From left, back row, North County authors Bob Richard, Joseph Dave Bicarti, Tom Morrow, Orin D. Parker with, from left, front row, Brix McDonald, Erica Miner, Jean E. Carroll and Louise Watkins, were celebrated at the Carlsbad City Library’s second Local Author Festival Feb. 27. A panel discussion was held with the authors, led by mystery writer Taffy Cannon, and was followed by a book-signing. Courtesy photo