Celebrating the power of a story, the Columbia County Library will hold a panel discussion and book-signing by three authors.
Authors Mary Kay Andrews, Beth Harbison and Patti Callahan Henry will visit as part of the library’s “Just Beachy” event at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
The authors will talk about the writing process and take questions from the audience. A book signing with refreshments will follow.
“I’m really excited,” Henry said. “I love doing libraries because whoever’s showing up at the library loves books.”
Such events give her the opportunity to talk about how a story affects readers, she said.
“I think we’re going to have a great time talking about why story matters, why we love story, why we write them and the motivation behind that,” she said. “We’ll probably spend a lot of time talking about what stories mean to people. That’s one of my favorite subjects.”
The event also will allow authors to talk about their newest works.
Henry’s first novel, Losing the Moon, was published in 2001. Her ninth, And Then I Found You, was released April 9.
Her newest book is the story of a young adopted girl who finds and contacts her biological mother through Facebook, and follows the family’s response to the event, Henry said.
Though all of her previous novels have been fictional, Henry said this was the first time she wrote a novel based on personal experiences.
She wrote the book after her 20-year-old niece, who was adopted as a child, contacted her on Facebook while looking online to discover what her biological mother looks like. The process allowed the niece to meet the whole Callahan family, Henry said.