The Woodward Public Library Foundation hosted an author roundup Saturday afternoon at Snus Hill Vineyard near Madrid called Read between the Vines. The event brought together some 25 authors, most from Iowa but some from nearby states, who sold books and talked shop with visitors from noon to 5 p.m.
Paul Mueller of Woodward, vice president of the Woodward Public Library Foundation, said the event was well attended, with a particular surge after the University of Iowa football game ended about 2 p.m.
“It’s our first time holding this event,” Mueller said, “and it looks like a success.” He said future author roundups will be considered by the foundation.
Woodward Public Library Director Myrna Griffith was among the many visitors browsing the tables and chatting with the authors. Griffith said her first six months on the job have gone smoothly, and the summer reading reading program was well attended.
Woodward author A. R. Miller was instrumental in rounding up the area authors, whose works ranged from thrillers and paranormal suspense novels to children’s novels and poetry. Miller writes in the genre of urban fantasy.
“This has been a wonderful event,” Miller said. “Most of us know one another from trade shows and author readings around the Midwest, so it’s kind of like a class reunion for old friends. We’d definitely like to do this again.”
Ann Morris of West Des Moines and Darrel Day of Ackley shared a display table. Morris worked for many years as a bilingual adviser for the Iowa Workforce Development Department before turning her hand to writing children’s stories in English and Spanish. Day writes in a number of genres, from biography and thriller to zombies horror stories.
Woodward Public Library Foundation member Sue Wilson said Snus Hill Vineyard was a pleasant location for the event, and the weather Saturday afternoon was perfect.