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Local Author Night

The Wells County Public Library holds a Local Author Night every other year.

Join us for a fun, family-friendly event. Attendees will get to wander through booths set up throughout the Main Library to chat with local authors and participate in lots of book-related activities (including children's games, book-themed crafts for kids and adults, and lots more). Authors will be divided into sections by genre so you can visit the children's area, teen section, or adult area for activities and books related to your age. You can purchase books from the authors if you like or just enjoy the fun. Refreshments will be provided. All activities will be free. No registration needed (just drop-in anytime during the event).

Event date and time

Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library (200 West Washington Street, Bluffton, IN 46714). Drop in anytime during the event to meet and mingle with authors, purchase books, enjoy activities and refreshments, and for a chance to win prize books donated by the local authors. 

Who can attend

The event is open to all ages to attend and have a meet-and-greet with these local authors. There is still booth space available for authors as well. See the Author Information below.

Local Authors that will be in Attendance 

Find out more about the authors by clicking on their names. An event program will be available closer to the event date to learn more about the authors.

Keynote Presentation 

Kay Reusser will give a keynote talk from 7-8 pm that evening in the Large Meeting Room. She'll be showing photos and talking about her travels to World War II sites throughout Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany that will be featured in her latest book. She'll also spend a bit of time talking about her writing process and how she turns trips like these into a book. 



Author Information

Participate in the event as an author

Any author (traditionally published or self-published) that lives in Indiana or western Ohio is invited to reserve booth space at the event. Authors will be split up by genre, but please respect the event is open to all ages to attend. If your book covers or materials are for adults-only, please get it approved ahead of time to make sure it will be a good fit at this family-friendly event. Authors need to stay for the entire event time. Just complete the necessary forms to reserve your spot today!

What is it

Authors will get a booth in the main library concourse area for the event. This will be an informal event where attendees can wander through the booths, chat with the authors, and purchase books. Please bring books to sell, any handouts or giveaways, and items to decorate a booth. You can also reserve a spot to do a brief reading that night from one of  your books and you can have activities at your booth, related to your book themes. Small refreshments will be provided by the library for attendees and authors.

Event date and time

Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library (200 West Washington Street, Bluffton, IN 46714). Authors need to stay for the entire time.


FREE to participate. However, authors will not be given a stipend or travel reimbursements. They must make all their own arrangements to attend the event.

Authors must also be willing to donate 1 of their books to the Local Author Night. If we don't own a copy of the book already, it will be added to our Local Author collection at the library. If we do own a copy, then it will be used as a giveaway during the Local Author Night. Send or drop off books by September 30 deadline.

How to participate

Authors need to send all the necessary information to the Main Library by September 30 to reserve your spot (authors may be accepted after this date, but will not be guaranteed a spot nor included in some publicity), including: