Local writers featured at Literati Indie Book Fair

Literati Indie Book Fair
Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery
706 W. Sheridan
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
315-6224, www.indiebookfair.com

Find tomorrow's literary superstar today " or from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, to be technical " at the Literati Indie Book Fair, returning to the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery, 706 W. Sheridan.

Now in its second semiannual incarnation, the fair aims to give local authors and publishers a leg up in introducing their works of fiction and nonfiction to the public, without the support of corporate publishers and their splashy, big-budget advertising campaigns.

"There seems to be this misconception that Oklahoma lacks talented writers, artists and musicians. That is simply untrue, so we wanted to prove it," said Jackson Compton, event co-founder and a participating author.

Compton, who will promote his sci-fi/fantasy novel, "Night's End," said the fair has a dual purpose: to allow authors to sell copies directly to buyers, and to drive home "the reality of the thriving Oklahoma writers' community." 

"Ideally," he said, "we hope for a domino effect of awareness that spills over into the rest of the art community that literally says, 'We're local people doing great things.'"

He noted recent print-on-demand technology has allowed struggling writers to see their dreams of being in print come true, and for small presses to flourish.

"Runs as small as 20 books can be printed, reducing the risk to nil," Compton said.

More than two dozen authors and publishers are slated to appear, offering titles across all genres, including mysteries, memoirs, horror, entertainment, kids and graphic novels. Admission is free. For more information, call 315-6224 or visit www.indiebookfair.com. "Rod Lott

photo Barb Hendrickson, Marty Peery, Grayson Trice and Charles Martin were among the writers featured at the inaugural Literati Indie Book Fair.

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