Colson Whitehead, author of “The Underground Railroad,” is the 2016 winner of the National Book Award for fiction. Brit Bennett is an Under 35 Honoree for “The Mothers,” a work of fiction. Yaa Gyasi is a Under 35 Honoree for the nonfiction “Homegoing.”

These books are available at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library.

John Lewis’s “March, Book Three,” is the first graphic novel to receive a National Book Award, winning in the category for Young People’s Literature. The first two books of this trilogy are available at the library, and hopefully, the third will soon arrive.

This trilogy is special in that it is a collaboration between Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell to tell a piece of history in a format of storytelling that has not always been recognized for its potential to reach and influence readers.

It is a pleasure to talk about books, especially the best of American literature being written today, because I always learn something new from someone as passionate about reading as I am.

And I enjoy talking to local authors about their books, and about why they write. Each local writer has a different sensibility to living in Texas, and their work contains this sensibility, making local writing a source of multifaceted local knowledge and lore.

The cultural value of writing in America is enhanced by the opportunity of writers to share with readers.

This Saturday, the Harker Heights Public Library is hosting a Local Authors Fair. Authors will be present from 1 to 3 p.m. to speak to book lovers, and present their books.

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