This Saturday, an impressive array of local authors will gather at the Marion Community Building where they will sign copies of their books and talk with readers about their works.

The McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Marion Community Building. This special event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and it is free to the public, said Library Director Marlan Brinkley.

In one space on the main level, the public will be able to meet local writers and purchase copies of their works.

The lineup of authors for this event includes:

• Sandra Warren, author of “We Bought a Bomber: The Untold Story of a Michigan High School, a B-17 Bomber and The Blue Ridge Parkway.” Warren, who lives in Dysartsville, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday.

• Julia Nunnally Duncan, Marion’s acclaimed writer of prose and poetry. Her most recent works are “A Place that Was Home” and “A Part of Me.”

• Jeremy Dayton, a young adult author who lives in Marion.

• James Haney, retired professor and author of “McDowell County 1843-1943,” which was one of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing.

• Kiesa Kay, a poet from Spruce Pine who recently relocated to Old Fort. She’s held writing workshops in western North Carolina.

• Christine Simolke of Marion, who published the historical novel “Children of Italy: Love, Secrets & Betrayal.” This book was inspired by her family which emigrated from Italy to the United States during the 1920s.

• Karen Nilsen, whose multi-volume “Landers Saga” takes place in the world of Tudor England and is a “skewed Renaissance world of witch burnings, sword fights and court intrigue.” She has been working on another series of fantasy books, the “Phoenix Realm” series.

• Rita Silver, former English teacher at McDowell High, who released her latest novel “Keep Off the Grass.”

• Rudy Hoggard, who has written about life in the mountains of western North Carolina and his travels across America.

• Georgia Wilson, who produced the book “The Bear Hunter’s Son: A True Story,” which tells the story of Pete Gibbs and the Lake Tahoma Steak House.

• Mayor Steve Little, who’s written works about Andrews Geyser, the building of the Western North Carolina Railroad and his mission trips to Belize.

For more information, contact the McDowell County Public Library at 652-3858. You can also email Library Director Marlan Brinkley at