By Khaliela Wright

For Inland 360

Independent Bookstore Day is a national event that takes place at indie bookstores across the country.

Since opening its doors 45 years ago, many people have found BookPeople of Moscow to be more than a store but a community center passionate about bringing readers and writers together. To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, the Palouse Writers Guild teamed-up with BookPeople to feature six area authors Saturday. Together these authors have written a combined total of 22 books representing several genres. Here’s a look at their latest work.

Pullman adventure author Guy Worthey

Self-published author and Pullmanite, Guy Worthey, will sign copies from his series, “The Adventures of Ace Carroway” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Ace Carroway Around the World” is a five-star Reader’s Favorite winner and was a Rave Reviews Book Club pick for two months running in 2018. His latest in the series, “Ace Carroway and the Growling Death,” is set for publication May 10.

When asked why he choose to go the self-publishing route, Worthey said, “Agents had a hard time categorizing Ace Carroway. I didn’t know why, at first. Now, I do. If you browse the teen section at a bookstore, you find zombies, vampires, and dystopian fiction. Ace is adventure, and that category doesn’t exist these days.”

Worthey has also collaborated with Sonya Bramwell in the publication of the “Otherworlds: Anthology of Short Fiction” last December, also available at BookPeople. It showcases work by emerging and established area writers.

Pullman fantasy author Sanan Kolva

Prolific author Sanan Kolva of Pullman will present two of her series from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. “The Chosen of the Spears” is an epic fantasy involving elves and an insane god. “The Silverline Chronicles” is a steampunk/gaslamp-style fantasy series that aims to invoke a feeling of Imperial Russia versus Victorian England. It was inspired by Sanan’s work at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

‘Winterlight’ came about because I wanted to take some of the principles I know about the electric power system and put them into a fantasy setting,” she said about the first book in the series.

Kolva has also served as a panelist at SpoCon in Spokane, RadCon in Pascow and MisCon in Missoula.

Moscow children’s book author Annette Pimentel

From noon to 4 p.m. Moscow author Annette Pimentel will sign her books “Girl Running,” a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and “Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans and Helped Cook up the National Park Service,” a 2016 Eureka! Honor Book from the California Reading Association.

As a writer of children’s non-fiction, Pimentel said, “One of my core beliefs is that what individuals do matters, so I am drawn to stories of everyday people who act in ways that shift the world. I especially love finding people who are relatively unknown whose actions helped shape our world. I hope my stories empower kids and give them a vision of how following their passions and their inner light can make the world a better place.”

In addition to writing her own books, Pimentel participates in writing workshops in elementary schools and serves as the assistant regional adviser to the nonprofit Inland Northwest Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Other Moscow authors include Katherine Sterling, signing her debut book, “Brownie Take Me Home: An Exceptional Collection of Short Stories” and Mark Rounds whose newest title, “Commonality Games,” features a race of aliens who have rebuilt the American economy and eradicated poverty. Lewiston native Al Halsey writes horror, fantasy, and paranormal thrillers, with an emphasis on zombies. His most recent publication, “Empires of the Dead,” combines elements of “Game of Thrones” and throws in a pinch of TV’s “Deadliest Catch.” Students from the Pullman Campus of Spokane Fall Community College will sign copies of their anthology, “Dystopia.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Area authors mark Indie Bookstore Day

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27

WHERE: BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St.

Authors will be available to sign books as follows:

10 a.m. to noon - Guy Worthey, Sanan Kolva, Katherine Sterling, Mark Rounds

Noon to 2 p.m. - Annette Pimentel, Al Halsey, Sanan Kolva, Guy Worthey

2 to 4 p.m. - Mark Rounds, Al Halsey, Annette Pimentel, Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Creative Writing Club

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