“Rosie’s Bookapalooza” helps authors connect message with readers and fellow writers


October 23 — JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A group of writers met Friday and Saturday inside the Cambria County Community Arts Center to talk about what inspires them, to learn from other writers. .. and hopefully sell some books.

Rosie’s Bookapalooza included presentations, face-to-face meetings between authors and readers, and a used book sale.

“It’s great to see the enthusiasm and to be able to express what you’ve done and what is your message,” said Marsha Carr, author of the children’s book “Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?” “What I really enjoyed (Friday) was meeting the other writers. Because when you’re working on it you’re working solo, pretty much on your own. But hearing how other people did their work. , who their editors sort of collaborate with. information and seeing what works for others was great. “

Her daughter-in-law, Kelly Carr, who illustrated the book, said it was “neat to walk around and talk to other people.”

Paul Ricci told attendees about his book “Wuthering Depths in Johnstown: By the Numbers,” which analyzes racial disparities and other issues in the city, using statistics as a foundation.

“I think it’s important to try to recognize patterns that are not easy to see with the naked eye,” Ricci said. “Human interest stories are important. But everything emerges as part of a bigger picture.”

Rosie’s Bookapalooza is named in honor of Rose Mary “Rosie” Hagadus, the centre’s longtime former executive director.

“It was just his idea to have all the different genres with writers who are live and able to talk about how and why they wrote the books they made and where their next adventures are going to be,” Patricia Hofscher , event coordinator, mentioned.

The book fair ends on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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