Indie Author Day - October 13, 2018
Posted by: Coronado Arts 1 year ago


In celebration of national Independent or “Indie” Authors Day, the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission present a program of events for aspiring writers and a showcase of Coronado’s local authors. The events take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room and adjacent grounds.

            Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. and the event opens at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and presentation/demonstration on self-publishing and book marketing by Principal Librarian Franklin Escobedo and local author George Galdorisi. Galdorisi, an award-winning and best-selling author of Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series and other books, is a writing instructor at Coronado Adult Education and the La Jolla Writer’s Conference.

            Beginning at 10:30 a.m., there are three thirty-minute panels on genre-specific writing. The first, on Biography and Non-Fiction Writing, features Galdorisi joined by local authors Jane Mitchell, Brigadier General (ret.) R.G. Head, and Sandra Bonura. The second, on Writing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults, features J.E. Laufer of Little Egg Publishing; Dick Belkin, author of two children’s books as well as producer of the hit Broadway show Come From Away; and Suzette Valle, author of 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up. Last is a panel on Fiction and Historical Fiction, with local authors Tamara Merrill, Ann Bancroft, and Jennifer Franks. Franks’ new book Crown City by the Sea will launch on October 27 at Emerald C Gallery, 1331 Orange Avenue. Information and a link to RSVP for this event are available at

            In the afternoon, the Winn Room and the adjacent park will host a showcase of Coronado authors until 3:00 p.m. The book fair will feature more than 20 authors discussing and reading from their work, with table sales and book signings. In addition to the books of the morning panelist authors, readers will find works by Joyce Chapman, Gwyn Dolan, Tasha Donahue, J. Dianne Dotson, Cali Gilbert, Dave Knop, Teri Louden, June MacLeod, William E. Palmer, Kathleen Petryshyn, Rolf Yngve, and others. San Diego organizations offering writers’ resources will also appear, and around the corner, the Friends of the Library’s bookshop Second Hand Prose will be offering bargain prices on a huge selection of gently used books. Amalo Brewing’s coffee cart will also be open for business.

            It’s a full day of books, authors, writing and publishing tips, with food! All events are FREE and OPEN to the public, thanks to the support of the Cultural Arts Commission and the Friends of the Coronado Public Library. Plan to spend some time with us celebrating Coronado’s literary abundance, surrounded by fellow reading and writing enthusiasts. More information is available at the Coronado Public Library and on