From a children's book illustrator to a South Bay photographer, the “Literary Luminaries: A Manhattan Beach Author's Fair,” features an eclectic mix of local talents Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Manhattan Beach Library.

“The authors will consist exclusively of locals, demonstrating the breadth of talent in Manhattan Beach's community,” said Patrick Lait, adult service librarian. “Attendees will have a valuable chance to meet these authors one-on-one and see what their fellow residents have to offer.”

The first hour of the event features the authors talking about their work followed by a chance to discuss the work with the authors. Appearing on the panel are Manhattan Beach historian Jan Dennis; retired professor of history Judson Grenier; Roundhouse Aquarium President Lynne Gross; retired English professor Wanda Maureen Miller; retired El Camino professor Takiko Morimoto; photographer John Post; journalist Karen Russo; Land of Imagination entertainer Nicole Tibbets; and children's book illustrator Pat Woolley.

Here is a closer look at three of the authors:

Pat Woolley

A Manhattan Beach resident since 1962, Woolley illustrated the children's books, “The Thrift Store Bears” and its follow-up, “Adventures with The Thrift Store Bears,” which were self-published 11 years ago.

The books were written by Olive Evans, who has since passed away. Woolley said they were on the “same wave length” when they collaborated.

“She would bring me poems and I would read them and I would look at the bear she had written a poem about and we just knew immediately that was the illustration I wanted to do for the poem,” Woolley said.

Woolley said she is working on another book, “Travels With the Thrift Store Bears,” which she will write as well as illustrate.

Takiko Morimoto

Morimoto has lived in the United States for many years and was a professor at El Camino College for Japanese language and literature from 1990 to 2012, but she started to become interested in her culture as she got older.

“I was looking for my cultural roots and I was fascinated with 17th century Haiku masters so I started writing about that age, especially the Samurai age,” Morimoto said.

Morimoto had little time to write a novel until she retired in 2012. Out of her research came the novel “The Haiku Master,” a work of historical fiction about Matsuo Basho, the greatest haiku poet to have ever lived.

John Post

The first picture John Post sold was a shot at 9th Street and the beach, which he took in 1969. But he didn’t become a professional photographer until several years later.

“I left country for three years in 1972, and in the middle of that trip, I decided I was going to be a photographer for the rest of my life. I came back to the U.S. and started selling pictures,” Post said.

Post opened his own gallery in Manhattan Beach and has published two books “Our South Bay Coastline” and another celebrating Manhattan Beach’s centennial.

Where and When

The Manhattan Beach Author's Fair takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 11 at the Manhattan Beach Library located at 1320 Highland Ave.

For more information, call (310) 545-8595, or visit

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