Published May 12, 2014
By Ty Beaver, Tri-City Herald
Science fiction, Internet publishing and children's poetry
will be the focus of the final two public events at the Richland Public
Library for this year's Mid-Columbia LitFest.
Authors Edward W.
Robertson and Jason Andrew Bond will be at the library at 7 p.m. today
to read from their books and talk about Internet- and self-publishing,
which play crucial roles in their writing careers.
Children's poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt will read from his works and take questions at 7 p.m. Thursday.
events are further attempts by festival organizers to reach out to
different groups of readers and nonreaders in the community, said Bill
McKay, an organizer and dean of arts, humanities and physical education
at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
Robertson, a Tri-City native
who now lives in Los Angeles, is best known for the post-apocalyptic
novels of the Breakers series. Bond's first novel, Hammerhead, was a
bestseller, and he's working on its sequel.
Both men sell their
books primarily as digital editions for e-readers. Bond has been
publishing his story Burning Sky as a series on his website, and
Robertson blogs extensively about self-publishing.
McKay said the
growth of the self-publishing industry, largely done via the internet
and e-books, prompted him and other festival organizers to find a way to
incorporate the topic into this year's LitFest.
"The world is changing and we're going to try and address that," he said.
most other LitFest events have focused on readers no younger than
teens, Nesbitt's readings Thursday will appeal to families with very
young children, McKay said.
Nesbitt, who lives in Spokane, has
written a lot of humorous poems for children, earning him recognition
from the Poetry Foundation.
Both events are free of charge.
Published with permission of the Tri-City Herald. Additional news stories can be accessed online at the Tri-City Herald.
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