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Oceanside celebrates its local authors

OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Public Library celebrated local authors with the first annual Write on Oceanside event that included an author meet up and book signing and kid crafts and story time July 24.
Write on Oceanside brought together 20 Oceanside authors including Victor Villasenor, the author of “Beyond Rain of Gold;” Kristi Hawthorne, the author of “Oceanside: Where Life is Worth Living;” J. Stryker Meyer, the author of “On the Ground: The Secret War in Vietnam;” and Tom Morrow, the author of “Dark Angel: The Case of the Classified Murders.”
About 200 people attended the event that allowed one-on-one chats with the authors.
“It was the first time we have gathered Oceanside authors,” said Monica Chapa Domercq, principal librarian. “We have a lot of talent here and it’s a great idea to showcase it.”
Children’s book illustrator Mo McGee read the book she illustrated, “Alphabet Kingdom,” at a children’s story time and led kids in book making crafts.
“A lot of kids and families came,” Domercq said. “There were all day crafts as kids came in.”
The event also allowed authors and publishers to connect and share their industry insights.
“It was excellent, not just as an author, but as a publisher,” said Thornton Sully, author and editor-in-chief of A Word with You Press publishers.
“A lot of writers in the community had no idea we were in existence. Half a dozen signed up for our newsletter,” she said.
Tips on research and book marketing were shared between published and aspiring authors.
“It was really exciting to be able to meet other authors,” author Kristi Hawthorne said. “It opened doors for me to meet those authors and make new connections.”
The event is expected to expand next year and include more Oceanside authors. “We got tons of e-mails and calls,” Domercq said. “We couldn’t accept any more authors this year because of space, but expect next year to be even bigger.”
The Oceanside Public Library carries dozens of books by local authors, all available for checkout.
The Civic Center Main library is at 330 N. Coast Highway 101.

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