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Readers, Writers Mingle at RI Author Expo Saturday

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A lively crowd of interested readers met and discovered authors for all tastes at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A lively crowd of interested readers met and discovered authors for all tastes at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A lively crowd of interested readers met and discovered authors for all tastes at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Santa was one of the many attractions at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Dec. 7, 2019. From left are Santa, played by Michael Silva, his daughter Riley Silva, 9, months, Rhoda Silva and Mary Ann Guerin.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Santa was one of the many attractions at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Dec. 7, 2019. From left are Santa, played by Michael Silva, his granddaughter Riley Silva, 9, months, Mary Ann Guerin and Rhoda Silva.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified author G. Wayne Miller as a contributor to “Weird Rhody.”

WARWICK, RI — The 7th annual Rhode Island Author Expo hosted by the Association of Rhode Island Authors at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Saturday drew hundreds of eager readers to meet and peruse the works of 135 local authors specializing in history, children’s books and all fiction genres.

The free-admission event included writing panels, speakers, a children’s area featuring pictures with Santa and raffles. The main attraction, however, were local authors hailing from across the state with books to meet every reader’s interest.

Authors ranging from newly published writers to more well-known creators attended, including USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, , R. W. AlleyZoe B AlleyJohn Barylick, G. Wayne Miller, and Paul Lonardo, (who contributed the short story, “The Winning Streak,” to WarwickPost.com’s short story collection, Weird Rhody, free with a yearly subscription, just $10 or one year through the end of 2019).

 A full roster of the authors present at the author expo is available at the ARIA website.

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Here are a few scenes from the event:

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Jon Land at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, showing off his latest books, including "Murder, She Wrote," co-written with Jessica Fletcher.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Jon Land at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, showing off his latest books, including “Murder, She Wrote,” co-written with Jessica Fletcher.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Dr. Therese Zink and Reed Pike at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Zink is the author of several books, including global-health fiction works Mission Rwanda Mission Chechnya.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski]
Dr. Therese Zink and Reed Pike at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Zink is the author of several books, including global-health fiction works Mission Rwanda Mission Chechnya. Zink and Pike write for their blog about life along the Warwick coast, ‘Shoreline Journal.’
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Children's author Greg Lato with his new book, TRY is an inspiring children's book with original song about not being discouraged to take a chance on your goals, at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Children’s author Greg Lato with his new book, TRY is an inspiring children’s book with original song about not being discouraged to take a chance on your goals, at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Author Cora Isabella Aurora with her book,"The Teenager's Guide to Surviving a Horror Film," at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Author Cora Isabella Aurora with her book,”The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Film,” at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] At right, author David Boiani of Coventry, shows off his short story collection, Darker Musings. At left is his friend, Coral Isabella at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] At right, psychological thriller/horror author David Boiani of Coventry, shows off his short story collection, Darker Musings. At left is his friend, Coral Isabella at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Connie Ross Ciampanelli, writer from North Providence, with her book, about running a 5K for the first time in her life at 60. at the 2019 RI Author Expo.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Connie Ross Ciampanelli, writer from North Providence, with her book, Journey to 10K: Adventuresof an Older Novice Runner about running a 5K for the first time in her life at 60, at the 2019 RI Author Expo.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Author Jason Lourenco with his book, 'The Ties that Bind" about the historical journey from Pearl Harbor to the Sept. 11 attacks, at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Author Jason Lourenco with his book, ‘The Ties That Bind; The Path from Pearl Harbor to 9/11/2001” about the historical journey from Pearl Harbor to the Sept. 11 attacks, at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Dawn Porter, author of "Searching for Rhode Island" a RI-themed word search book, and Steve Porter, president of ARIA and author of the crime thriller “Confessions of the Meek & the Valiant”, at the 2019 RI Author Expo.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] From left, Dawn Porter, author of “Searching for Rhode Island” a RI-themed word search book, and Steve Porter, president of ARIA and author of the crime thriller “Confessions of the Meek & the Valiant”, at the 2019 RI Author Expo.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick author DJ Charpentier with his book, 'Retire Well,' at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Dec. 7, 2019.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick author DJ Charpentier with his new book, ‘Retire Well,’ at the RI Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Dec. 7, 2019.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Herb Weiss a nationally recognized expert on aging and health care, with his book, 'Taking Charge.' His weekly column appears in the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, Golocalprov.com, Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Herb Weiss a nationally recognized expert on aging and health care, with his book, ‘Taking Charge.’ His weekly column appears in the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, Golocalprov.com, Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald.

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Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.