A Gathering of Local Authors at the Library
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Meet local writers at this unique library program.

Enjoy light refreshments and purchase signed copies of books. Authors will present brief descriptions of their books will be available at the end of the program to sign copies of their books if you'd like to purchase them.
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Authors who will be attending this event include Dale Phillips, Sallie Felton, Betsy Draine, Stephen O'Connor, Lori Grant and Susan Hudson Squires. See authors' bios below.


Dale Phillips
Dale studied writing with Stephen King, has published novels, short stories and collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book. He's appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. He competed on the televised quiz shows Jeopardy and Think Twice. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. He's traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and throughout Europe. Dale has worked for over twenty years as a Technical Writer, translating the work of software developers into clear instructions for using computer software. Before that, he held a number of colorful and interesting jobs, from holiday Santa to bartender.Dale has competed as a tournament chess player and fencer, and enjoys golf, racquet sports, cross-country skiing, a historical re-enactment group, and the martial arts. More information can be found on his website: www.daletphillips.com

Books by Dale: from The Zack Taylor Mystery Series: "A Memory of Grief" and "A Fall From Grace."
Story Collections: "Jumble Sale," "Strange Tales," "Halls of Horror," "Fables and Fantasies," "Crooked Paths" and "Apocalypse Tango" (due out this month)
Dale also wrote a non-fiction career help book entitled
, "How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills."

Sallie Felton
Sallie Felton, President of Sallie Felton LLC is a life coach, international radio talk show host, author, facilitator, international speaker and former hypnotherapist and deep imagery therapist. She was formally trained with Mentor Coach LLC and certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation. Drawing on all types of counseling and acting as a partner and cheerleader, it is her passion to help individuals who are either in a transition or trying to seek order and balance in their lives. Even those who are totally disorganized…mentally, physically or emotionally! Her unique approach, which is equal parts honesty, playfulness and genuine compassion, is what’s earned Sallie accolades from clients, colleagues and radio show guests alike. As she says, “this is a process so let’s start where you stand, right now, right here. What do you want, how will you achieve it and when are you going to start?”
Sallie excels in facilitating interactive workshops, such as for The American Heart Association, Mary Kay, hospital groups, corporations, associations and professional and non-profit organizations.
Sallie’s radio 2 shows, “A Fresh Start” (empowering oneself) and “Light At the End of The Tunnel” (dealing with depression) leave no stones unturned. Asking powerful questions of her world renown guests and giving her over 350,000 subscribers, tip, tools and “aha” moments to aid them in their own self discovery is one of her greatest strengths. Heard throughout 140 countries, it is broadcast live in Seattle, WA on 106.9FM Channel HD 3, on ContactTalkRadio.com and on the WebTalkRadio.net as well as through the World Wide Web. Co-author of the Ebook/Workbook, Clutter Free and Clear: How To Take Charge of Your Time and Space and co-authored The Small Business Owner’s Assessment Tool. She also is co-author of several books including Stepping Stones to Success (2010) with Deepak Chopra and GPS for Success (2011) with Stephen R. Covey. Her most recent Ebook, Start Where You Stand, Finding Your True North in the Life/Work Balance (2010) is a “how-to-workbook” on finding one’s inner and outer balance in the game of life. Though she says her upcoming book, If I’m So Smart Why Can’t I Get Rid of This Clutter shares her own private stories of her wins and struggles dealing with the 3 types of clutter we all have. As she said, “I put myself out there; I wore my heart on my sleeve. It doesn’t get more honest than this.”
She and her husband, Conway, live north of Boston, Massachusetts with their mischievous Alaskan malamute, Kodi. They have three adventurous grown children.

Stephen O'Connor

Stephen O'Connor is a Lowell writer whose short stories have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Houston Review, Watchword, The Oregon Review,Three Candles and elsewhere. His essays were a regular feature of WUML's Lowell Sunrise program, and have also appeared in Irish America, Merrimack Valley Magazine, Fiddler and ESL Magazine. In 2010, a collection of his short stores, "Smokestack Lightning," was published by Loom Press. The following year, The Sons of Liberty Press published his debut novel, a literary spy thriller called "The Spy in the City of Books." Many of the stories in "Smokestack Lightning" are set in Lowell, though some are set in Ireland, where O'Connor went to school, or France, where he worked, or among the offshore fishermen, where he was mostly sea-sick. "The Spy in the City of Books" is set in Lowell and in WWII France, and is based in part on conversations with the late Edwin Poitras, an OSS agent who parachuted into occupied France to serve as a spy and liaison between London and the French Forces of the Interior.

Betsy Draine

Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden, both Emeritus Professors of English and former administrators at University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-wrote the mystery Murder in Lascaux (2011), set in southwest France, and A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France (2002), both from University of Wisconsin Press. They also translated and edited The Walnut Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 1998). These works were inspired by their 20 summers in the Dordogne, a river valley inland from Bordeaux, France.

