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Fourth Author Fest of the Rockies Slated for October 3-4 in Manitou Springs

February 5, 2009

The fourth Author Fest of the Rockies has been set for October 2-3 in Manitou Springs.

The event, held by the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library, is one of a series of fundraisers aimed toward preserving, restoring and expanding the Manitou Springs Public Library, an original 1910 Carnegie building. This is a statewide event, open to anyone interested in any form of writing or reading.

“Author Fest has become not only an ideal signature event for the Friends of the Library, but an event of reputation in Colorado ,” said Jean Gabardi, president of the Friends of the Library. “This year, we are expanding our offerings and have already seen an enthusiastic response.

Manitou Springs has long been a creative hub for writers, poets and artists, and our Carnegie Library has always been at the center of that artistic movement, both as a resource and an inspiration.” Last year’s two-day event featured over 30 Colorado authors.

Keynote speakers were Newbery award-winning author Avi (Crispin: The Cross of Lead), Margaret Coel (The Girl with the Braided Hair and Eye of the Wolf), Kathryn Eastburn (Simon Says and A Sacred Feast), and Kate Keeley (the Molly Finn series). Additional Colorado authors and presenters offered sessions on topics for the purpose of taking a writer’s work to the next level, inspiring them to write their first story, helping to find a publisher or agent or simply enjoying the intellectual discussion and camaraderie of such an event.

“Author Fest is ideal for the aspiring writer or for those who just want to learn more about authors and how they develop their craft In an event that promises something for everyone, participants will enjoy additional activities, including a short story/poetry contest for children and adults, an art gallery walk, a poetry slam and an Author Showcase for book-signings.

Restoration of the Manitou Springs Public Library is an important element in the historic preservation movement in Manitou. Founded in the 1880s as a health resort, Manitou Springs is a thriving town where art, history and nature come together in a unique and diverse mix. The Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library is a 501(c)3 that exists to promote and support the Manitou Springs Public Library as a full service library by supplementing the City’s normal processes.

For more information about the restoration/addition project for the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library or for more information on Author Fest go to or contact Jan Pratt at .