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Read­ers get to in­ter­act with lo­cal writ­ers at Au­thor’s Day

- By JONATHAN BISSONNETT­E jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com Woonsocket, RI · Iceland · Austria · Somalia · The Association · Belarus · Woonsocket Harris Public Library · Woonsocket · Rhode Island · Cumberland, RI · Au · St. Charles · North Smithfield, RI

WOONSOCKET — The Woonsocket Har­ris Pub­lic Li­brary is of­ten a place where book­worms come to flip through the pages of their fa­vorite works. But rarely do those loyal read­ers have the chance to meet the men and women be­hind their best-loved pieces.

For five hours on Satur­day, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land Authors sought to change that, al­low­ing avid read­ers and fol­low­ers to meet 24 Rhode Is­land authors at the Rhode Is­land Au­thor’s Day.

Guests pe­rused the lat­est works from Ocean State writ­ers, asked ques­tions of those whose words jump off the pages, and bought signed copies for them­selves or as a gift for a loved one.

Au­thor Julien Ay­otte, who grew up in Woonsocket and now lives in Cum­ber­land, said Satur­day’s expo was a “great, great thing for them to do. It’s long over­due. I’ve done this at so many li­braries and for Woonsocket not to have any, they were miss­ing out on Rhode Is­land’s authors.”

“They love this,” he con­tin­ued.

“I think if it con­tin­ues this way, they’ll tneed a big­ger room!” The As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land Au-thors, or ARIA, boasts a mem­ber­ship of around 300 Rhode Is­land-based authors, whose works range from mys­tery thrillers to chil­dren’s fantasy. “The re­sult is good, qual­ity prod­ucts,” Ay­otte said. A mys­tery thriller au­thor, Ay­otte said Satur­day’s event pro­vided him with a chance to have a face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion with some of his most loyal read­ers. He ref­er­enced one woman who’d al­ready fin­ished two of his books and was thrilled to see that he’d pub­lished two more. He also re­called an in­stance where he was stopped at a restau­rant by fans, who said, “You’re writ­ing a se­quel, right? We can’t wait to read the next one!” “That to me is the most sat­is­fy­ing,” Ay­otte said. Ed­u­cated at Mount Saint Charles Academy, Ay­otte said his nov­els al­ways be­gin in Rhode Is­land – whether in Woonsocket, Lin­coln, or North Smith­field – but his char­ac­ters are quickly trans­ported all over the world after the first few chap­ters. He said read­ers have told him, “You’ve taken me to places I’ve never been. Now I feel like I’ve been.” “What a com­pli­ment,” he said. Fel­low Woonsocket nov­el­ist Jean­nette Win­ters was chat­ting with fans of her ro­mance nov­els. Since pub­lish­ing her first book in 2015, Win­ters has pub­lished 25 ro­man­tic sto­ries, from tales of in­trigue to more “hot and spicy” nar­ra­tives. In­ter­act­ing with read­ers on Satur­day, Win­ters said, is “prob­a­bly the most valu­able per­sonal con­nec­tion.” “You want to give the cus­tomer what they like. Ev­ery­one has a story to tell, and that’s what I do: lis­ten to what the read­ers have to say,” Win­ters said. Win­ters’ sis­ter and brother are both writ­ers and she said her mother and grand­fa­ther are pro­lific sto­ry­tellers. She said that trait was passed down to her, say­ing the most im­por­tant as­pect of be­ing a nov­el­ist is the abil­ity to tell a story. As for hav­ing the au­thor expo in her home­town, Win­ters said “peo­ple don’t even re­al­ize how much tal­ent there is in the city.” She ref­er­enced the Sta­dium The­atre and other per­for­mance venues, say­ing “writ­ing is just an­other form of art.”

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The Woonsocket Har­ris Pub­lic Li­brary is of­ten a place where book­worms come to flip through the pages of their fa­vorite works. But rarely do those loyal read­ers have the chance to meet the men and women be­hind their best­loved pieces. For five hours on Satur­day, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land Authors sought to change that, al­low­ing avid read­ers and fol­low­ers to meet 24 Rhode Is­land authors at the Rhode Is­land Au­thor’s Day.
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Ernest A. Brown pho­tos Pic­tured clock­wise from top photo, Ju­lian Ay­otte, a lo­cal best­selling au­thor, takes part in the expo at the li­brary Satur­day; Bob Sher­man’s book “The Train Sta­tion,’ based on train the de­pot in Woonsocket was a pop­u­lar draw with cus­tomers; David Aiello, of Prov­i­dence, shows his book to cus­tomers based on the fa­mous Bonded Vault rob­bery called “Bonded Vault.”
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