, and one for adults.

“Herby’s Secret Formula” is Hughey’s first juvenile novel about a boy genius who wants to be a scientist. He’s worried about overpopulation and in his quest to find a remedy, accidentally shrinks himself.

The book was a runner-up in both the Indie Excellence Book Awards and Colorado Book Awards. It was also a second-place winner in Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s EVVY Book Awards.

“A Nest Egg Poached” is a humorous adult novel by Hughey about a retired couple who takes off in a beat-up van chasing a financial advisor who cheats them out of their life savings.

Lucinda Stein was a middle school librarian for 21 years before retiring to write full-time. She’s the author of three books, the most recent, “Tattered Covers,” published a month ago, is set in Ouray. Stein’s second novel, “Three Threads Woven” won the 2010 WILLA Award, named for writer Willa Catha, and given by Women Writing the West. Her first book “Maggie’s Way: The Story of a Defiant Pioneer Woman” was published by Western Reflections Publishing in 2005. It is a historical novel also set in Ouray during the town’s early mining days.

Stein’s “Sanctuary: Family, Friends and Strangers, a collection of short stories” is due for publication in January. Included in the collection is the story “Sulpher Springs,” winner of the 2011 Laura Short Story Contest.

Crime novel fans will have a chance to meet Carroll Multz who draws on his 40 years as a trial lawyer when writing his books. He continues to teach journalism law and ethics as well as a business ethics course at Colorado Mesa University.

Multz will have with him on Sunday six of his works, including the three most recently published “The Devil’s Scribe,” “The Chameleon,” and “Shades of Innocence.”

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