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October 12, 2017 -- Santa Monica will join communities around the world this Saturday to celebrate Indie Author Day 2017, which showcases local independent authors, library officials announced.

Santa Monica's main library and its four neighborhood branches will hold events throughout the day that feature readings and discussions about the challenges and rewards of being an independent author.

During the second annual celebration, "libraries around the world welcome their local indie authors in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and much more," according to the international event's website.

The Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, will present three consecutive programs during the afternoon starting at 1 p.m. with a Small Press Panel with Gregory Henry from Rare Bird Lit and Olivia Taylor-Smith from Unnamed Press.

The panel will discuss "pitching, editing and marketing, and share the benefits of working with a small press," organizers said.

At p.m., Santa Monica-based author Amin Sadeghpour will present "The Year of New Beginnings," a talk based on his newly self-published second novel and "an inspirational discussion of his efforts to overcome physical disabilities and developmental challenges to follow his dream of becoming a published author."

The Main Library concludes its events at 3 p.m. with a program titled "The Poetry of Food" by poet and cook Tanya Ko-Hong that "celebrates the intersection of food and words," organizers said.

Ko-Hong will teach audience members how to make kimbap, a Korean sushi dish, while also "challenging them to engage their senses in the writing of a list poem."

A book sale and signing follows each of the Main Library programs.

At noon, the Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard, will present "Become a Self-Published Author," panel discussion featuring five self-published authors.

The panelists will "share tips on editing and proofing, making your manuscript publisher-ready, and selling your book once its published and available for purchase." A book sale and signing follows.

At 2 p.m. in the Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue, Los Angeles poet Rámon García will read from his favorite work and "discuss ways that aspiring poets can find independent publishers interested in publishing their work," organizers said. A book sale and signing follows.

Also at 2:00 p.m., the Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street, will present "Hollywood At Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes" by Donovan Brandt, Mary Mallory and Stephen X.

Their independently-published book is "a celebration of golden age Hollywood stars and their lives behind-the-scenes," organizers said. A book sale and signing follows.

At 3 p.m., the Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard, will host its regular writers support group "Write Away" that wlll showcase indie authors reading their favorite work curated within the group.

"The group also welcomes newcomers who are interested in finding out how to join their regular meetings," organizers said.


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