Betsy (formerly Mary) Draine is an alumna of Chelmsford High School (1963), Mount Holyoke College (1967), and Temple University (Ph.D. 1976). After teaching two years at Haverford College, she came to University of Wisconsin-Madison’s English Department with an interest in women novelists and affiliated with the Women’s Studies Program, which she later chaired. Her academic writing focused on Doris Lessing and other recent British writers, and for 20 years she served as Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Literature. She won the 1990 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2002 Phi Beta Kappa teaching award. From 1992 to 1999 she served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW-Madison--acting as ombuds for women faculty and staff and as the Vice Chancellor’s liaison to faculty and staff governance, as well as libraries, student advising, and human resources. From 2002 to 2005, she served as Associate Chair of the English Department. In 2005-06, she worked jointly with Michael in London to encourage collaborative research and teaching between UW-Madison and universities in the U.K. and the Netherlands. In 2005, she retired from the university in order to write and travel. She and Michael are hard at work on a sequel to Murder in Lascaux, which will feature the characters Nora and Toby in their home in Bodega Bay, California.

Lori Grant

Lori Grant is the author of "The Globetrotting Adventures of Larry The Lizard: Larry in The Amazon," a children´s photo book for ages 4-8. Lori's book features photographs of Larry the Lizard as he romps in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Larry meets piranhas, monkeys, a tapir, the Yagua Indians and much more. Larry is a plastic lizard who, says Lori, believes in living life to the fullest. She explains that Larry loves to explore new places, meet new people and learn new things, from his own backyard to the wonders of the world. Larry spreads laughter and joy everywhere he goes, says Lori and encourages children of all ages to explore and share their world.

Husband and wife team Andy and Lori Grant of Littleton, MA have been traveling the world with Larry The Lizard since 1999. It was on safari in Kenya when they first began taking photos of Larry on his adventures. According to Lori, "Larry the globetrotting lizard has proven to be an international ice breaker who speaks the universal language of fun."

Andy and Lori have taken photos of Larry in over 14 countries. Over the years the Grant’s saw how children’s faces lit up around Larry. They knew there was something special about Larry. Somewhere in between Larry being chased through the streets of Katmandu by children, and seeing excited Indians in the Amazon try to hit him with blow darts, they realized Larry the Lizard could serve as an entertaining and educational icon.

"The Globetrotting Adventures of Larry The Lizard: Larry in The Amazon" is the first in a series of Larry’s adventures. Andy and Lori believe that teaching children to explore and share the world, from their own backyard to faraway countries, will have everlasting positive effects for everyone.

Andy and Lori Grant live in Littleton, MA with their rescue pets, Homer a "zen master of a hound" and Marge an adventurous, curious kitten.
Read all about Larry's adventures at www.larrythelizard.com


Susan Squires

Susan Squires was born in Montreal Canada and moved to Westford MA in 1962. She attended Westford schools and is a 1969 graduate of Westford Academy. After her three children were all in school Susan decided to attend nursing school. She graduated from N.H. Tech. College in Concord, the class of 1990. After twenty-five years as a nurse, Susan is now retired and lives on the Gulf coast of Florida. Her book, "Where Has My Mother Gone" is the true story of one family. It describes the heartbreaking ordeal of living with Alzheimer's and touches upon drug addiction. Susan writes for the Examiner.com as an animal advocate and brings to light the needless killing of dog's and cat's in our nation's animal shelters. She spends most of the summer in Westford. Susan's mother died a few weeks before the book was released in April of 2011.


Previous events:
Our sixth gathering of local authors took place on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The following authors talked about thier books:

Paul Wankowicz, author of "The Ulysses Flight"

Christopher Clark, author of "Those Little Bastads" (2002) and "All He Left Behind" (2010)

Richard L. Rotelli, author of the biography, "Let Me Be a Light: The Faith Journey of Father Ron Lawson" and “A Creative Odyssey : the Story of Floyd and Richie”

Alfred Alcorn author of a series of mystery novels:
"The Counterfeit Murder in the Museum of Man" (Steerforth Press and Zoland Books, 2010)
"The Love Potion Murders in the Museum of Man" (Steerforth Press and Zoland Books, 2009 -serialized on Salon.com, 2001)
"Natural Selection" (Colrain Press, 2008)
"The Long Run of Myles Mayberry" (Zoland Books, 1999)
"Murder in the Museum of Man" (Zoland Books, 1997; paperback 1998)
"Vestments" (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
"The Pull of the Earth" (Houghton Mifflin, 1985, Penguin Paperback, 1986),
" Bodley Head" 1986 (various foreign translations)

Esther MacDonald, author of the children's book, "Waiting and Wading: the Adventures of Macy the Black Dog”

If you are a local author who would like to participate in a future local authors program please contact the Library's Community Services Dept. at 978-256-5521, ext. 109, or email kcryanhic@mvlc.org.

Click here to read about authors at past local author events