Call for local authors for Author’s Showcase

By June 15, 2017July 5th, 2017Press Releases

Los Altos, CA June 15, 2017The Los Altos History Museum is looking for local authors! Writers can present their published works at the Museum’s “Authors’ Showcase”, one of the special activities at the annual Catch the Spirit holiday event. Authors that have published a book during the last two years in any genre — fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature –are all welcome. Last year, over 400 people enjoyed interacting with local authors Skip Vaccarello, Ursula Meier, Gisela Zebroski, Russ Atkinson, John Ralston and Peter Lobban.

“The Museum is very much looking forward to giving the community a chance to meet local writers and learn more about their books. The written word is a powerful medium and we know many in this community value the skill and research needed to make a book a reality. Its a pleasure to be able to offer this annual Author Showcase event,” said Dr. Elisabeth I. Ward, one of many literary buffs associated with the Museum.

On Wednesday, November 15, noon to 4pm, local authors may make some extra sales by having their books available for purchase in the Museum Store.

The annual “Catch the Spirit” festivities include decking out the J. Gilbert Smith History House with holiday decorations reminiscent of the 1930s, tasty treats served on the spacious wraparound porch and live music from Schola Cantorum. Authors will autograph their books in the Museum’s lush garden.

Interested authors should contact Vicki Holman, Event Chair, or call 650.428.0936. The deadline is September 7. Space is limited to six authors.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,