The Smithtown Library is excited to announce our Local Author Collection. We invite authors who reside in, work in or have originated from the Town of Smithtown to donate one copy of their published book(s) to be included in our collection.
- The Local Author Collection will be shelved alphabetically by author keeping the focus where it belongs - on the author. The Local Author Collection will be housed in the Nesconset Building.
- Books included in our Local Author Collection will be accessible through the library catalog, searchable by both title and author.
- All titles added to the Local Author Collection will remain in the collection for as long as space permits and depending on circulation.
- All titles donated are done so with the understanding that they will be included in the adult collection.
- Authors represented in the collection are encouraged to provide a brief biography (no more than 200 words) to introduce themselves to the community.
- Authors who wish to be included in the collection must complete a required submission form and return it with your donated book to any of our Library Buildings.
For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (631) 360-2480.
Local Author Collection Highlights
Elvis Presley: His Truth is Marching On
Elvis’ rise-to-demise story has been told time and again, but what if there was more to it?
What if there was substantially more to it, where many of the most important parts of his life and career remained obscured for decades, with the puzzle pieces only now being snapped into place?
Earth Up Your Roots
Earth Up Your Roots is the third 'Elemental' poetic collection by author, teacher and activist Selin Senol-Akin, incorporating- alongside new, vulnerably inspiring poetry- punchy and twisty short stories and an original play. In 'Roots', the author explores the concept of self-acceptance through healing one's familial and cultural traumas- with 'the good' as well as 'the bad'- in order to fully blossom.
Across various geographies, timelines and age groups, the author explores what it means for different characters to be affected by their roots. From an older lady stuck between her own past and the future of her son in 'Ruby' and an author meeting a most mysterious fan in 'Theresa', to the forbidden love story between Turkish-born Gulay and Armenian Tigran in 'The Rose Moon'- Senol-Akin presents the reader with seven page-turning short stories. She concludes her nature-fused theme in the final chapter titled 'Bloom' with 'Zelle': an original playscript based on the tragic life of the multi-cultural, legendary dancer and accused WWI spy, Mata Hari.
Daniel Stone Book 2
Daniel's back! And he's on a quest to save his friend Lizzie from a ragtag bunch of Sky Pirates. Including, the most feared pirate of all, Captain Jack Bonesy. And travelers beware, this pirate is equipped with a long, black scarf of darkness! So come join Daniel and his friends on this epic adventure as they seek lands filled with giants, pirates, and dragons! And don't forget to wear your scarf. Who knows it may be magical as well. Do YOU believe in magic?
Daydreams & Deliberations
Daydreams & Deliberations is a collection of 101 poems and thoughts compiled over a spell of two years, arranged into five constituents —Conversations With Myself, Folk Tales, Confessions & Longings, Dreamscape, and To My Future Love. Each poem is complete with a title and the date is was written. Every piece provides the reader with a view into some of the most secluded parts of the author's mind, reflecting upon matters such as worldview, faith, love and loss, fantasy, romance, and more.
When morning light breaks through the window, what pleasant words will whisper in your ear?
Peach Flower House(TM) is pleased to announce our first anthology, Daybreak's Euphony, coming February 2021.
The anthology features eight talented authors showcasing historical and urban fantasy works. You'll find tales of ghosts, beasts, assassins, even a lonely crab. Not all end happy, but they are bound together by the promise of one word: beginning.
Featuring: Dora Mattox, Jian Gonzalez, Kiwi Rat, Yung Shusei, Quirky Pen Name, Ash on a Star, Dregs of Tea, and Jacqueline Grey
Christmas in Angel Harbor
This Christmas, she's hoping for a miracle...
Twenty-five years ago, Jane Fallon put her rising career on hold to take over her family's bookstore after the death of her father. Throughout the years, she's transformed Angel Harbor Books into a place of comfort for her and her daughter, but when her landlord announces the building has been sold, Jane is faced with sudden uncertainty. If the bookstore is gone, what will she do?
As a young man, Dan Gallo couldn't get out of Angel Harbor fast enough. Now a best-selling novelist, Dan returns home after a tragedy derails his career. His first stop is his favorite teenage hangout--the local bookstore. It's almost exactly how he remembers it. But the girl who once worked there is now a beautiful woman whose smarts and spirit inspire him to write again, and open his heart to new possibilities.
With her world threatening to fall apart, Dan hopes that with the help of the town--and some Christmas magic--he can get Jane to see how important she is to the people of Angel Harbor...and him.
Armed with his camera, notepad, and '73 VW Super Beetle, an Army journalist sets his sights on being in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC, all on July 4, 1976, so as to witness how far we have come and how far we have to go.
After the festivities of the Kentucky Derby in 1976, Army Specialist Desi McKoy juggles his duties as a photo-journalist at the Fort Knox weekly newspaper with his quest for his own version of the 'Pursuit of Happiness' in the year marking the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Throughout his pursuit, he encounters many different people, including Emily, a newly minted graduate of the University of Kentucky, hitchhiking musicians who are looking to be part of a protest in Philadelphia, and Penny Bright, a member of the United States Army band at Fort Knox.
