Badger Public Library wants readers to meet the authors

Authors expected at the Meet and Greet include: Birdie Hawks — Born and raised in Fort Dodge, Hawks’ books include “No Regrets, No Doubts” and “Love Favors the Bold.” On her website, she describes herself as writing “women’s fiction with a little romance thrown in.” Darrel Day — Day, who is from Hardin County, writes genres that include realistic fiction, romance fiction and science fiction. Among his books are short story collections, which include “Four Short Stories of Suspense.” C. Deanne Rowe and Magnolia “Maggie” Rivers — Also known as “The Stiletto Girls,” Rowe and Rivers are two of the three co-authors of “The Stiletto Series.” Each book in the series contains three short stories based on the book’s theme, according to the series’ website.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Jenni Caruth, Badger Public Library director, poses with some books written by authors who will be visiting the library Saturday. The Badger Public Library will be hosting its second annual Author Meet and Greet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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BADGER — Fans of Iowa-based authors will have the opportunity to see some of their favorites this weekend as the Badger Public Library hosts its second annual Author Meet and Greet.

Between seven and eight authors are expected at the event, which will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the building that houses both the Badger Public Library and the Badger Community Center.

Jenni Caruth, Badger Library director, said anyone is welcome to the event.

“You can come in and you can order their book, talk to the author,” she said. “A lot of them are really chatty.”

The authors will also be signing copies of their books at the Meet and Greet.

“It’s really fun,” Caruth said.

Refreshments, including cookies, will also be available.

The event started last year after a woman who lives in Badger brought the idea to Caruth.

“She kind of came up with the idea and said, ‘Hey, I got a bunch of author friends around Iowa,'” Caruth said. “Last year, she put it all together and helped me put it all together. And then I said, ‘Why don’t we do an annual thing?'”

The only major difference between last year’s Meet and Greet and this year’s is that last year it was held in December.

Caruth said last year’s Meet and Greet was popular.

“We had a lot of people come in,” she said.

Because it was around Christmas the last time the event was held, Caruth said a lot of guests were buying books as Christmas presents for their loved ones.

“I think it went very well last year,” she said.

Caruth said she’d like to see the event grow every year.

“If people take an interest in it and the authors keep coming, I think we have the potential to outgrow Badger,” she said.

She said she’s looking forward to this year’s Meet and Greet.

“We have a lot of fun authors coming.”

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