Local Authors & The Library

CollectionsLocal authors

The library curates a circulating collection of works by authors residing in the CRRL service area and adjacent counties. Library visitors will find works by local authors through the library catalog and on occasional READ LOCAL displays at all branches.

Authors, if you would like us to consider adding your work, just leave a donated copy at the Research desk at any branch with this form attached. Print out the form (PDF) to accompany your book.

Please understand that we are unable to return copies not selected.


We know you would like to make the public aware of your work. Authors are invited to book space in all CRRL branches for informal Local Author @ the Library book signings and book sales at tables in the lobby. If you schedule your visit at least 4 months ahead, we can include your appearance in the promotional listings of branch events. To schedule a signing, contact Lee Criscuolo at lcriscuolo@crrl.org or by calling 540-899-1703.

Meet Local Authors at the Library

Jason Michael
Snow, Saturday, July 9, 2:00 - 4:00
Porter, Saturday, July 23, 2:00 -4:00
Meet Jason Michael, author of Daddy Doesn't Purr, a children's book in which Duke, a former shelter cat, loves his new daddy despite his quirky appearance and crazy way of doing things. Told from Duke's point of view, Daddy Doesn't Purr reminds us that, even though we are all different, love and family can be found anywhere. Jason Michael is a freelance poet, actor, director, music director, and composer. He lives in Virginia with his wife, son, and their three cats.

Dr. Bradley Gottfried
Headquarters, Saturday, July 16, 1:00-3:00
Meet Dr. Bradley Gottfried, author of The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, May 2-7, 1864 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his fifth book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series. The previous four were The Maps of Gettysburg (2007), The Maps of First Bull Run (2009), The Maps of Antietam (2012), and The Maps of the Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns (2013). Dr. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University. He has worked in higher education for almost four decades and is currently President of the College of Southern Maryland. He also serves as a board member of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.

Anais Hawkins
Salem Church, Saturday, July 9, 1:00 - 3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, July 23, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, August 20, 1:00 - 3:00
Inspired by her favorite authors as a child, Anaїs began to write and create worlds of her own in hopes that each reader will find their own place and life lessons among them. In her novel, Anti-Cinderella, Anya dreams of reuniting with her childhood love, Prince Holden, and living happily ever after. When a handsome, mysterious, nobleman approaches her with a deal Anya finally has her chance, but the road to the prince's heart is not nearly as treacherous as the Cinderella's, or as deadly as royal secrets. She's willing to fight for her dream, but can she kill for it?

Lew Steinhoff
England Run, Friday, July 8, 1:00 - 3:00
Salem Church, Saturday, July 30, 1:00 - 3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, August 13, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet Lew Steinhoff, author of the children's book series featuring Jacques, the bear. Lew Steinhoff is a father of four who loves telling stories. His books about Jacques teach children life-lessons based on his own experiences. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.


Willie Brown
Headquarters, Saturday, July 30, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, August 6, 1:00 - 3:00
England Run, Saturday, September 10, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, September 17, 1:00 - 3:00
Salem Church, Saturday, September 24, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet the author of United States Colored Troop: Importance in Civil War. Mr. Brown has a master's degree in education, and a passionate interest in the contributions African American soldiers made in the Civil War.