History buffs and fans of a series of books on inland cities, companies and historic sites can meet authors who write about the same subjects Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Redlands.
More than twenty local authors will gather for the store's first Local History Day which will benefit the Redlands Bowl.
"The idea is to highlight the Inland Empire's rich culture and past," said Jill Sweitzer, Community Relations Manager at Barnes and Noble.
The series of books through Arcadia Publishing feature photos and history of inland cites from Rubidoux to Lake Arrowhead and of historical sites such as the Mission Inn and Camp Anza and Arlanza in Riverside.
Steven Shaw of Highland, author of "San Bernardino" and "San Bernardino Fire Department" will be among the attendees.
"I think it's great to show the history of the area and to have all these authors from the different surrounding communities," said Shaw, who is president of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society.
Growing up in San Bernardino Shaw, 56, said he is a fourth generation to live in the area--his great grandfather came to Highland from Maine in 1886.
He said his main interest started in fire department history in San Bernardino and that it later branched out to the city itself lasting for more than 25 years.
"It's kind of neat that they're doing this," said Shaw referring to Barnes and Noble. "They've seen that the Arcadia books are really popular in these times -- with the photo and caption -- you can really learn about the city."
Among the authors expected to attend are John Weeks, author of "Inland Empire," Roger G. Hatheway, author of "Rim Of The World Drive" and "Lake Arrowhead," Rhea-Frances Tetley, author of "Crestline," J.R. Sanders, writer of "Oak Glen and Los Rios Rancho," Kenneth Holtzclaw, author of "Cherry Valley," "Beaumont" and "Banning," "The Harris Company" authors Richard and Robin Hanks, Kim Jarrell Johnson, writer of "Rubidoux" and "Jurupa," and Bob Lehmann and Bob Blanck, co-writers of "San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team."
"(We're) extremely excited to welcome these historians and hope that the public shows their support," Sweitzer said.