The following post was written by the Berne Public Library about their experience with the Novel Conversations Speakers Program. The program invited schools and libraries to host a speaker from among the winners and finalists in the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. Colleen Coble is a lifelong Hoosier and the author of Anathema, a mystery novel set in Parke County, Indiana. For more information on the speakers program and a list of remaining appearances click here.
On Saturday, May 7th, the Berne Public Library was given the opportunity to host Indiana author Colleen Coble through the Novel Conversations Speakers Program. It turned out to be a wonderful event: the attendance was off the charts for an adult program at our library, the speaker was engaging, and the audience left happy (with many of them clutching book purchases they were ready to rush home to read).
We publicized the event in our library and in the community – through the newspapers, radio station, facebook page and blog, but by far the best promotion was the one we can’t take credit for – the author herself publicized the event to her facebook fans, which resulted in some die-hards travelling farther than the author to get to our library!
Ms. Coble shared the story of how she entered the writing profession and the motivation behind different aspects of her books. When she took questions, the conversation ranged from tips for aspiring authors to tantalizing teasers of upcoming books. The event was a huge success for the library, and we are glad to have been able to participate in the Novel Conversations Speakers Program.