A bash for book lovers Showcase of Authors to feature over 20 local writers

Readers can rejoice, as over 20 local authors are slated to make an appearance at the Threshold Showcase of Authors next month.

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WEST BEND — Readers can rejoice, as over 20 local authors are slated to make an appearance at the Threshold Showcase of Authors next month.

It will be the sixth year for the event, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Threshold’s Lawrence & Vivian Stockhausen Center.

The event is a chance to meet the authors, purchase books and have them signed.

“It’s a really good event for book lovers,” said Laura Eggert, director of public relations and fund development for the Threshold Inc.

The organization is a nonprofit organization that “strives to help individuals with disabilities of all ages reach their potential, and become an integral part of their community,” according to its website.

The Threshold serves 700 people of all ages through 13 different programs, helping them achieve their goals, Eggert said.

The showcase event offers an interactive experience for book purchasing, she said.

“You can have an author sign, can find out what inspires them,” Eggert said. “It’s more of a personal, handson situation. Instead of going online and ordering, you can page through the book. There’s more of a personal touch to it.”

The genesis of the showcase was six years ago when two local authors, Donald Ensenbach and Connie Falk, discussed creating an event featuring local authors, Eggert said.

“Don lives in Arizona and comes back to visit Wisconsin in the fall. He and Connie thought it would be a good idea to start an author event to sell their books, to talk to the public,” said Eggert, who added the organizers were looking for a venue when they approached Threshold, which owns the LVS Center.

The partnership has worked well, according to Eggert.

“We have this space, and it’s a neat idea to

promote local authors,” she said.

Participating authors spend $25 to join the showcase. Eggert said each year features new authors as well as previous participants.

“All different genres are going to be represented,” she said. “Whether it’s children’s books, or religion or mystery or history, we have pretty much every genre.”

There also has been supernaturalthemed work, comedies and autobiographies in previous years.

The event typically draws around 175 attendees. Schwai’s Meat and Sausage will grill meat for purchase at the showcase.

Bookworms of all types will enjoy it, Eggert said.

“It’s a great event,” she said.

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