Monday, January 26, 2009

Literary Locals: Supporting Our Local Authors

UPDATE:  I have updated this feature since its beginning, including a new date (the first of the month) and button art.  Please visit the *NEW* Literary Locals post for more information.

Many of us are aware of the popular authors from Stephen King to Toni Morrison to James Patterson and more; however, what about those local authors that do not receive as much PR as the big-named ones that have movies made out of their books? I have a special place in my heart for these "little" authors and wanted to give them a bit more kudos for their work! So, I thought . . . "Why not start a "little" monthly meme or challenge highlighting our local authors?!?!" And, here we are!!

On the last day of every month, I will post a reminder here on this blog. I encourage all my readers to post links to their reviews on these reminder posts or if you do not have a blog, feel free to post reviews in the comment section itself. As for the guidelines, I've posted a few below:
  • Local Authors Defined: Authors that you can find in either your hometown or homestate, or the equivalent if you are not in the States.
  • Home Defined: Your hometown or homestate can be either past or present, meaning you can use your current location or anywhere you have ever lived.
  • Type of Books: The books can be children's picture books to adult novels and everything in between.
  • Literary Local Icon: Feel free to copy and paste my little icon for the meme/challenge on your own blog and proudly support those local authors!!
If you are interested in participating, please post a comment on this post with a link to your blog and I will keep a running list here. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks!
  1. Alabama Book Worm
  2. The Holistic Knitter @ Lynda's Book Blog
  3. Tony
  4. J. Kaye @ J. Kaye's Book Blog
  5. Rebecca :) @ Lost in Books
  6. Mary @ Books Gardens and Dogs
  7. Mark @ Random Ramblings from Sunny Southern CA
  8. TexasRed @ TexasRed Books
  9. Missy @ Missy's Book Nook
  10. Laura's Reviews
  11. Beth @ Beth's Book Review Blog
  12. Kristen @ BookNAround
  13. Teddyree @ The Eclectic Reader


  1. I'd like to participate. Here is my blog.

  2. Great Idea. My book blog is here:

  3. This such a great idea. Local authors need our support which is why on my site I have book promos for smaller authors, and I have book reviews for some smaller authors, as well as some big shot authors. Check it out at

    Tony Peters
    Kids on a Case: The Case of the Ten Grand Kidnapping

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  5. Oh this is way cool! I'd like to play!

  6. J. Kaye, I will add you to the list! It's great to have ya!! :)

  7. I saw this on J. Kaye's blog and I love it! What a great idea! Please sign me up to participate. My blog is Lost in Books. I am going now to explore your blog since this is my first visit! :)

  8. This is a wonderful ideal! I know there are quite a few authors that live near me. Nice blog too!

  9. I'd love to participate. I do have a blog:

    However, most of my reviews get posted here:


  10. This is a great idea! Please sign me up. I found your post through J. Kaye and will post on my page, too.

  11. I'd like to participate! Please count me in:


    I'd like to participate too - great idea!

  13. Yeah!! It is so great to see all of you here! I will be adding each of you to my big list this weekend. Just FYI . . . I have recently posted a little extra information and reminder post about my event. Here is the direct link:

    The monthly post will be out next week, so I look forward to your local reviews! In the meantime, I'm excited to check out all of your blogs!! And, please feel free to look around my site anytime and enjoy! I love to talk books!!

  14. I'd love to join if I can actually find a real, live Connecticut author to feature! :) I think that will be the challenge, for me at least!

  15. It's good to have you Beth! I'm looking forward to what you may find. And, I'm wondering . . . will this website help you at all?

  16. I'm doing the Literary Road Trip already so this ties in nicely to that. My blog is and I've already posted my first North Carolina author.

  17. Count me in please. I've just found a new local author that I'd like to help promote.
    My blog is

  18. Kristen & Teddyree . . . Thanks for joining in! It's great to have you!! I look forward to discovering your local authors and your blogs as well!! :)

  19. Running behind as usual. I'll have mine posted later on this week.

  20. J. Kaye . . . TOTALLY understand!! Look forward to reading it whenever you get it posted!! :)

  21. I'd like to participate!

  22. Julie . . . it is great to have you! One recommendation . . . I have updated this feature a tad, including the button. I recommend that you check it out here:

    And, I will add you to the list!

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