Metro Roundup: Little Professor Bookshop to Host Author Book Fair


The Little Professor’s Bookstore is preparing to host its very first local author’s book fair this Sunday, May 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is a celebration of the local writers’ community and is part of the Independent Bookstore Weekend festivities. Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national holiday that takes place at independent bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Little Professor expands the event with deals and offers throughout the weekend.

Hosted by USA Today bestselling author and Homewood resident Lauren Denton, Sunday activities begin at 2 p.m. with presentations from the 11 featured authors, two of whom have columns in Starnes Media publications. Customers and members of the public are then invited to meet the authors and shop.

“We love to facilitate opportunities for readers and writers to connect in the store,” said store owner Meredith Robinson. “Little Professor is thrilled to introduce this group of authors to our community – some you may know, but others you’ll be excited to discover!”

Featured authors include:

  • Lanier Scott Isom, former educator, publicist and publisher, is the author of “Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight at Goodyear and Beyond,” the life story of Alabama native Lilly Ledbetter.
  • Lori Nichols is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her first book, “Maple”, won the Giverny Award and was selected to represent the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in 2015 and 2016.
  • Kari Kamakis is an author, speaker, podcaster and newspaper columnist, and her most recent book, “More than a Mom”, was published on April 5.
  • Dr Deven Tellis is a seasoned teacher and author of the “Bright Future” series.
  • Destiny (DL) Soria is an author who writes novels about magic and mystery. Her book, “Fire with Fire,” was featured as a New York Times selection for summer reading in 2021.
  • Charles Ghigna has written over 100 books. Some of his more recent published titles include “Love Is Everything,” “A poem is a firefly,” and “Once upon a time.”
  • Audrey Atkin is director of community engagement at public radio station WBHM by day, but also a writer, speaker and comedian. Her collection of essays, “They Call me Orange Juice,” deals with life in the South.
  • Emma Fox is an author and reviewer of young adult fantasy and historical fiction. Her book, “The Arrow and the Crown,” received an Honorable Mention from the Writer’s Digest for Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.
  • Anita Saxena is a competitive figure skater, optometrist and author. She is the author of “Double Axel or Nothing“, a young adult novel about a young competitive figure skater.
  • Kellie McIntyre recently published her first book, “The Passport Project: Two Sisters Ditch Middle School for a Life-Changing Journey Around the World,” which is based on her family’s real-life global family adventure.
  • Beverly McNeil published “Portraits of Hope“, a collection of original portraits featuring portraits by some of the world’s foremost portrait painters, inspired by the women of the Lovelady Center.

The Sunday author event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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