The Doylestown area is blessed with a wealth of creative writing talent, and the town's independent bookstore has long supported local authors.
Now, the Doylestown Bookshop is launching a new series to formalize that support and give local writers a boost.
The shop's new Local Author Spotlight series will feature Bucks County authors. The program aims to give them a platform and an opportunity to reach a wider audience, an opportunity that big, impersonal book stores might not offer, said Krisy Paredes, the bookshop's publicist and events coordinator.
"As an independent bookstore and community center, we feel it is a responsibility and a privilege to support our local authors, artists and musicians," Paredes said Wednesday in a statement.
One of the first Spotlight sessions will be this Saturday, Nov. 10, when the shop on Main Street will host Doylestown resident and author John McCann.
McCann's crime novel, "Other Than Honorable," features a Vietnam veteran.
Proceeds from Saturday's event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans.
About the book:
It's 1983 and the Russian mob is seeking to expand by securing the cooperation of the ambitious Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Collins, a decorated Vietnam vet and rising political star.
When Collins hosts a meeting of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Russians see an opportunity.
Everything changes when a young woman is found dead in a crime-infested section of Camden, NJ. Solving the murder requires the cooperation of three estranged friends: Mayor Collins; an FBI Agent; and another Vietnam vet with a tarnished military record.
The FBI enjoins the Philadelphia and Camden police to solve the murder amidst a violent turf war between the Russian and Italian mafias.