Author Shereen Vedam is in her element surronded by books at the Goudy branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Greater Victoria Public Library opens doors for West Shore authors

View Royal author makes the grade for the second year in a row with Emerging Local Authors collection

The Greater Victoria Public Library is writing a second chapter in its efforts to shine a light on the work of local authors.

The Emerging Local Authors Collection highlights the work of independent, self-published and small press authors whose work lacks the exposure afforded to more traditionally published authors, explained Rina Hadziev, collections and technical services co-ordinator for the GVPL.

“It’s more and more difficult to compete with well-known authors who have the benefit of large-scale marketing efforts,” she said.

“We wanted to find a way to highlight and celebrate local material in a way people would find it and know what it’s about.”

The Emerging Local Authors Collection, now in its second year, enables local authors to partner with the GVPL by donating a book that, if selected, will be made available to a wider audience.

“We have created a page on our website listing the authors and information on them and their work,” Hadziev said. “We have also added a special E-book selection this year.”

Printed copies will be available at the GVPL’s Central branch on Broughton Street, or can be ordered in to other branches. Prime display space in the foyer at the downtown branch will also be devoted to the collection.

“We want to work with the authors to come up with ways to help them reach a wider audience and build awareness of their work within the community,” Hadziev added.

View Royal author Shereen Vedam appreciates the GVPL’s efforts to provide exposure to writers.

Her novel, A Devilish Slumber, is one of the books selected for this year’s Emerging Local Authors Collection. “It’s a historical romance with elements of fantasy set in early 1800s London, England,” she explained. “It was inspired by fairy tales and Sleeping Beauty.”

The book was published by Imajinn Press, a small publisher based in Memphis, Tenn.

Vedam, who was born in Sri Lanka and lived in Ottawa before settling in Victoria in the early 1990s, has been writing for more than 20 years.

A Season for Giving, her collection of novelettes that weave a Christmas theme through historical romances, was selected for last year’s collection.

Vedam is also a member of Vancouver Island Romance Authors, a collection of about 40 writers who put on monthly workshops to hone their craft. The group provides a “great support network” and regularly shares marketing ideas, she said.

“It’s very nice of the library to include authors of all types of genres,” Vedam said of the GVPL program. “It gives a chance to authors who wouldn’t necessarily be heard.”

She lauded the GVPL for their support above and beyond the initial invitation to participate.

“It’s quite wonderful to see how community centred they are.”

For more details go to GVPL’s website.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

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