Local Authors Event: Book Signing and Holiday Sale

6624 Plank Road, Batesville, VA 22924

(434) 823-2001

  • Presented By: The Batesville Market
  • Dates: November 16, 2019
  • Location: Batesville Market
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free


The Batesville Market is having a local authors event & book signing! We'll have Fred Shackelford, Janet Martin, and Alden Bigelow on hand to read from their books, sign copies, and chat. Join us in supporting local authors, and purchase a thoughtful holiday gift while you're here! Readings will begin at 1 pm.

Fred Shackelford is an attorney who lives in Albemarle County on farmland that his great-great-grandfather purchased in 1817. Before writing his début novel The Ticket, he published Judges Say the Darndest Things, a collection of humorous excerpts from legal opinions. Fred is a graduate of the University of Virginia. The Ticket won honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Award and was finalist for both the Clue Award and the Mystery & Mayhem Award from Chanticleer Book Reviews.

Janet Martin inhabits a world of words, pictures, and music with experience as an award-winning television producer and reporter, a newspaper and magazine writers, as a college teacher, and a media relations director. The mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband and assorted four-footed animals on a hilltop farm in Central Virginia. Her book, The Christmas Swap, was published in 2018 and received glowing reviews, including from Former First Lady Laura Bush.

Alden Bigelow is a native of Charlottesville, a writer and retired Advertising Executive. He moved to New York City in the 70s to work for an Advertising Agency, Ogilvy and Mather, and later returned to Charlottesville to start his own agency which he ran for over 30 years. Bigelow wrote Killing Time in a Small Southern Town as historical fiction about the tumultuous times of early Integration in Charlottesville. He also wrote Norton’s Lament, a novel about a young man with psychological issues coming of age in an unknowing and unsympathetic world. A third book, Growing Up with Jemima, is the whimsical true story of a boy growing up with his dog in the 1950s in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. Bigelow has just completed The Great American Mammal Jamboree, a fable, which deals with animal rights and the fight against animal abuse.