Surry County book lovers will get a special treat Saturday, as authors from around the region gather at the Mount Airy Public Library for the first-ever Mount Airy Book Festival.
The event gets under way at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.
The inaugural event is being put on by author and Laurel Hill Publishing owner Thomas D. “Tom” Perry as a benefit for the non-profit Friends of the Library.
More than a dozen authors are scheduled to attend including Libby Bondurant, Allen Speer, Tom Perry, Karen Cecil Smith, Karen Hall, Polly Spainhour, Laura Wharton, Libby Bagby, Jane Tesh, Michele Manderine, Mary Flynn, Dean Brown, Dr. Gilbert Huffman, Rodney McDaniel, Kathy Akers and Johanna Smith.
In addition to the authors, well-known photographer Carolyn Inscore Choate also will attend, Perry said.
He noted that the event is being designed to offer something for the entire family.
“There will be something for everyone at the festival, including fiction, history, children’s books and cookbooks,” Perry said. “The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Friends (of the Library) and to give local authors a chance to give their work exposure and make contacts with each other.”
Attendees can meet and chat with the authors inside the community room at the library or outside in the courtyard.
The event is free and open to the public, but there will be a $20 charge for those interested in setting up a booth.
Perry’s Laurel Hill Publishing is donating all proceeds from the vendor fees to the Friends of the Library.
For more information, visit http://www.freestateofpatrick.com/mabookfest.