The Apalachicola Municipal Library strives to provide good reading materials for its patron community, and to contribute to the cultural life of Apalachicola. One way we do this is with “Authors in Apalach,” an annual event which used to be in the fall, but this year is coming up on Saturday, March 15.

Also new this year is the event will happen at the Fort Coombs Armory, where authors and others will be able to visit with readers throughout the day, while a series of forums also span the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event.

Around 30 authors will participate, as well as publishing companies and bookstores. There will even be free collectible book appraisal. Forums will include a presentation by Sharman Burson Ramsey about how to do historical research before writing historical fiction; forums on “Putting ‘Place’ Into Your Fiction” and “Writing for Non-Book Formats;” one hosted by Adrian Fogelin, of “Crossing Jordan” fame; and one by Franklin County School teacher, writing mentor, and wonderfully inspirational Lydia Countryman, entitled “Writing For and Outreach to Youth Readers.”

A mid-afternoon forum will honor two retired professors, Dr. William Warren Rogers and Dr Harry P. Owens, whose research is the basis of much of what we know about the history of Apalachicola and Franklin County. Many of you may know Rogers for his “Outposts on the Gulf,” but did you know Owens, his graduate student, wrote the definitive history of Apalachicola before the Civil War for his doctoral thesis? Owens went on to become a beloved professor at the University of Mississippi, where the Center for the Study of the Civil War named its library in his honor.

The library has always felt, as have others, that Owens’ research was the best on this town, and needed to be more available to the average reader. Because of this, the Apalachicola library and the Apalachicola Area Historical Society have joined together to offer “Apalachicola Before 1861” in print and available for purchase on the day of “Authors in Apalach.”

Other authors participating (in no particular order and not an inclusive list) include James Hargrove, Doug Alderson, Dale Cox, Vivian Sherlock, Tony Simmons, Caron Myers, Charles Farley, Latham Hudson, Bruce Ballister, Olivia DeBelle Byrd and Jeff Bauer. More authors are signing up every day.

Please come join us for “Authors in Apalach” on March 15 at the Armory, with a reception to follow. The event is free to the public, and sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

Caty Greene is the librarian for the Apalachicola Municipal Library. To reach her, call 653-8436.