On the Fourth of July, Desi attends a Washington D.C. breakfast event hosted by Emily's father. Emily has doubts about her own independence as they head towards New York, while Desi is determined to get a sense of the mood of "We the People of the United States" on the American Bicentennial. He also has to figure out where he will be spending the night if he makes it to New York City that day.
Through their various experiences, some of the characters discover that true "Patriots" are those who seek to help make the United States what it is capable of becoming, not just a vessel in a turbulent world, but a sanctuary where the aspirations of all its citizens are encouraged.
Whether you can recall the Bicentennial with your own memories or not, you will get to ride along with Army Specialist Desi McKoy and experience a moment when a decade of planning at the federal and state levels came together with the participation of millions of people of all backgrounds to celebrate. In the words of John Warner, the Administrator of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, the celebration proved that "America was alive and well in 1976."
The Bears (Little Kids Can Read)
The Bears is the second book in a series of books that 3 - 5 year olds can learn to read with the help of an adult. It is based upon a beloved children’s folktale, retold using only 15 beginning reading words repeated throughout the story to help the child remember the words. On each illustrated page, are questions that will enhance the child’s understanding of the story and is a wonderful way to encourage the child and adult to share ideas. In the back of the book are active games that will make reading the words fun. A young child will learn important beginning words and enjoy every minute of it!
An Ancient Truth
Two devastating crimes, committed centuries apart, are linked by a gifted, young scribe. A mysterious message carved on an ancient set of Sumerian tablets may be the key to solving them. - Ku-aya is poised to serve King Hammurabi's as the youngest scribe in his court. But after the suspicious death of the prince, her role instantly shifts. A powerful sage has secretly been plotting to dethrone her beloved king, and only Ku-aya and her family can expose him. Can their knowledge of the kingdom's hidden past help to protect its future?
Amityville's Ghost: Warface - Featuring Links to My Past A Short Story of Horror
In the first of two short stories horror stories, "Warface," urban legend has it that eons ago Samuel Ketchum killed and tortured countless Indians on remote Indian Island. Not even women and children were spared. Years later, tales of bizarre disappearance and drowning surfaced. Locals tell of a tribal witch doctor Ketchum burned alive on that very island and speculate he now roams the land seeking vengeance for his death by collecting innocent souls for eternity. He is Chief Warface, and he's out there haunting Indian Island. In the story "Links to My Past," while visiting a graveyard during a class trip to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a group of students notice the name on a headstone is the same as one of the students'. That student, Richard Valentine, starts having dreams and goes back to the time dated on the tombstone of 1887. This cemetery contains graves of the unwanted; murderers, rapists, and those possessed by witchcraft. What Valentine sees changes him forever.
Ben Hensley and the Spirit of the White Tiger
The Kingdoms of Bowerwood and Kinshire battle to defend their land overtaken by the dark king, named Frederick Durant. The children of these dynasties have grown and trained in the arts of knighthood. Nevertheless, a young princess warrior is on the rise, learning air bending techniques from her wise uncle. It's now up to the next generation of heroes to secure what was once just in the land of Havenmore.
All of Me
There's no place like home, and no love like his...
Lilly Vasquez has returned home to Compass Cove after making her way in Hollywood as a hair stylist to the stars. With such a successful career, why she moved back to Long Island to open her own salon is a mystery, and Lilly's not talking. That is until a movie shoot nearby drops the trouble she thought she left in California right into her backyard.
FBI Special Agent Jack Miller has floated in and out of Compass Cove for the last fifteen years, rarely staying in town for more than a few days because he's so wrapped up in his work. But when a complaint about a potentially dangerous situation in town lands in his lap, Jack is gobsmacked to see the name of the woman who has occupied his thoughts for more years than he can remember, Lilly Vasquez.
With the excitement of a big family wedding, Jack has an excuse to stick close, but Lilly doesn't appreciate the attention, especially since it stirs up a bee's nest of long-buried feelings. Likewise, Jack is dealing with his own attraction to the fiery brunette, and it's making him crazy. He needs to stay objective to keep Lilly safe, but his heart isn't listening to reason. Will the long-time friends succumb to the small town magic and take the biggest risk of their lives? Or will they play it safe, and miss their happily ever after?
The Adventure of Papa's Hat
Papa's Hat is an exciting fun-filled family adventure to the national parks with a mystery that unfolds along the way.
A young girl develops a strange attachment to a nearby abandoned estate. When she meets a man who comes to live in one of the outbuildings, they begin an unusual relationship in this fragile world. Many romantic scenes follow until a change occurs foreboding tragedy. The story is written in a traditional style of long ago with mystical undertones.
When Dirby first met Ralphius, he allowed him to stay in his room. But Dirby had to help Ralphius perform his daily chores. That included making the bed, cleaning the floor, putting away his toys, feeding the cat, and organizing his desk. Will Dirby have the power to complete these tasks? Come see how Dirby meets Ralphius and becomes a train conductor in this new installment of Mouse Train. All aboard!