gathering of local authors took place on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The
following authors talked about thier books:
Wankowicz, author of "The Ulysses Flight"
Clark, author of "Those
Little Bastads" (2002) and "All He Left Behind" (2010)
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”
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
"Vestments" (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
"The Pull of the Earth" (Houghton Mifflin, 1985, Penguin Paperback,
" Bodley Head" 1986 (various foreign translations)
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
At our event in June 2010 the
participating authors were:
from the Chelmsford Senior Center's Writers Group featured in VOICES :
-Dorit D. Lammers
- Francis E. Murphy
-Doris K. Gayzagian
At our event in
April 2008, the participating authors (and their books) were:
Macklin, author of Celebrate Around
the Calendar, graduated from Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union with
degrees in Engineering. He is a collector of facts and figures that are
handy in every day conversation, and he likes to cook. Put them all together
and they spell Celebrate Around The Calendar. Lester
lives in Bedford, Massachusetts with Ellen, his wife of 49 years.
Bernard, author of "Tokyo Underground: Toy and Design Culture
A Dracut resident, Joshua Bernard is the founder of CollectionDX.com,
one of the most popular Toy sites on the web. Raised on a steady diet
of Speed Racer, Force Five and Voltron, Joshua fostered this interest
in Japanese animation and turned it into a lifelong obsession. He has
contributed to magazines such as Super7 and is also involved in all facets
of the toy community. His travels in search of rare and unusual toys brought
him to Tokyo, resulting in the book Tokyo Underground. CollectionDX |
International Toy Culture http://www.collectiondx.com
Mark Rennella, author
of "The Boston Cosmopolitans: International Travel and American Arts
A researcher of cultural and business history in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, Mark Rennella has focused his work on the impact of travel
on U.S. history. He has taught at Harvard University's History and Literature
Program, the Harvard Extension School, and the University of Miami. He
has published articles in Italian Americana, Reviews in American History,
and most recently in the Journal of Social History. He is now contributing
to a study of U.S. aviation, Lords of the Skies: Leadership in the Airline
Industry, 1920-2000. A graduate of Amherst College, the University of
Miami, and Brandeis University, Mark currently lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts
and works as a business researcher at BSG Concours.
Ledger, author of "Leaving this Life with Hospice: Stories
of Wonder and Hope"
Margaret Ledger came to the U.S. in 1968, from England. Over thirty years
she has worked as a technical contributor, a physics instructor and a
middle manager in a computer company. During the last twelve years Margaret
has been involved in hospice as a volunteer, bereavement coordinator and
Michael Ramseur, author
of "The Eye of Danvers"
Michael Ramseur is an artist, writer and social worker now employed as
hte Director of Socal Services at Baldpate Hospital in Georgetown, MA.
He has been working in the area of mental health for 18 years, fifteen
of those on secure psychiatric units. He has exhibited drawings in mumerous
group shows. His work has appeared in several online magazines and in
the 2004 book, Weird U.S. by Mark moran and Mark Sceurman. Ramseur has
produced three flash films titles, Vortex," Palace of Shadows and
Ghost of the Witch Judge" which may be found at his website at http://ramseurdanverstatehosp.com.
His work may be found at www.galleryArtship.com.
Moore, author of "The
Stone House Diaires" and "The Weathermen." "The
Stone House Diaires" is about historic preservation as it traces
the history of Niagara Falls as seen through the eyes of those living
in a stone house close by the falls. Beginning with the War of 1812 -
when a son of Loyalists enlists in the New York militia and takes part
in the disastrous storming of Queenston, Ontario. Forty years later a
tour guide living in the stone house finds the Loyalist's diary and adds
his story; a woman journalist buys the stone house and also adds to the
diary. We see the daredevils and the beginning of industrial development.
We see the city in 1969 through the eyes of a member of a demolition crew
charged with levelling the neighborhood in a misguided urban renewal project.
The diary is found just before the bulldozers arrive.
"The Weathermen" (a self-published title)
Two fugitive Weathermen, Rose Thomas (Thomas Rose before the sex change
operation) and Carl Krajewski, decide to resurface after thirty years
underground to stage one last protest. Their plan is to destroy a to-be-dedicated
statue of General Westmoreland in Washington, DC; that plan fails and
they choose instead to blow up Westmoreland himself at a dinner in Boston.
Despite the nature of these plans, the Weathermen prove, like their comrades
before them, that they were not good planners. The story is told by Peter
Dumont, a history professor at fictional Hawthorne College in Framingham,
who first inspired them to become radicals. They come to him for help
and he ends up helping them for his own selfish reasons. Visit Bob
Moore's website at http://home.comcast.net/~rcmoorejr/
Anne Beecher [email@example.com]
Anne Beecher is author of The Stretching Resource DVD. It is a new and
effective stretching program, ideal for anyone who wants to eliminate
many common muscle and joint pains with intelligent stretching! She provides
an introduction that focuses on safety, muscle diagrams for each and every
stretch, and clear visual guides and instruction. The menu design lets
you tailor the time you spend to your own body's needs.
Anne has a bachelor's
in Communication Disorders and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. She
is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer. Anne has
been seeing clients as the owner of Therapeutic Massage in Chelmsford
Center for 10 years. You can visit www.thestretchingresource.com
for more information.
C. Heney, in concert with four other members of The Write
Group, a writers’ group which she founded, released their
poetry anthology Moments Falling Open, in 2007 (Pear Tree Publishing).
Ms. Heney judged and selected the poems included in the 2007 tribute to
John Greenleaf Whittier and the city of Haverhill, "Voices of Haverhill."
Her poems have appeared in The Writer’s Block and Plumb
Line. Ms. Heney created the “Poetry Wall” in 2006, which
featured over 280 original poems from Massachusetts’ residents in
celebration of National Poetry Month. She has taught poetry at libraries
and public schools. Ms. Heney is the recipient of the 2006 Alliance for
Community Media’s National Award for Instructional Training and
Producer of the Year Award in 2004 from Haverhill Community TV.
Woodman, a co-author of the poetry
anthology Moments Falling Open
Blair Gracie Woodman is one of five women in The Write Group who
recently published her poetry in a book entitled, "Moments Falling
Open." Her poems reflect a variety of interests and experiences.
She and others in the group used a new form called specular poetry in
some of their writing. Blair lived and worked in several states before
moving to Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota
with a degree in Sociology. After twenty-five years of teaching math and
science to students with learning problems in a technical high school,
Blair is now retired. Her poetry has been published in "Dust and
Fire," "Pen and Brush," "The Scenic Range News"
and in the "Haverhill Gazette."