Youthful Author, Youthful Books

by Jon Persson

August Edwards has been writing, illustrating, and publishing children’s books for some six years now. She currently has seven titles in print, which she markets online and at book signings. There, she proudly displays her growing collection of books,with titles like “Little Henry Hamster,” “Swagger,” and “Dubious Hero.” August began her career as author when she was but nine years of age; now 15, she is a veteran of the writing, editing, and publishing process.
At this year’s Fish Tales, Tugs, and Sails in New London August is on hand with a tableful of copies of her writing output. In the distance, the sound of music and other book readings can be heard, though August is not slated to read from her works.

August Edwards, youthful author of young people's books, displays her works at the 2013 Fish Tales, Tugs, and Sails event on New London's Waterfront Park

August Edwards, youthful author of young people’s books, displays her works at the 2013 Fish Tales, Tugs, and Sails event on New London’s Waterfront Park
photo by Jon Persson

“I’ve done readings at libraries,” she says, stepping from behind her computer to be in front of her many fans. Her Facebook page lists the libraries she’s appeared, at like Otis, Pomfret, and New London, plus photos of a book-signing in LaPorte, Indiana. For the young author of young people’s books, a summer book-signing tour is part of her chosen path.
That path already has a distinct destination in the creative mind of August Edwards. “I want to be an English professor someday,” she says. Perhaps she will teach a course on the early literature of a young author…named August Edwards.
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