Public libraries and writers are closely linked. Libraries are important resources for scribes, especially those looking for local history and color. The staff of the Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room reports that many writers have listed its resources in the acknowledgment sections of their books. The Virginia Room offers local history and genealogy, military history, maps, old photographs, rare books and government documents to researchers, writers and the public.
Some hi-tech futurists suggest the death of the book is imminent, but according to the American Association of Publishers, book publishing was still a $25 billion industry in 2005. Writers also have a growing number of other outlets, such as blogs, e-zines, e-books, etc.
If you’re in the area and would like to meet local authors, come to the Great Falls Library at 2 p.m. on April 22. Featured authors include Robert Jolles, Clarence Ashley, Cristina Mittermeier and David Morine. They will discuss their books, their publishing experiences, and answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served.