CTBW LOCAL AUTHOR’S DAY – MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
10:00 AM TO 8:00 PM
BOSLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Note: Check times for author appearances
Sherry Knowlton (10am – 2pm) is the award-winning author of the Alexa Williamssuspense novels, Dead of Autumn, Dead of Summer and Dead of Spring.
Retired from executive positions in state government and the health insur- ance industry, Sherry runs her own health care consulting business and travels around the globe.
Sherry lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania, where the Alexa Williams suspense series is set. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters.
Sherry and her work have been featured on Good Day PA, WITF (PBS)Smart Talk, The Big Thrill, and The New York Times featured Sherry www.sherryknowlton.com Sherry will be reading from her book at 10:00 am.
Craig Jurgensen (10am – 2pm)contends that lots of his time as a physician over forty years involved writing – mainly medical biographies. After retirement in 2008, he widened his scope of literary interest and took up book writing – six of them to date.
In 2010 he published Tempo di Marcia (history of CPYB). In 2012 he wrote 20/twenty – the Neurology of Blindness. In 2013 he wrote Rounds with Jim (biography of Parkinson’s disease). Most recently, he published Citizens of Brotherly Love, which details the relationship between Benjamin Rush and Absalom Jones, the first African American priest of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Jurgensen will be “in character” during Local Author’s Day, October 22.
Craig will be reading from his book at 10:30 am.
Jody West (2 pm – 8 pm)
J.M. West taught composition and literature for forty years. She is Pro- fessor Emerita of English Studies at HACC in Gettysburg and former adjunct at Shippensburg University and Messiah College. She and her husband live near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two sons, two grandsons and a Border collie mix. In her spare time, West volunteers at The Bookery – Bosler Memorial Library’s used bookstore, participates in the Litwits book group and Writing Critique Five, and reads voraciously.
West’s first book, a rite of passage novel called Glory in the Flower, depicts four coeds who meet during the turbulent sixties. In Glory, she introduces two teenagers who resurface as adults in Dying for Vengeance.
To learn more about current books and future releases from J.M West, please follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CarlisleCrimeCases Jody will be reading from her book at 3:30 pm.
Robert Walton (10 am – 8pm) grew up in the small village of Narberth along the main line of Philadelphia.
Bob is the creator and owner – retired – of the award winning Bob’s Bagels in Lemoyne Pennsylvania.
He writes in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and daughter, and grand-dog. Wish to Die is his third Harry Thursday novel which explores the lost Russian Amber Room, and delves into stolen Nazi art. His next project will probably follow a sixth century priest returning from Rome to his English estate in Mercia, only to be swept into a journey far into the unknown lands of the frozen north, in a pre-Viking adventure. Robert will be reading from his book at 11:15 am.
Joseph David Cress (2 pm – 8 pm) is an award-winning journalist with over 25 years of full-time newspaper experience. Since November 1998, he has worked as a staff reporter with The Sentinel in Carlisle. A Lebanon County native, Cress is the author of five books: Remembering Carlisle: Tales from the Cumberland Valley, Murder & Mayhem in Cumberland County, Murder & Mayhem in York County, Wicked Carlisle: The Dark Side of the Cumberland Valley and Hidden History of Cumberland County. He lives in Spring Garden Township, York County, with his wife Stacey, dogs Rosco and B’Elanna and cats Boone and Jinx.
Joe will read from his book at 3:00 pm.
DON HELIN (10am – 2pm)
During his time in the military, Don Helin served at a number of stateside posts as well as overseas in Vietnam and Germany. He is the author of five thrillers that draw from his military experience, including three tours in the Pentagon. He writers for TheBurg, a community magazine based in Harrisburg.
His novel, Secret Assault, was selected as the Best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards.
Don is a member of International Thriller Writers, Military Writers Society of America, Pennwriters, a statewide writers group in Pennsylvania, and is a mentor with the Mystery Writers of America. You can reach Don at: www.donhelin.com
Don will read from his book at 10:15 am.
