Hillsborough Local Book Fair Schedule of Events

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library present the Hillsborough Local Authors Book Fair on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted in the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library. Shop “Small Business” Saturday and support our great local authors and bookstore. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page.

Here is the full list of readings that will be presented upstairs in the Library:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the keynote address.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Barbara Claypole White, Morrow Dowdle, Carol Strickland, Samantha Bryant, Emily Beuhler, and Anne Anthony will read for 10 minutes each.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.     Lee Smith will read for one hour.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.       Anna Jean Mayhew will read for one hour.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.       Laine Cunningham, Pam Baggett, Dori Anne Dupre, Elizabeth Hein, Harry Kavros, and Nancy Haines will read for 10 minutes each.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.       2018 Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock will read for one hour.

These readings will be presented downstairs in the children’s area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Piedmont Laureate Emeritus John Claude Bemis

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Graphic novelist Max Dowdle

The Sales Area  (in the Meeting Room) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following special signings will be held in the Sales Area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alan Gurganis

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.     Lee Smith

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Anna Jean Mayhew

Most other authors will be available all day for signings.

A reception will be held for authors and the general public from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Events: Friends of Orange County Public Library

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library has an exciting slate of events planned for this fall. Please save the dates!

Real-Life Ghost Stories
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Burwell School in Hillsborough
This is a continuation of our popular event from last year and will get you in a Halloween mood. Fun for kids! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Fall Book Sale
We’re adding an extra day to the book sale! 
Friends members only preview: Wednesday, November 7, 4-7:30 p.m.
Public book sale: Thursday, November 8, to Sunday, November 11, open 1/2 hour after library opening, close 1/2 hour before library closing
We need volunteers to work the book sale! Look for a signup sheet to be posted soon or email focplnc@gmail.com if you’re interested.
NEW: Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This is a brand-new and very exciting event! Twenty-plus local authors will be on hand all day to do readings and sign books. “Shop Small Saturday” and stock up on books from local authors and Purple Crow Books for Christmas gifts.
Special author guests include:
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green — keynote reading at 10 a.m. upstairs in the main branch of the library
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Gurganis
  • A. J. Mayhew
  • John Claude Bemis
  • AND many more!
We need volunteers for this special event! Volunteers are needed to organize and plan this event, publicize the event, help set up and break down, introduce author readings, assist authors with readings and signings, assist Purple Crow Books with sales, recruit Friends members, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet local authors and help the Friends. If you can volunteer or if you have questions, please email focplnc@gmail.com.
Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m., Meeting Room of the Orange County Public Library
This will be a business meeting. We will review the year and elect a new Board of Directors. Initial 2019 Board meeting will immediately follow.