Sign up for Author Fair

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is planning its 2nd Annual Local Author Fair and is looking for local published writers and illustrators.


The event is open to authors and illustrators originally from or currently living in Howard or one of the six surrounding counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Miami, or Tipton.


“We had a tremendous turnout last year,” said Trisha Shively, head of Adult and Teen Services and co-organizer of the author fair. “The authors loved meeting readers and vice versa. Lots of books were sold and selfies snapped.” 


“A key mission of KHCPL is to encourage people of all ages to read,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “If you know or meet an author of a book, it enhances your reading experience. We created the Local Author Fair with three goals in mind: to promote reading, to showcase the talents of local writers while providing them a venue to sell their books, and to offer patrons the opportunity to meet authors and get autographs.”


The Local Author Fair is open to writers and illustrators of all genres: children’s picture, easy reader, and chapter books; middle grade novels; YA novels; poetry; fiction; nonfiction; science fiction; romance; graphic novels, etc. 


“Whether you are from Kokomo and now call another city home or you are from somewhere else and now call Kokomo home, if you’re a published author or illustrator, we welcome you to be a part of the Local Author Fair,” Fipps said.


The Local Author Fair is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at KHCPL Main, 220 N. Union St. It will be our First Friday event.


If you are an author interested in being a part of the Local Author Fair, please CLICK HERE to find the online registration form. Complete and submit it by Aug. 1, and we will respond by Aug. 10. There is no fee to participate. “This isn’t about raising money,” Fipps said. “This is about raising awareness about local authors.”


KHCPL will provide each author or illustrator with one table and two chairs. A limited number of tables will have access to electrical outlets. If you need one, it’s best to sign up as early as possible. Access granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Authors and illustrators are welcome and encouraged to bring tablecloths, signs, promotional items (such as bookmarks), and displays to decorate their tables. In addition, authors who have published several books are welcome to display and sell all of them. 


KHCPL will not be able to provide change, cash boxes, or credit card readers; each author or illustrator is responsible for his or her monetary transactions. KHCPL also is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 


We will do our best to include every writer and illustrator who wishes to participate, but space is limited. 


If you have questions or need more information, please email Shively at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also call 765.626.0811.