Brampton Library’s Local Authors Showcase returns

You’re a published author, so now what?

In response to many requests from authors to carry their books in its branches, Brampton Library took it up a notch with the launch, last year, of its Local Authors Showcase. The program has been so successful that it’s back for a second year, to the delight of writers who simply want to be read.

The showcase is open for submissions from Peel residents living in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. The submission package is available in all branches and at bramptonlibrary.ca under the Join In tab. All authors submitting titles must be Brampton Library members in good standing.

“It’s a phenomenal program,” says collections manager Cindy Poggiaroni. “If we simply purchased the titles, they might get lost in the shelves. By presenting the books together for a year, they get a lot of exposure and customers are borrowing them right off the showcase. It is a great way for us to shine a spotlight on local literary talent.”

All submissions must have been published between 2013 and 2018. Each author can submit up to three titles that have not been selected previously.

So, if you are a local author, living in Peel, don’t miss this chance to find your audience. Brampton Library is looking for your submissions between now and June 30. Simply complete the package and bring it with a donated copy of your book to present to staff at any branch.

The 2018-19 showcase will be revealed during the library’s Adult Summer Reading Club After Hours Book Bash on Aug. 17. The first Local Authors Showcase is currently on display at Chingacousy Branch Library in the Brampton Civic Centre, across from Bramalea City Centre.

With seven branches open every day and a dynamic library website that doubles as its digital branch, members have the opportunity to visit, place holds and download digital products, such as eBooks and online courses. To get your Brampton Library card and start enjoying membership benefits right away, speak to staff at any branch. Visit bramptonlibrary.ca for details and branch locations.

Photo: More than 30 local authors joined the inaugural showcase.

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