Dtown Small Press Expo

Join us Saturday, June 25 from 12-2pm as we celebrate seven talented local authors during the Dtown Small Press Expo (formerly known as The Local Author Spotlight).

This event began as The Local Author Spotlight, where we celebrate and host a number of authors from a number of genres for a large group book signing event in our store. We believe that everyone’s voice should be heard, whether you are with a small publisher, are self-published or with a large publisher. We have re-branded this event, which occurs every June and November, as the Dtown Small Press Expo because it has grown in quality and quantity. We don’t just give space to the authors, we give space to the publishers who support them and in turn support the written word in our community and beyond. We promote the event, its authors and sell their books on this day where we can truly celebrate them and the work they have accomplished.

Joan of Arc’s close companion on the battlefield, one of the wealthiest and most respected men in France, became a notorious serial killer, nicknamed Bluebeard, who performed bizarre sexual rituals, brutal mutilations and murders on hundreds of children. How could this happen to Baron Gilles de Rais, a Marshal of France, a renowned intellectual, a paragon of the high medieval prince, almost Renaissance in his talents and accomplishments?

Valerie Ogden is an American actor who accidentally found out about Bluebeard when her nephew married his descendant, and the family hushed all her sudden questions. Nevertheless, absorbed by his story, she decided to research his life with an extensive visit to the Bibliotheque de Nantes in Brittany, France, and the site of many of his massacres. Her website is bluebeardthebook.com.


Javed Mohsenian, M.D.
Gold For Sugar: A Collection of Short Stories the East and West

Dr. Mohsenian is an Iranian-American psychiatrist who lives in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. He began his writing career in high school. Inspired by living conditions of farmers in his homeland, he wrote Waves in the Wheat Fields, but no publisher was interested in a novel written by a teenager. While preparing for Iran's prestigious and highly competitive medical school entrance examinations, he studied every previous test he could find. When he passed the exam, he used the materials he collected to assemble what was to become a best selling, comprehensive compilation.

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Don Swaim
The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) is one of the most colorful and inscrutable figures in American literature. He had a long literary career in San Francisco before disappearing in a cloud of smoke in the Mexican Civil War. His life story is ripe for fictional treatment, and Don Swaim has brought all his knowledge of Bierce--and his skill as a novelist--to bear in The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story

This book is currently not available through our website. Please contact our store for availability. For a full summary of the book, please visit Hippocampus Press's website.

Don Swaim is the author of Steampunk Electroblaster Romance, The H. L. Mencken Murder Case, and other works. He runs the most comprehensive website on Ambrose Bierce (donswaim.com).


Michael Pogach
In the Citizen's Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Historian Rafael Ward is a good citizen, teaching students the government approved narrative of the nation's history. But when he is tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the artifacts he cherishes, he begins to question the regime's motives and soon finds himself caught up in a secret revolution. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw Believer as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother's death, to help Ward break free of the government's yoke.  If he's lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared.
Michael Pogach is an English Professor whose short stories have appeared in various journals such as New Plains Review, Third Wednesday, and Workers Write. Michael lives with his wife and daughter in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His website is www.michaelpogach.com.


R. Michael Phillips

Promise Flynn is an overly impulsive Metro Detective whose disregard for procedure finally resulted in her being shot and left for dead during an investigation. To repair her bruised ego and splintered confidence she abandons the callous dark alleys of Chicago to patrol the quiet, birch-lined streets of Auburn Notch—a favorite vacation spot of her youth. For two years everything was idyllic, until the body of a young girl found in the abandoned asylum outside of town awakens the insecurities she thought her new life would insulate her from. As the new Sheriff she begins her investigation ignoring the similarities between the young woman’s death and her own case, oblivious to being unexpectedly recognized and penciled in at the top of a clever murderer’s To-Do list.

Michael Phillips is a classically trained artist turned mystery writer. By combining his creative talents with a passion for mysteries he conceived his first series—The Ernie Bisquets Mysteries. His website is www.eastlondonadventurersclub.com


Joseph P. Eckhardt

Winner of 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award (IBPA), LGBT

Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, by noted silent film historian Joseph P. Eckhardt, is by turns a rollicking dual biography and a sweet love story. Wilna Hervey a six-foot-three-inch, three-hundred-pound heiress won the role of "The Powerful Katrinka" in the Toonerville Trolley comedies of the early nineteen-twenties through her impressive size. Her evocation of Katrinka was so successful that it became a permanent part of her identity.

Joseph P. Eckhardt, Emeritus Professor of History at Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, taught history and art history from 1968 until his retirement in 2007. His first book, The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer, Siegmund Lubin, was published in 1997. Visit The Betzwood Collection: A Digital History from the Libraries of Montgomery County Community College for more information about his work.


Doreen McGettigan

As much as I felt we were getting to know Sophie and it was starting to feel like she was just another one of our crazy relatives there was still so much that we didn't know about her. After more than two years how was it possible that she was still very much the stranger in our recliner? The Stranger in My Recliner is riveting, a book that captures the reader’s attention not just by its fascinating story, but by the light it shines on society’s ignorance about mental illness. 

Doreen McGettigan has written for several Philadelphia area newspapers and magazines. She is a freelance journalist, award winning blogger, content writer, ghostwriter, speaker and an author. She works part-time as a caregiver for the elderly most of whom are in Hospice Care and as an instructor at Delaware County Community College. She is also the author of Bristol Boyz Stomp: The Night That Divided a Town. Her website is doreenmcgettigan.com

Bluebeard: A Soldier's Tale of Murder, Magnificence & Madness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940773070
Published: History Publishing Co LLC - August 26th, 2014

Between Good and Evil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620067291
Published: Sunbury Press, Inc. - January 24th, 2016

The Spider in the Laurel Cover Image
By Michael Pogach, M. S. Corley (Cover Design by)
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ISBN: 9781941987582
Published: Ragnarok Publications - September 28th, 2015

Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780967926889
Published: Woodstock Arts - June 1st, 2015

The Stranger in My Recliner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681643700
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - January 26th, 2016

Bristol Boyz Stomp: The Night That Divided a Town Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781613465639
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - November 8th, 2011


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At some of our well-attended or off-site ticketed events, you can expect to stand in line for upwards of two hours and sometimes longer. If you have an issue that prevents you from standing in line for that length of time, please contact us immediately so that we can better accommodate you at the event.

Limited parking available at the Doylestown Bookshop, but street parking available in surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, free parking available at the Bucks County Parking Garage near the Courthouse on Broad Street. Free day and evening parking. Entrance on Broad Street. Additional entrances on Union and Doyle Streets. More information about parking in Doylestown can be found at http://www.doylestownborough.net/visitors/parking.

If you can't come to an event and still want an autographed copy of the book, you may purchase titles in advance either in the store, over the phone (215.230.7610), or through our website. When buying online, simply use the checkout comments field to indicate that you would like us to request the author's signature at our event before shipping it to you. Note: If you can't make it to the event, we cannot offer any personalization, only the authors signature. 

All event-related inquiries can be sent to our Director of Marketing, Events & Schools, Krisy Elisii, at krisyparedes@gmail.com. The views expressed through the books or authors featured online or in-store are not those of the Doylestown or Lahaska Bookshops.