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. If you would like to be considered for an informal Local Author @ the Library book signing and book sale at a table in a library lobby, contact Lee Criscuolo at lcriscuolo@crrl.org or 540-899-1703. Lobby visits scheduled at least 2 months in advance may be promoted on our online listings of branch events.  Those scheduled at least 4 months in advance may also be promoted in our quarterly @ Your Library magazine.

Meet Local Authors at the Library

Charlene Peterson
Porter, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, January 28, 1:00 -3:00
England Run, Saturday, February 4, 1:00 -3:00
Meet Charlene Peterson, author of The Misadventures of Cowhead: Cowhead's Big Move. Cowhead is upset because she has to move away from her friends. She discovers is that meeting new friends can be challenging but fun, and that it's okay to be different. Charlene Peterson was born and raised in San Diego, but now lives in Fredericksburg, VA. She started writing creatively in high school and hasn't stopped. She is working on her third book about Cowhead.

Sandra Manigault​
Porter, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, February 11,1:00 - 3:00
Sandra Manigault taught in Fairfax, NYC, and at Northern Virginia Community College from which she retired. She is the author of four books. As an advocate for new writers Sandra believes that every woman has a book in her. Sandra's memoir, Fragments of a Woman's Life and her new novel, Vanessa: a Love Story, will be featured. 

Jeannene Pettett Hall
Snow, Saturday, January 7, 2:00 - 4:00
Meet the author of Winifred and Maggie, their Music Adventure, in which a girl overcomes her shyness by participating in the one thing that she loves: music class. This book is for everyone that has ever felt shy.

David Mauer
Headquarter, Saturday, January 28, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, March 18, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet David Maurer, author of Watering Rocks: How to Fail and Succeed as a LeaderWatering Rocks is a collection of essays recalling Dave's leadership experience during a full military career and nearly two decades in the private sector. The lessons learned and described serve to help new leaders prepare for their roles, while reminding seasoned leaders of what is important in life and in leading. Mr. Maurer served as an active duty Army officer for 22 years and is the author or co-author of several books on leadership, project management, and professional development

Bronwen Chrisholm
Salem Church, Saturday, January 28, 1:00 -3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, February 4, 1:00 - 3:00
England Run, Saturday, March 4, 1:00 -3:00
Porter, Saturday, April 8, 1:00 -3:00
Snow, Saturday, April 22, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet Bronwen Chisholm, author of The Ball at Meryton and Georgiana Darcy, Matchmaker. Her newest novel, Georgiana Darcy, Matchmaker, begins with a letter written by Mr. Darcy to his sister during Miss Bennet's visit to Hertfordshire. The letter inspires Miss Darcy to visit her brother unexpectedly. This story is told entirely from Georgiana's point of view.

Fred Lucas
Salem Church, Saturday, January 7, 1:-00 - 3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, January 28, 1:00 - 3:00
England Run, Saturday, February 11, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, February 18, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet Fred Lucas, author of Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections. This book looks at the most controversial presidential elections in history and examines what the nation would look like if each had turned out differently. Fred Lucas is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal, and has more than a dozen years of political reporting experience.

Tina Sears
Headquarters, Saturday, January 7,1:00 - 3:00
Salem Church, Saturday, January 14, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet Tina Sears, author of The River's Edge. Forced to spend the summer with relatives, Chris Morgan faces many challenges and has to make some tough choices about what she knows is right and giving in to the expectations of her new friends. Between the dangers of the river and the shadows of her family’s past, she will say goodbye to her carefree childhood. Tina Sears worked as an evidence photographer for the FBI, a medical photographer, and a ballroom dance Instructor before becoming an author. She received her BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University.