The Seattle Public Library will host a showcase of authors participating in the Seattle Urban Book Expo (SUBE) from 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Showcase authors will include Zackery 'Shuja De'Peace' Driver, Nyree Ausler, Seattle Escribe's Kenneth Martinez and SUBE's founder J.L. Cheatham II. The authors will be reading and talking about their work. Cheatham will also speak about SUBE and why he founded it.

Ausler is a novelist, born in San Bernardino, California and raised in Seattle. Ausler is a self-published author with her first two releases in the urban fiction genre, "Retribution, What Goes Around" and "Retribution, Comes Around." When she is not writing, she is enjoying her children, husband and family life. Ausler works as a human resources and payroll manager for a local Seattle private school.

Driver is the author of "Number 344317," which details a heretical history of drug addiction, all types of abuse, violence, poverty, incarceration and various discouraging statistics.

Born and raised in Seattle, Cheatham's passion for storytelling was evident from his days as a student at John Muir elementary school, where every written assignment he submitted was in the form of a story or comic. From that point on, he has been a passionate and ardent supporter of all things literary. This passion drove the creation of his first children's book, "The Family Jones and The Eggs of Rex," which nabbed him the honor of being named one of "11 Black Authors You Should Know" by Cheatham followed this up by releasing his second book, "Why is Jane so Mad?" that landed on the list of "Top 29 Pan-African children's books" by In 2016, Cheatham created the Seattle Urban Book Expo.

Seattle Escribe will be featured at SUBE. The organization launched in 2014 with writing workshops offered in Spanish. Authors who collaborate in this group, including Kenneth Martinez, are fierce defenders of the Spanish language and passionate promoters of Hispanic culture. Seattle Escribe's vision is to provide a platform for creative writing in Spanish in and around Seattle.

The Seattle Urban Book Expo 2 is free to attend and will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. SUBE's mission is to be a forum for urban authors in Seattle to showcase their work, connect with fellow writers and introduce their writing to audiences who otherwise might not have been exposed.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis and media sponsor The Seattle Times.