Regional authors, from left to right: top, Keith Brabender, Keith Gaddy Davis, John Henry Hoffman and Dorothy Darnall Jones; and bottom, John Pesta, Bonnie J. Poore, Stephen W. Scott and Suzan Stirling. (Submitted photos)
Regional authors, from left to right: top, Keith Brabender, Keith Gaddy Davis, John Henry Hoffman and Dorothy Darnall Jones; and bottom, John Pesta, Bonnie J. Poore, Stephen W. Scott and Suzan Stirling. (Submitted photos)
A Regional Author Book Fair at a local bookstore will allow readers to meet favorite regional writers or find new reading materials.

Village Lights Bookstore plans to host eight authors from the southern Indiana and northern Kentucky area, while featuring book signings, passage readings, and meet and greets throughout the event Saturday. The author fair will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 40-minute readings or talks by the authors taking place in the bookstore's new Atrium Room on the second floor, Village Lights co-owner Nathan Montoya said.

"It's sort of a one-stop shop (for visitors)," Montoya said of the event.

Most of the books may be purchased at the bookstore already, but each author will have copies of their books for sale during the fair. The author fair began last year after several authors expressed interest in appearances at the bookstore.

"We generally have one author event a month," Montoya said. "In order to accommodate local authors, we decided to have an author fair."

Eight authors from southern Indiana and northern Kentucky will be at the fair to discuss their works during the 2012 Regional Author Book Fair.

Keith Brabender

Keith Barbender of Osgood earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in English from Miami University in Ohio. He is a full-time real estate title examiner and works occasionally as an English instructor. His most recent publications were poems in "Pedestal Magazine" and "Cha, An Asian Literary Journal."

Brabender will be featuring and discussing his book, "A Deserted Place".

Keith Gaddy Davis

Keith Davis of Turners Station, Ky., earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in social work, along with post-graduate work in religion, human growth and development. As a licensed independent clinical social worker and licensed minister, a storyteller, poet and playwright, Davis regularly speaks to corporate, mental health, correctional and faith communities.

Davis wrote "The Pause: A Christmas Gift," and "Oxalis: A Story of Renewal," which will be featured during the fair.

John Henry Hoffman

John Hoffman of Pendleton, Ky., works as a syndicated columnist and radio talk show host. He also writes short stories, including "Ghost of the Tracks," and "The Sawmill Hollow Buck." Hoffman has also published the first novel in a planned series of books.

"Lockport Blues," Hoffman's first full-length novel, will be featured.

Dorothy Darnall Jones

Dorothy Jones of Madison earned her degree at Purdue University and taught home economics at Crawfordsville High School for many years before moving to Madison.

Jones' book, "Emilie Pariet Todd Helm - Abraham Lincoln's Little Sister," will be featured. Jones became interested in the life of Helm after serving as a docent at Helm's former home during the Candlelight Tour of Homes in Madison. Her book has been entered into the White House archives library in the section on presidential families.

John Pesta

John Pesta of Vallonia was editor and publisher of the Brownstown Banner for 17 years. Pesta earned degrees at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and spent a year at the University of London. His short stories have appeared in various literary magazines over the years.

Pesta's book, "Safely Buried: A Mystery," will be featured.

Bonnie J. Poore

Bonnie Poore of Bethlehem, Ky., presents her true story of a man's dream to own a riverboat. Poore, a retired businesswoman, shares the efforts of building a business from nothing to a successful operation, along with pitfalls throughout the years.

Poore plans to feature her work, "Welcome Aboard... Meet the Captain!"

Stephen W. Scott

Stephen Scott of Madison graduated from Columbia College and is an independent historian. When not writing, he works with Boy Scouts or woodworking projects and works part time at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum. Scott is currently working on another Marine biography and finishing his graduate degree at American Public University.

Scott will feature his book, "Sergeant Major Dan Daly: The Most Outstanding Marine of All Time," which follows the career of Daly in the Marine Corps in the 1900s.

Suzan Stirling

Suzan Stirling of Crestwood, Ky., writes and serves as an advocate for HIV/AIDS patients and families. Stirling's stories have published in "POZ Magazine," "Today's Family" and more.

She and her two children were diagnosed with HIV after a serious illness in 1996, which led her to become an advocate for others. She serves as a family ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Her stories often revolve around ordinary people overcoming the extraordinary.

She will speak about her first novel, "The Silence of Mercy Bleu" .

Two events Sunday will feature local artists at the bookstore.

Riverrun Theatre artist-in-residence David J. Loehr will begin writing a full-length play in the window of the bookstore from noon to 5 p.m. A screen will allow visitors to get a glimpse of Loehr's writing process during the "Write Out Front" event.

Author and nurse Janet Myers will also visit the bookstore with Bentley the Therapy Dog. Visitors to the author fair in 2011, Myers and Bentley will visit again for a book signing and paw-printing event from 1 to 3 p.m. for a recently-released book, "Booboos, Band-aids and Bentley: The True Story of a Hospital Dog."

Myers shares the antics of her dog, who visits children during hospital stays to lift spirits and lower anxiety. Myers' new book helps youngsters understand healthcare and hospitals through Bentley and his true stories and interactions with patients.

Myers, a health care professional for over three decades, combines her passion for dogs and healthcare knowledge to create a pet therapy program.

Myers and Bentley will be on hand to visit with guests, while Myers speaks of how pet therapy and healthcare works together.