SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Sherman Public Library and the Sherman Independent School District began their 34th annual Authorfest at district middle schools on Wednesday. 

Each year, an author visits schools to give talks and sign books. The event brings in authors from a variety of backgrounds.

"They see those big-name authors who don't look anything like them, and so they might think that those are the stories that are worth telling, but everybody has stories worth telling," said Melissa Eason, service administrator for the Sherman Public Library.

This year, Sherman middle schoolers met Pablo Cartaya, an award-winning children's author.

Cartaya talked about his cultural background and how it inspires his work. He encouraged students to be proud of their heritage instead of trying to fit in.

"They can be whatever they want to be, and not feel like they need to be placed into any little box that society is constantly trying to put them into," Cartaya said.

The Sherman Library will hold another book-signing open to the public at 6 o'clock Thursday evening.