The Cambrian

30-plus authors to gather in Cambria for book sale, signing

Catherine Ryan Hyde smiles as a fan takes her picture during a book signing at the San Luis Obispo County Library.
Catherine Ryan Hyde smiles as a fan takes her picture during a book signing at the San Luis Obispo County Library.

Response to the July 2 Celebration of Cambria Authors has been so overwhelming that now more than 30 authors of fact, fiction and children’s books are bringing a generous supply to sell and autograph from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

This event honors local literary talent during the Cambria Sesquicentennial, recognizing 150 years of Cambria’s history since the community was established about 1866.

Sharon Lovejoy, who was part of the initial drive to “Save the Bianchini” in East Village in 1980, was instrumental in getting the 1870s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, thus saving it from destruction.

About 20 years later, the Cambria Historical Society purchased it from the Probate Court, and during seven problematical years transformed it into the Historical Museum. Lovejoy will give the keynote speech at 2 p.m.

Also honored will be internationally known Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of 30 published and forthcoming books, who not long ago topped the 1 million mark for the most recent six titles of her work sold by Lake Union (Amazon Publishing). She also authored the blockbuster “Pay it Forward,” which continues to inspire a spirit of altruism around the world. Ryan Hyde will be presenting her current book, hot off the press, “Leaving Blythe River.”

Joining them will be: Betty Winter, Debbie Soto, Bob Soto, Jennifer Star, Julia Stanert, Michele Oksen, Marj Sewell, Bill Seavey, Linda Seed, Ken Renshaw, Stephen H. Provost and Samaire Provost, Shirley and Merle Price, Helen Mandlin, Donna Kean, Sheri Humphreys, Anita Hubsher, Christine Heinrichs, Dr. Arthur Gusner, Richard Guiney, Dennis Frahmann, Emma Foster, Dawn Dunlap, Evelyn Dabritz, Sherry Eiselen, Lucia Capaccione, Rebecca Buckley, Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter, Patti Taylor and Suzette Lees.

The author and the reader ‘know’ each other; they meet on the bridge of words.

Madeleine L. Engle

During the afternoon, attendees will be able to enjoy the music of Shannon Harmon they meet the authors and explore their works. For a preview, check out the colorful Celebration of Authors website for author biographies and descriptions of their works at

Many of the books are also available at the Historical Museum, as well as the booklet about the historical structures in early day Cambria, which are marked by plaques along the walking tour of East Village. The Friends of the Cambria Library will also have books for sale.

About the event

Admission is $5 (free to children 16 and younger); snacks, soft drinks and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Cambria Historical Museum and improvements to the Blue/Maggetti House next door.

Details: Penny Church 927-1442. Go to