Out of an abundance of caution, all Library programs have been canceled, including the Read Locally Author Festival, at least through the end of March 31. This action follows state recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the local community.

Read Locally: A Local Author Festival 2020

Thank you to the authors that were selected to participate in this year’s Read Locally: Local Author event. Although the event is canceled, please take some time to get to know these extremely talented local authors.

Nancy Churchill
Yorba Linda, CA 
Nancy Churchill is a local resident, she’s lived here in Yorba Linda for 39 years. Prior to writing, she taught English and Dance at Esperanza High School, wrote the Alma Mater that is still being performed and for 20 years was a real estate agent here in town. “Catalina Carnage” is her fourth book in the Meg Pennington series. Meg just arrived on Catalina. Trouble follows her. A woman was murdered in the haunted Catherine Hotel and a baby kidnapped. The next day Meg gets a phone call. I’ll let Nancy tell you the rest.

Jonathan Corrigan
Costa Mesa, CA
I’m Jonathan Corrigan, a professional illustrator and aspiring author with two Children’s books that I and my team self-published through Outkorr, our creative art studio. Outkorr is the preserving outlet from which we get to express our passions with the world and teach what we know in hopes of bettering our community. By this same value, I hope to impart imagination and creativity through unique storytelling and immaculate pictures.

Kristen Fewel
Yorba Linda, CA
Kristen Fewel is a highly sensitive person and a seasoned teacher of yoga, meditation, and energywork with more than two decades in the field of holistic health. She is a writer, healer and teacher of sensitive spiritual people, and the owner of Full Circle Yoga in Yorba Linda for 10 years.

Jeannie & Madison Fung
Anaheim Hills, CA

Madison Hill
Yorba Linda, CA
Madison went to Hope International University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in youth and family ministry. During her college experience, crisis struck, and the ground beneath her feet seemed to crumble. This time is what sparked her to write “Stripped,” as many of her friends faced similar challenges. Madison loves putting words together in ways that make abstract thoughts concrete, and speak truth to the soul.

Kim Hooper
Dana Point, CA
Kim Hooper is the author of three novels: Tiny, Cherry Blossoms, and People Who Knew Me, which was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “refreshingly raw and honest.” Her fourth book, All the Acorns on the Forest Floor, will be released on September 15. Currently, Kim is co-writing a book to support women through pregnancy loss. She lives in Dana Point with her husband, daughter, and a collection of pets.

Malia Lewis, PhD
Yorba Linda, CA
Malia Lewis is a retired anatomy professor who now helps kids and adults realize health and fitness goals through education with books, free workshops and seminars, and social media support. In addition, Malia works with several charities in the USA, Mexico and Africa. 100% of the proceeds from her book will go to charity.

Wendy Moreno
Yorba Linda, CA 
I am married and a mother to an amazing 19 yr old son. I am self-employed, owning a successful pet sitting service, Wendy’s TLC Pet Sitting(licensed in YL). I have combined my 2 passions- cats and daydreaming, in my first published children’s picture book. My book is inspired by my beloved cat Murphy, he passed away in 2014. My goal is to have a series of Murphy adventures for children 3-6 age group.

Susanne Strauss
Placentia, CA
I am a writer, award-winning photographer, and nature enthusiast. One year, a mother hummingbird built a nest in my garden in Orange County, California, and laid two eggs. After the first egg hatched, I took pictures each day to document the growth of the baby hummingbird and the interactions between the baby and mother. The photographs inspired the story of Little Jewel’s Remarkable Journey. I have displayed my photographs of hummingbirds at the Yorba Linda Public Library from 2008 to 2012 and in April 2019.

Lisa Wiehebrink
Yorba Linda, CA
Lisa Wiehebrink writes children’s books that uniquely bridge the connection between people and animals to teach life lessons of kindness, compassion, and empathy. She is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Tails That Teach, with a mission to save animal lives and change the lives of children. Her books are donated to elementary schools and animal organizations around the country to enhance community outreach efforts and to encourage literacy among children. Lisa is also the founder of National Rescue Dog Day (May 20) to honor rescue dogs and encourage adoption. Lisa is a graduate of California State University Fullerton.