Saturday, September 29, 2018

Local Authors I

Pratt Street was lined yesterday with tables.  Local authors displayed and talked about their books.

Bonnie describes herself as a Pennsylvania farm girl.  She drives a bookmobile for the Hartford Public Library,  Yesterday she helped put on the authors' event.

Okey (pronounced OK) Ndibe came to the USA from Nigeria 30 years ago.  His uncle watched two many western movies and saw cowboys staring hard at each other before opening fire.  So, he advised Okey never to look an American in the eye or they would shoot.  Okey's memento is full of 
gently humorous stories about his life as a Nigerian in America. 

Lisa Samia is an award-winning poet and writer with a strong interest in the Civil War.  She has written a fictionalized account of John Wilkes Booth's escape and capture as well as a book of poetry about the Civil War experience from a variety of ambiguous perspectives.

Che' La'Mora Hardy is one of several authors attending who describes herself as a life coach and writing instructor in addition to poet and author.  The Devil Wears Nikes is about 
recovering from abusive relationships using a six-stage process. 

Marian Lanouette has written a couple of self-published crime mysteries that have done well enough to earn her a four-book deal with a publisher.  Marian is an active member of the Sisters in Crimes community of mystery writers, readers, librarians and booksellers.

Sandra Horning has written a number of children's books,
including a Girls Who Code series.

Jennifer Wilder is a social worker who has written children's books intended to help children and adults talk about difficult topics.  She is holding One Word, a compilation of one word affirmations chosen to provide a blueprint for a fearless heart.  Her daughter, Christina Jackson, is now 11.  
When she was 8, she wrote Look at Me, I Can Write Poetry.


Stefan Jansson said...

Great portraits and info about the authors and their work.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

An interesting selection of portraits, Jack. I'm surprised there's no event like this in Cambridge (UK) as it's teeming with all sorts of writers. I think I might enjoy Okay's stories. I worked with many Nigerians and found them unfailingly humorous despite living in difficult circumstances far from their home and families.

William Kendall said...

Quite a mix of reading material and writers.

Sharon said...

You got to meet a lot of authors! Wonderful.

RedPat said...

We have a similar event here which took place last weekend where authors and publishers are set up outside with lots of readings and good prices on books. Called Word On The Street, it has outgrown the streets and takes place along the Harbourfront. Thousands of people attend which is great!