Although their entire store isn’t much bigger than the amount of space allotted to fancy chocolates at the supersize Barnes & Noble, the quartet of owners at River Road Books have regularly bested the big boys at their own author-appearance game — offering up a mix of national figures and intriguing local authors, many of whom we’ve profiled in the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit.

It’s a policy that’s helped the intimately-scaled indie store strengthen its brand in a world of steamrolling stripmall superstores and virtual-volume vultures. And it’s back in full force this Thursday, as POZ Magazine editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann (above) visits Fair Haven for a signing and discussion of her memoir I Have Something to Tell You — a chronicle of how a young woman who “had it all” concealed from the world the fact that she also had HIV.

The author action continues on Saturday with Little Silver’s own picture-book creator and self-styled “phoDOGrapher” Kim Levin stopping in to promote her new book DogPlay. After that, the River Road crew presents a pleasantly surprising, long-awaited homecoming by someone who’s been out of the public eye for far too long — but rather than spoil the surprise, why not just take it over to Red Bank oRBit, where this late-winter’s week continues to come on like a literary lion!