DOVER — The Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut St., hosted the first Canal Town Book Festival this past weekend. On Friday, nationally acclaimed teen author Natalie D. Richards was the keynote speaker. Events included music featuring accomplished guitarist Bill Hall, refreshments, a program featuring Richards and a book signing. Richards' latest book, What You Hide, is a thriller for teens and adults.
About the book: Mallory didn't want to leave home, but it wasn't safe to stay. So she sleeps at her best friend's house and spends the rest of her time at the library, doing her online schoolwork and figuring out what comes next. Because she's not going live in fear like her mother. Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it's community service for a stunt he pulled, but he likes the work. And it's the perfect escape from his parents' pressure to excel at school, at ice hockey, at everything. Especially after he meets Mallory. Then there is a tragic death at the library. Suddenly, what was once a sanctuary turns sinister. Ghostly footprints, strange scratching sounds, scrawled messages on bulletin boards and walls... Mallory and Spencer don't know who or what is responsible, but one thing is for sure: They are not as alone—or as safe—as they thought.
Richards is the bestselling author of six teen novels. She is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and writing groups and lives with her husband and children in Ohio.
An Author Fair took place Saturday. Between 20 and 30 regional authors were present to meet the public, discuss writing and publishing and to sign and sell books. The author list included names such as Patricia Miller, Kristen Lepionka, Paul Stutzman, Linda Au, Rex Ray, Annie Tipton, Trang Moreland, Chuck & Beth Hewett, Rose Hostetler and more.
"This is a great opportunity for members of the community to meet writers, talk writing and to pick up an autographed book or limited-edition book festival t-shirt or tote bag," said Jim Gill, director at the Dover Public Library. "The authors write a wide variety of things, from mystery to memoir to children's books and more."
Sponsors for the event included Campesino's Grill, Canal Dover Association, Chrysalis Counseling Center, Country Inn & Suites, Dover Exchange Club, Friends of the Dover Public Library, Kent State Tuscarawas, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Doughtery Co., L.P.A., The Bibliophile bookshop, Wendy's and WJER.