Dennis Royer (10 am – 2 pm) has enjoyed a lengthy career in information technology as a programmer and network administrator. He began writing novels in 2000 as an artistic release from the unforgiving logic of bits and bytes. As a resident of rural Perry County, Pennsylvania, Dennis derives inspiration from his bucolic surroundings. His Perry County novels center on the rural lifestyle issues and include mountain lions, rustic old inns, Native American culture, and buried treasure!
As a fan of speculative fiction, Dennis has written the popular, post-apocalyptic saga, Earthburst (2012).
His young-adult series, The Story of Sing, details the account of a young man who rises from impoverished circumstances to become a bodyguard to entertainment celebrities and includes: Fast Enough (2014), Smart Enough (2015), Tough Enough (2016), and concludes with Brave Enough (2017).
By popular demand, Dennis is writing a second set of Perry County novels with the release of Flash Friends (2017). Dennis will read from his book at 10:45 am.
Michelle Andrea Williams (2 pm – 8pm), MBA, is an industry news writer for a healthcare analytics company and the Central PA Chapter Leader of the Non-Fiction Authors Association. Michelle is the co-founder of MBS4God International, Inc., a non-profit organization helping the poor and underserved around the world by supporting self-sustaining projects and continues to volunteer as an officer on the Board of Directors.
She wrote and published her first book, “Finding My Damascus” in July 2017 and released her first workbook, “Wound-Proofing Our Writing Practice” in summer 2018. She is a member of the National Small Group Leaders Network and leads small group classes in Central PA. Her upcoming workbook, “Tending The Beloved – Healing Wounds Into Scars” will be released in late 2018. Her blog, michelleandreawilliams.com, offers deeper insights into her spiritual and medical journey living with chronic illness, and other tidbits along the way. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, Greg.
Max Harrick Shenk (10 am – 8 pm) was born and raised in Carlisle, PA, and earned his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. His stories, set in the fictitious town of Quaker Valley, PA (“Like Gettysburg,” says one of the characters, “except nothing happened here”), feature a core group of characters in a continuous timeline spanning from their childhood in the 1960s to the present.
This includes a sequence of three novels (MEETING MARGO, YOU DON’T THINK SHE IS and MEETING DENNIS WILSON), a short story collection (WHAT’S WITH HER?), a satirical book of children’s book reviews (EVA KELLY’S BOOK OF BOOK REVIEWS), and several short works.
He is currently drafting two new novels while continuing his characters’ storyline into the present via multiple Facebook pages, through which the characters interact with each otherand with readers.
Max currently spends his winters in Stowe, Vermont, where he is the night manager at a ski dorm. Previously, he worked as a children’s librarian at Bosler. Max will read from his book at 11:00 am.
Phyllis Oreyno (10 am – 2 pm)
I am a young (75 year old) grandmother who has been a “wanna be” writer for as long as I can remember. I earned a BA degree in Fine Arts and a MA in Organizational Development and Behavior. Over the course of my professional career I worked as a Paralegal and as a Mortgage Banker, holding various positions, most of which required a great deal of writing.
I wrote “My Cat is a Hat” decades ago, and was delighted when my granddaughter, Melanie, then 10 years old, agreed to create drawings for the story. With Melanie acting as the conceptual artist for the final illustrations created by Chad Bruce, my book was born! Phyllis will read from her book at 11:30 am.
Pat LaMarche (2 pm – 8 pm)
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, educated at Boston College and the University of Amsterdam, Pat LaMarche now lives in central Pennsylvania. Pat spent decades as a broadcaster turned homeless advocate. After years of reporting on poverty around the globe and here at home, Pat went to work with the nation’s most forgotten and least understood.
Pat dabbled in broad spectrum social change, culminating in a 2004 run for Vice President of the United States. Pat is now self employed, writing books, donating her time to the foundation she and her husband started to support Writers, Artists and Musicians (WAM!) and playing with her grandchildren. Pat will read from her work at 3:15 pm.
Pat’s non-fiction titles include, Daddy, What’s the Middle Class and Left Out in America, the State of Homelessness in the United States. Her first Novel, The Magic Diary, is due out this spring.