Joan Bauer will be the featured guest when the Sherman Public Library hosts Authorfest XXV. The annual event will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the library and is free and open to the public. Bauer will also give two presentations for Piner Middle School students on the morning of Jan. 23.

Joan Bauer will be the featured guest when the Sherman Public Library hosts Authorfest XXV. The annual event will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the library and is free and open to the public. Bauer will also give two presentations for Piner Middle School students on the morning of Jan. 23.


In her 11 novels, Bauer, who resides in Brooklyn, New York, explores the difficult issues facing many of today’s youths. She describes how her protagonists learn to overcome their situations with hope and cheer. Several of her novels have been widely recognized. Hope was Here was a Newbery Honor book in 2001. Annually awarded, the Newbery medal by the American Library Association is given to the most notable American children’s book for the year before. Bauer’s most recent book, Almost Home, is on the 2013 Texas Lone Star List which is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Texas Library Association’s Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in six, seventh and eighth grades to explore a variety of current books.


Authorfest is sponsored by the Friends of the Sherman Public Library, the Sherman Independent School District and the Sherman Council for Arts and Humanities.The Friends of the Sherman Public Library will have Bauer’s books for sale at the library presentation and Bauer will be available to sign books after the program.


For more information on this event or other library programs, call the library at 903-892-7240. For information on Bauer, go to www.joanbauer.com.