HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Several local authors, many of whom are part of the Writers and Authors group, will share stories and discuss publishing challenges as part of the Local Author Spotlight at the Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. For five minutes each, performers may read or sing their work aloud. This event is for teens and adults who are interested in what it takes to be published and who want to discover the work of the talented people in their backyard.  

This is a celebration of Indie Author Day (http://indieauthorday.com/), which recognizes local writers and authors who are not part of a major publisher. Please contact the library for more information or to be featured in a future event.

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Local authors scheduled to appear include:

Patrick McCarthy, Hasbrouck Heights -- A former columnist for "The Observer" newspaper, he is a Winner of Veterans Administration Northern Region art contest for digital art.  Renders e-books: "36 Week Jam Session," "Daddy's' Heart, My Heart, The Purple Heart." He will be reading his award winning poem: “Was I a Hero.”

Shari Busa Ortiz, Hasbrouck Heights -- She is the author of the novel, “The Forever 39ers.” An excerpt, “Suitable Decisions," was published in The Tower Journal and is what she will be reading on Thursday. Shari has decided to turn her attention to children's’ stories, and is in the process of submitting her latest book, “Hello! My Name Is Max!” to agents and publishers.

Camille Menendez, Hasbrouck Heights -- She has been published twice for my bioinformatics research in 'Nucleic Acids Research' and 'Human Genomics.' She will read an article that she's written recently titled, "When to Give Up on Never Giving Up".

Aimee McCarthy, Hasbrouck Heights -- Her short story "Christine" in an anthology by Randy Young called "Gallery of Voices," and her own anthology "36 Week Jam Session". She'll be doing 5 minutes of her stand-up comedy routine "Mostly Constant Kaleidoscope View".

Melissa McDermott, Wood-Ridge -- She is a singer-songwriter and will be performing “Burn Burn”

DJ Abbamont, Hasbrouck Heights -- Raised in Whippany, music was her original vocation and storytelling was part of it. The joy of painting pictures with words came later. DJ has an excerpt from her upcoming novel “Silent Tears”. It will be read by Melissa Singlevich.

June Phyllis Baker, Hasbrouck Heights -- Author of “No Regrets” and the children’s book “See-More’s Big Adventure,” she will read from her upcoming new book.

Justin Watral  Hasbrouck Heights -- Author of Novel "Firehouse 101" published 2005 IUniverse.com, Novel "Love Triangles" hopeful publication 2017 IUniverse.com. Justin Watrel (who writes under the pen-name Watral) is a freelance writer and blogger in Bergen County. Mr. Watrel works for Bergen Community College in the School of Business as an Adjunct Professor and is a Consultant for the County of Bergen Department of Disability Services.

Salvatore Moretti, Demarest (formerly Hasbrouck Heights) -- Sal  holds a Psychology Degree from the George Washington University, and a law degree from the new York Law School.   His topic is "Poverty: Sin or science."

Bernie Libster, Hasbrouck Heights -- Even as child, writer and storyteller Bernie Libster—author of the award-winning children’s book, The Bonsai Bear, available in the Hasbrouck Heights Library--believed in reincarnation and life on other planets. But it was only  decades later, when he began reliving some of his past lives in hypnotic trances, that he knew both were true. He will share stories about two of these lives and invites listeners to climb aboard his intergalactic space ship and, as Frank Sinatra used to sing, “Come Fly With Me.”  

The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights is located at 320 Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, on the second floor of the municipal building.