Authors Fair is June 7th

A popular newspaper columnist, an internationally-known animal trainer, writers of books on local history and multiple others will be part of the free Authors Fair, to be held Saturday June 7th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Franklin Road Library, 5550 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis.

Sponsored by the Franklin Township Historical Society, the Authors Fair gives the public the opportunity to meet and interact with local authors and gain insight into the writing process. Autographed books are sold, complimentary refreshments are provided, door prizes are given, and publications about writing are available for purchase. The Historical Society’s books about local history will also be available.

The afternoon’s feature event will be a presentation at 1:30 by Skip Hess, popular outdoor columnist for The Indianapolis Star. Hess, with two Pulitzer Prize nominations to his credit, has written more than 4,000 stories during his career and has won more than 40 awards, including an induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

Among the other authors present will be animal trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh, whose book “Fired Up, Frantic, & Freaked Out” became one of the best-selling dog training manuals of the past year. Baugh is also the author of several fiction titles, including the mystery “Con Job,” which was just released in May. Well-known local author and long-time columnist Sylvia Henricks will be present, greeting visitors and signing copies of her many books on area history. David Ostheimer will likewise be available to sign copies of his book “From Indian Trails to Interstates: A History of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, for Young Readers.” 

Theresa A. Hatfield, Charles Purtlebaugh and Charles Lynn will also be among the authors present. Lynn, a Franklin Township native, learned long ago how to live with cerebral palsy. He has said of his book that it’s “about the people in my life. I work at the Indy 500 Track and the Indiana State Fair. I meet nice people wherever I go.”

For more information on this event, contact Sylvia Henricks at (317) 862-6371 or at, or Ann Hansen at (317) 432-7037 or at

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