From romance to mystery, the 20th annual El Segundo Author Fair, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the El Segundo Public Library, offers an eclectic mix of literature for book lovers.

Author panels include young adult, romance and mystery, as well as a presentation on audio books by producer Kelly Gildea and narrator Kimberly Farr. Daniel Stone will also discuss his new book, “The Food Explorer.”

Senior librarian Julie Todd, who also oversees the teen and adult service division, said the fair is for readers and writers alike, “whether they are someone who just loves books or be inspired by another author who they had not heard about before... or maybe get some tips and learn a little bit more about the process of writing and how other authors are inspired by their topics.”

Romance panel

El Segundo resident Carol Ericson will publish her 45th novel with Harlequin in November. Her first book in the “romantic suspense” line of Harlequin romance novels was published in 2007.

Ericson, who is also on the board of trustees of the library, gathered four other writers for the romance panel, which takes place from 10 to 11 a.m., and includes Vicki Crum from Manhattan Beach and Gwen Hernandez from Redondo Beach.

“I feel a lot of readers like to find out where we get our ideas, that's always a big question,” Ericson said.

Usually less than 250 pages, Harlequin publishes “serial” novels that sit on the shelf for a month before making way for the next series of novels. Ericson said they are feature a “standard story of love conquers all.”

“The cornerstone of the romance novel is the happily ever afters... there are certain parameters that you write within because the readers expect a certain story and the challenge comes in how you tell that story,” Ericson said.

Author Fair events

Following the romance panel, the audio book and narration panel takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Author Daniel Stone will talk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The writing for young adults panel takes place from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the mystery panel from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A signing by the authors will take place after each panel.

Children's programming, from story time to cosplay, takes place from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Children's Library.

Live music at the gazebo in Library Park takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performing are the Loyola Guitar Ensemble, from 10 to 11 a.m.; Smoky Hollow Band, from 11 a.m. to noon; The Harbor Jazz Trio, from noon to 1 p.m.; the Harbor Jazz Duo, from 1 to 2 p.m.; and Sanguine and Shiny, from 2 to 3 p.m.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave.

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