BY DENNIS SHAUGHNESSEY , valley dispatch staff

PELHAM — Have somebody on your holiday gift list that is difficult to shop for? The Pelham Public Library has a solution. Get a one-of-a-kind personalized gift while supporting the local literary scene by purchasing a book signed by the author.

Five local authors will be on hand at the Pelham Public Library on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with copies of their books for sale and pens poised to inscribe them. The authors will discuss their books and how they came to be published.

Michaeline Della Fera’s debut novel, Trading Faces, is a “cozy mystery.” Her second book, Friends, Stories of Friendship, celebrates long-term friendships.

A former educator and administrator in public and private schools, Della Fera has been writing since childhood. She lives in Hollis and teaches in the Free To Write Workshops that were offered at the Pelham Public Library earlier in the year. You can learn more about Michaeline Della Fera by visiting her Web site:

Yvonne Dunetz, also from Hollis, is the author of a nonfiction self-help book, Until Death Do Us Part: A Letter to Our Loved Ones, which deals with the topic of bereavement. She wrote the book, not only as a means to provide comfort, peace and healing, but also as a tool for therapeutic intervention to be used by therapists, healers, counselors and clergy.

Marty Young Stratton lives in Goffstown. She has published two works of historical fiction for young adults. Angel on the Great Medicine Trail, and a sequel, Her Father’s Laugh, tell the story of the Harrington family of Boston and their westward journey on the Oregon Trail in 1851. When she’s not writing, Stratton plays on a women’s hockey team and trains horses in dressage.

Jeannette Johnson is the author of the children’s book, Against All Odds; The Story of the Miraculous Gift of Life, a heartwarming tale inspired by the true account of a handicapped kitten left at an animal clinic to be euthanized. Johnson’s account is personal in nature as she was one of the women who cared for the kitten in this book. Learn more about Johnson and this story at her Web site:

Pelham’s own Melanie Calitri Holden is the author of The Ultimate Wish Book for Grown-ups: How to Use the Magic of Santa to Create Your Dreams. Her book shows grownups that magic is real and if it can work for a child, it can work for you. Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Anthony D’Agostino, every page sparkles like a jewel and is a perfect decoration for your coffee table.

As a practicing physical therapist, Calitri-Holden has witnessed profound healing in adults who were told by their doctors there was nothing they could do for them.

Calitri-Holden will donate $5 from the sale of each book to the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund. Learn more about Melanie at her Web site:

For more information about this event call the Pelham Public Library at 603-635-7581.