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Literary fans unite at Bookapalooza

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

• WHAT: Bookapalooza

• WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12

• WHERE: Borders, 4314 Milan Rd., Sandusky  

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-626-1173

Book lovers unite is the rally cry at Bookapalooza on Feb. 12 at Borders in Sandusky.

“We have three different authors who will be doing book signings,” said Borders Sales Manager Rosemary Dubina. “We normally only have one at a time, but we’re spicing it up with three authors because of the romantic theme. All three of these authors are romance writers, and we’re trying to include it with Valentine’s Day.”


Scheduled to appear at the first Bookapalooza are local authors Debbie Alferio, Stuart Abrams and Wendi Zwakuk. A member of the International Writers’ Association, Amherst resident Alferio brings her “Forever Love” series of fictional romance novels, while Sandusky resident Abrams has his second book “The Rose from Sharon.” Rounding out the list is Cleveland-area author Zwaduk who brings “Right Where I Want To Be,” which is her first published romance novel.

“This is for the romance readers,” Dubina said. “There are a couple of genres we cater to and this is one of them. Readers gravitate toward that at our store, so this is going to work well. We do have a diverse reading public out here.”

Since Borders first opened in 2007, the Sandusky Mall store has continuously brought in a stream of local authors, averaging one or two book signings a month.

“We usually have a whole gamut of local authors, particularly the authors who keep coming back are the ones writing about Lake Erie, The Islands and local interests,” Dubina said. “You know, it’s still an active part (of the industry) even though we see the trend of going to eBooks. So the authors have a challenge going in that direction but we still have a staple of local authors who have their particular vanity presses as it goes. It’s not the mainstream publishers. It’s the small publishing houses that their books are coming from. We embrace that because it ties into the community. The community relates to it. For the most part these authors who come in have connections in the community. So that’s why we have them in here.”

As for her personal taste, Dubina said she prefers reading nonfiction business books.  Perhaps she should combine the two genres and write a romance-based, nonfiction business novel?

Laughed Dubina, “Maybe I should write that.”

Also for book lovers:

• WHAT: Local Author Lecture & Book Signing

• WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14

• WHERE: Sandusky Library, 114 W. Adams St., Sandusky  

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-625-3834

Local author Ty Roth’s first novel, “So Shelly,” will be released by Random House on Feb. 8. You can meet Roth in the Library Program Room, where he’ll be doing a brief reading from his novel and answering your questions about his book and writing. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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