JOHNSTOWN, PA – A group of writers met Friday through Sunday at the Cambria County Community Arts Center in the Westmont Borough to talk about what inspires them, to learn from other writers… and hopefully to sell some books.
Rosie’s Bookapalooza included presentations, face-to-face meetings between authors and readers, and a used book sale.
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm and to be able to express what you’ve done and what is your message,” said Marsha Carr, author of the children’s book “Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?”
“What I really enjoyed (Friday) is meeting the other writers, because when you’re working on this, you’re working alone, pretty much alone. But hearing how others did their jobs, who their editors are, just collaborating with that information and seeing what works for others was great.
Her daughter-in-law, Kelly Carr, who illustrated the book, said it was “neat to walk around and talk to other people.”
Paul Ricci told attendees about his book “Wuthering Depths in Johnstown: By the Numbers,” which analyzes racial disparities and other issues in the city using statistics as a foundation.
“I think it’s important to try to recognize patterns that are not easy to see with the naked eye,” Ricci said. “Human interest stories are important. But all of this emerges as part of a larger picture.
Rosie’s Bookapalooza is named in honor of Rose Mary “Rosie” Hagadus, the centre’s long-time former executive director.
“It was just his idea to have all the different genres with writers who are live and able to talk about how and why they wrote the books they wrote and where their next adventures are going to be,” Patricia Hofscher , event coordinator, mentioned.
Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on twitter @Dave_Sutor.