Local Authors

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Did you know there were so many writers from St. Joseph County, Michiana, and Indiana? Support these local authors by checking out some of their books!

You will find even more books by local authors in the new Local Authors Collection in Local & Family History Services at Main Library. We specialize in St. Joseph County authors. (And we accept book donations!)


Tasha Alexander

A St. Joseph High School grad now living in Tennessee, Tasha writes intriguing romantic suspense novels set in Victorian England.

Find materials by Tasha Alexander in the catalog.

Jeanne Dams

Find mysteries by South Bend native Jeanne Dams in the catalog. We have books from both of her acclaimed series. The first book in Dams's Dorothy Martin series, set in England, won a prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Dams's other series, featuring Swedish immigrant Hilda Johansson, takes place in the early 1900s, South Bend's heyday.

Find out more at Jeanne Dams's official website.

Julie Ferraro

Julie Ferraro, a life-long area resident, is a writer (for 35 years), an accountant, a mother, and a grandmother. A prolific author, Ferraro has written many articles for magazines and newspapers, as well as fiction and nonfiction under pseudonyms. Ferraro's nonfiction pen name is Quill Mastercraft, and we have two of these titles on our shelves. Her nom de plume for fiction is Eugenia Lucas, and you can find this writing on the website eugenialucas.8k.com.

Johnnie Griffin

Find materials by Johnnie Griffin in the catalog.

Gene Ha

Prominent comic artist Gene Ha has been a hit at several of SJCPL's [ Open Book] events, and will appear again at the upcoming festival in September. Ha graduated from Clay High School and now lives in Chicago. You can find materials illustrated by Gene Ha in the catalog.

You can find out more about Gene Ha and his work at his official website.

John Kovach

We can't get much more local than former Library employee John Kovach. Until recently he provided valuable service in Local & Family History Services, but now he'll be haunting Saint Mary's College Archives instead. When not poring over old documents, John can usually be found on a baseball diamond. Click here for a list of his books available in the catalog.

Ralph McInerny

We have books from Notre Dame Professor McInerny's two famous mystery series, Father Dowling and the Notre Dame mysteries, as well as some of his books on the Catholic faith and his recent memoir. Check our catalog.

Patricia Pollacco

Children's author and illustrator from Union City, Michigan.

Find materials by Patricia Pollacco in the catalog.

John Palmer

Another local author with ties to the Library is John Palmer; John also worked in Local & Family History. He has put together several binders about local families and also has written books about South Bend. His book South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce is a well-written and well-researched introduction to the history of this area.

April Pulley Sayre

Natural history children's author from South Bend. Make sure to note the dedication in her book Africa: "Thanks especially to the librarians and other staff of the St. Joseph County Public Library, my local gold mine." Well, thank you, April!

Find materials by April Sayre in the catalog. Find out more about her on her website and blog.

Franklin Sheneman

Yet another author who is also a former employee of the Library's Local & Family History Services department. Franklin, a native of North Liberty, has written a book about that area: Southern St. Joseph County.

David Small

David Small, author and illustrator, spent childhood summers in Indiana, so we're making him an honorary Hoosier. He and his wife Sarah Stewart have written (Stewart) and illustrated (Small) several wonderful and award-winning children's books, including favorites The Librarian and The Gardener. In addition, Small has written and illustrated many books of his own, and has worked as an illustrator with other authors. Here's a list of all his books that we have.

This biography of David Small is from the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

Last updated by: Libby Feil, August 20, 2008

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