QUINCY -- Two local authors will be featured at book signing events Saturday, Aug. 17, at Quincy Books & Toys, 3800 Broadway.
Quincy resident Trent Lyons will be at the store from noon to 2 p.m. to sign copies of his self-published children's book, "He Wants My Beard."
Then Mark Wavering, a Quincy native who now lives in Hannibal, Mo., will be at the store from 2 to 4 p.m. to sign copies of "Art Book," which contains some of his illustrations.
A press release said Lyons' book started out as a short poem for a high school English assignment in 2003.
"Over nearly 16 years, it was shuffled around, edited and commonly referred to as a ‘bucket list project,' " the release said.
Finally, in early 2019, Lyons sought an illustrator to help bring his poem to life by creating a book suitable for all ages.
According to the release, the book focuses on "a heavily bearded fellow who is ambushed in his sleep by his fence-jumping dream sheep. He discovers their treason stems from jealousy of his luscious beard. While sheep are blessed with a luxurious coat, they lack facial hair and are prepared to take his at any cost."
Wavering went to school to become a journeyman carpenter, but he now strives to make a living by creating and selling his own drawings, paintings and photographs.
He has produced a series of illustrated books and coloring books that he sells at stores, online and at farmers markets.
His "Art Book," for example, features drawings and paintings of classic cars, including many of the "tin dusters" seen in local car shows.