Saturday, May 2, 2015 marked the date for the inaugural Local Author Fest at the Athens-Limestone County Public Library. The Ardent Writer Press was in attendance at the beautiful new complex with several authors. Publisher Steve Gierhart started off the event by talking to patrons and other authors about the challenges of getting published. He was followed by several author panels, held by genre type. All of the Ardent Writer Press authors in attendance, Joe Connaughton, Charles Farley, Annie Laura Smith and Greg Starnes, participated, providing insights into the background and publication of their own novels and books. The new public library opened in December, 2014.