By Brian Ojanpa
Free Press Staff Writer
ST PETER — Sixty authors will be on hand to share thoughts about their craft at the second annual St. Peter Book Festival on Saturday, April 6.
The free 1-5 p.m. event in St. Peter Community Center gathers local and regional authors for public panel forums.
Also, representatives from publishing companies will be available to chat with festival attendees about how to go about selling their works.
“The 60 authors is double the number we had last year. Last year was a success so more authors wanted to be a part of this,” said Ben Leonard, a member of the event’s organizing entity St. Peter Reads.
The keynote speaker will be St. Paul author William Kent Krueger, a New York Times best-selling author whose “Ordinary Grace” is a fictional chronicling of a middle-age man whose life has been informed by the events of his tumultuous youth.
The festival also will include author panelists speaking on adult and junior fiction writing, children’s activities, and drawing for 200 book prizes.
The St. Peter Book Festival is patterned upon a group in the Seattle area that was started by a librarian who came up with the idea for “city reads” events.
St. Peter Reads, which began in 2003, is dedicated to promoting literacy and reading by bringing writers to town for annual events.
In 2010 the group became affiliated with Friends of the St. Peter Public Library.
For more information on the festival go to stpeterreads.wordpress.com.