LLANO — Tommi Myers tried to hide her excitement about the upcoming Author Extravaganza at the Llano County Library. OK, not really, because she’s just so darn excited about the event.
“This is the first year we’ve actually had an Extravaganza,” she said. “Before, we’d have authors come in for author events but never together and never like this.”
The Author Extravaganza on Oct. 18 is “all day long,” but the first author program doesn’t technically start until 11 a.m. at the library, 102 E. Haynie. Now the end time, well, that depends on storyteller Donna Ingham, who starts reveling folks with tales and humor at 6 p.m. on the library’s multi-level patio. When she decides to call it a night is pretty much in her hands — or vocal chords.
The event features eight authors. Some are local, but most have a national presence. The Extravaganza is part of the library’s annual BookFest through most of October.
Myers and the Llano County Library System have rounded up some great authors for the one-day event. The lineup includes Dana Wright and Harriet Myrick, W.C. Jameson, Lisa Wingate, Bill Minutagalio, Barbara Gunn, JoAnn Matthews and Nikki Loftin.
“Lisa was our very first author at our very first BookFest in 2002,” Myers said. “At the time, she had published her first book, I believe, and now she’s agreed to come back for this year’s Extravaganza.”
Wingate is the author of more than 20 novels, including several set in the Texas Hill Country. She writes both for the Christian and general markets. Several of her titles have earned bestselling recognition, but she’s also captured a loyal audience with her incredible prose, style and storytelling.
Wright and Myrick teamed up to pen a children’s book, “A Pigeon Tale.”
And Jameson, a Llano-based writer, has been keeping folks turning the pages for years with his stories of adventure and treasure.
Loftin of Austin writes for children and teenagers. Her novels include “The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy” and “Nightingale’s Nest.” Her third book, “Wish Girl,” is scheduled to be published in February 2015.
Minutaglion is a nonfiction writer who takes in-depth looks at historical figures and occurrences (though he threw in a book on sports superstitions.) His book “City on Fire” looks into the April 1947 explosion on the Texas City waterfront that killed hundreds and injured thousands. In “Dallas 1963,” the author puts together a literary nonfiction book that brings a new perspective to the last days of John F. Kennedy.
Gunn, who grew up in Central Texas, wrote the book “Bilyana: Return to Kirrama” about her life on an Australian cattle station, the Outback and the people who inhabit that land.
Matthews is a children’s author from San Antonio with three fiction books to her credit as well as a book on driving safety for teens.
During the Extravaganza, each of the authors will hold a speaking session, but they’ll also have books for sale and offer signings.
The speaking/sale times are:
Wright and Myrick: book sales and signings 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; musical book reading at 11 a.m.
Jameson: book sales and signing noon-3 p.m.; speaking session at 1 p.m.
Wingate: book sales and signing 1-4 p.m.; speaking session at 2 p.m.
Minutaglio: book sales and signing 2-5:30 p.m.; speaking session at 4 p.m.
Gunn: book sales and signing 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; speaking session at noon
Matthew: book sales and signing noon-5 pm.; book readings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Loftin: book sales and signing noon-5 p.m.; speaking session at 3 p.m.
The day wraps up when Ingham, a nationally known storyteller, takes everybody on a journey, as only storytellers can do, without even leaving the library’s patio.
“We’re really excited about this event,” Myers said. “People really liked the author events in the past, but because it was an author evening and having dinner with the writer, that kind of limited the people who could attend. The Extravaganza is all day, so it really gives more people a chance to attend.”
And it’s free.
The event falls on the same weekend as the Llano Heritage Festival. The festival organizers have moved the vendors, so they’ll set up along the road next to the library, adding another great element to the Extravaganza.
Call (325) 247-5248 or check out the Llano County Library System’s Facebook page for more information.