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Almost 40 local authors will gather Saturday, May 21, to meet readers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beaverton library.

COURTESY PHOTO: BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY - Attendees visit the table of local artist Veronica Lake at the Beaverton library's 2017 Northwest Local Author Fair.The Beaverton City Library's annual Northwest Local Author Fair will return this year on Saturday, May 21.

The last in-person author fair was in 2019, said Mary Wise, a senior librarian in Beaverton coordinating the event. The library tried a virtual fair in 2020 but skipped it the next year because of low attendance.

This year, the author fair is back and bigger than ever.

The library is hosting 37 authors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at its main location in Beaverton. Usually, 28 is the maximum, but Wise said the library wanted to welcome everyone who applied this year.

The authors are all from Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, she said, and over half come from the Beaverton area. There will be authors from various genres, writing for all ages, Wise said.

Wise said the event helps authors get to know the community — and each other — and it lets people know about the local authors in the area.

"It's to give the authors a chance to put themselves out there," Wise said. "And it's also to give the public a chance to get some new reading material that is not as easy to pick up, like at Powell's or some of the other places in town."

Attendees can buy books from authors at the event, and there will also be a raffle for three winners to get a bundle of books from various authors at the fair.

Wise said the authors are excited about the upcoming event, and the community has shown a lot of interest in the fair since it first started in 2014.

It's going to be a tight fit with the nine extra tables, but Wise said she and other librarians will make it work.

"We're excited," Wise said, "and hope that a lot of people will come in and join us."


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