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Back Stage – Nevada County writers featured at Sacramento book fair

At least five Nevada County authors will participate at Saturday’s inaugural Sacramento Book Fair sponsored by the American Authors Association.

Those authors are Sher Christian, Christine Irving, Barbara DesChamps, Judith Hurley Prosser and Charlie Fortner.

Christian wrote “Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry” and is a Sierra Emeritus College poetry teacher and Sierra College Community Education creative writing teacher. Irving wrote the poetry collection, “Be A Teller of Tales” and was published in ZYZZYVA magazine. DesChamps authored “It’s In The Bag: The Complete Guide to Lightweight Travel.” Fortner wrote “Ghost of the Nam,” which includes his oil paintings, poems and stories dealing with his experiences in Vietnam and life afterward. Hurley Prosser wrote “Redwood Wisdom, Meditations for Daily Living.”



The local writers will join 50 other self-published authors in book signings and poetry readings between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Florin Mall in South Sacramento. Christian and Irving will read their poetry; DesChamps will talk about lightweight traveling at the fair.

Two of the featured Sacramento area authors have a White House connection. Bev Young’s best-selling cookbook, “Presidential Cookies,” is sold in presidential libraries and the White House Gift Shop. And Eleanor Roosevelt II, the niece and namesake of her famous aunt, has written her first book, “With Love, Aunt Eleanor.”




A “How to Get Your Book Published” seminar will be at 10:30 a.m. Although admission is free, book fair visitors are encouraged to bring used and new books which will be donated to the Elk Grove School District Library and to the Southgate Library.

Call (916) 421-0881 for book fair questions.


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