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8th Annual  Fall “Gathering of Authors”

8th Annual  Fall “Gathering of Authors”

Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center

5200 Convention Plaza Dr.

Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Charity Dinner: Friday, Oct. 27th – 7 – 9pm $25.00  RSVP

Keynote Speaker: Dusty Richards (Western writer of over 100 books)

St. Jude and Arkansas Children’s Family will tell their stories

LIVE Auction items like Dillards basket, Yeti Hopper 40, Fine Dining gift certificate basket worth over $500.00, Home items from Gateway Furniture, and much more.


Gathering of Authors Event – Sat. Oct. 28th  10 am – 3 pm

This year we will have 35 to 40 authors attending to meet readers, visit and autograph books.  Our motto is “Finding a Cure Through Literacy.”

There will be a “Kid’s Corner” with Arts, crafts, reading and games for the kids…

We will have vendors set up in the lobby area as you come in including Snap Jewelry from Hot Springs Village and Usbourne books and more from Henderson TX…Texarkana Library etc.

TREASURE HUNT – We are having a treasure hunt where you have to go around and find out which of the Authors and Vendors have gold coins.  Collect 15 Gold coins and you will be entered into the 2:30 drawing for Visa Gift Cards…just in time for CHRISTMAS

Last but not least…LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES.  We will be selling door prize tickets and will draw a prize every 15 minutes.

“This is a FAMILY EVENT.  We focus on literacy and raising money to help save the lives of children and to me, that’s a win win.”  Tammy D. Thompson.  “This is our 8th Annual event and we will keep on doing it as long as there are readers and as long as the children need our help.”


Lastly, the morning of the event from 8:00 – 8:45 am and 9:00 – 9:45 am we will have special sessions going on in the two speaking rooms as you pass the front desk.  If you are interested in writing, have written a book and need info on publishing or need promoting ideas, please come and listen to Authors Patty Wiseman, Dana Wayne, David Walker, Penny Richards and Dusty Richards give their knowledge on writing, setting, Promoting and more.  Don’t miss it.  Go to and click on 2017 GOA for list of session and times.




  1. James Babb – Young Adult Author – De Queen, AR
  2. Pamela Wright – Christian/Insp Author – Dothan, AL
  3. Richard Paolinelli – Adventure/Thriller Author – Thousand Oaks, CA
  4. La Queisha Malone – Young Adult Author – Rison, AR
  5. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Romance/Historical – Belton, MO
  6. Debra Elliott – Christian/Insp Author – Birmingham, AL
  7. Lee McQueen – Adventure Thriller – Local
  8. Kristie Haigwood – Paranormal – Batesville, AR
  9. John T. Wayne(John Wayne’s Grandson) – Western – Paragould, AR
  10. Patty Wiseman – Historical/Romance – Woodlawn, TX
  11. Frankie Capers – Children’s – Mt. Vernon, TX
  12. Michael Hawron – Adventure/Thriller – New Boston, TX
  13. Terrell Polite – Christian/Insp – Ashdown, AR
  14. Marleshia Pickett-Mills – Young Adult – Sherwood, AR
  15. Anne Redelfs – Self Help – Texarkana, TX
  16. Kimberly Bailey – Children’s – Cordova, TN
  17. Dana Wayne – Hist/Romance – Gilmer, TX
  18. Ciera Carter(deaf author)Autobiography – Porterdale, GA
  19. Dusty Richards – Western – Springdale, AR
  20. Vickie Phelps – Christian/Insp – Henderson, TX
  21. La Shae Wright – Christian/Insp – Ashdown AR
  22. Garon Whited – Sci-fi – Wake Village, TX
  23. Deborah Chelette-Wilson – Winnsboro, TX
  24. Penny Richards(Harlequin Author) Romance – Delight AR
  25. Judy Lowe – Children’s – Dallas, TX
  26. Karen Gammons – Children’s – Hooks, TX
  27. Caleb Gammons – Childrens – Hooks, TX
  28. David Walker – Historical Romance – Ft. Worth, TX
  29. David Henderson – Young Adult – Prescott, AR
  30. Kimberly Thompson – Historical/Romance – Baskin, LA
  31. Janet Sever Hull – Children’s – Hickory Creek, TX
  32. Sidney Melton – Insp – Texrakana, TX
  33. Gay Ingram – Hist/Romance – Big Sandy, TX
  34. CM Healey – Children’s- Dallas, TX
  35. Franklin & Lurlene Bowden – Romance/Hist – Rusk, TX
  36. Jana Grissom- Young Adult – Crowley, TX
  37. Jeanie Waters – Christian Inspirational

Along with a number of vendors including Snap Jewelry from Hot Springs Village and Usbourne books and more from Henderson TX…Texarkana Library etc.


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