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Smithtown Library to have presentations by 10 local authors

Smithtown Library Nesconset Branch.

Smithtown Library Nesconset Branch. Credit: Meghan Giannotta

The Smithtown Library will hold its first event to showcase local authors and allow them to share their publishing experiences.

Ten authors of various book genres — poetry, graphic novel, non-fiction and fiction — will discuss their books and writing process Saturday at the Nesconset Branch, organizers said. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Smithtown library officials said the authors include: Diana Gallagher of Wading River, author of a young adult book, “Lessons in Falling,” about a gymnast who suffers an injury and has to decide whether to continue with the sport while grappling with a close friend’s suicide attempt; Reed Farrel Coleman of Lake Grove, author of a mystery novel, “Where it Hurts,” about a retired Suffolk County police officer who experiences a family tragedy that changes his outlook on life; and Shirley-native Michael Locurto, now of Brooklyn, author of the novel “To Sea,” about a Long Island fisherman who confronts the impact of overfishing in local waters.

Lauren Bernat, the Smithtown Library’s adult program coordinator, said the event was “a great opportunity for the public to learn and to engage in a creative way with authors in their own backyard.”

“We hope to make this an annual event to showcase more local authors, and for members of our local community to learn what it takes to get published,” said Bernat.

The event is free and will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at 148 Smithtown Blvd. in Nesconset. Advance registration is required by Thursday. Call 631-360-2480 ext. 232 for more information or to register.

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