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Elizabeth Meade Howard

Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well won 2019 International Book Awards for health 50+ book Associated website

Susan Johnston Taylor

Susan Johnston Taylor wrote a children's book for educational publisher Teacher Created Materials. Ride Across Time is a level reader in graphic novel format about a fourth-grader who travels back in time to meet colonial-era teen hero Sybil Ludington. It will be available from Teacher Created Materials and Amazon.com starting in October. Associated website

Arthur Sharp

My 18th book, the 389-page Brothers in Baseball: The History of "Family" Relationships in Major League Baseball, was released in July 2019 by History Publishing LLC. It traces the history of brothers, fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, in-laws, umpires/players, two (or more) professional sports stars...in major league baseball since its inception. Yeah, the definition of brothers has been extended a bit. The book comprises hundreds of anecdotes about the "brothers" included. Actually, it is an encyclopedia--but it's a lot more fun to read since the significance of the "brothers'" contributions to baseball history are far out of proportion to those made by their far more numerous counterparts.

Eleanor Foa Dienstag

In November, Centro Primo Levi will publish my memoir: Mixed Messages: Reflections on an Italian Jewish Family and Exile, available through Amazon. Mixed Messages is the history of one remarkable family -- my father's family -- whose successes and tragedies mirror the rise and fall of Italian Jewish life from the mid-1500s to the present. It's also the story of my parents' flight from Fascism and my journey to resolve the generational conflicts between us. With my sister, I retrace the footsteps of my ancestors through northern Italy and discover the remarkable story of I Fratelli Foa, the publishing house that flourished in the mid-1500s in Sabbioneta, a walled city with a unique history whose citizens continue to honor my ancestors. We also reconnect with living relatives in Turin, Naples and Rome, sharing family meals, family myths and family secrets along the way.This is my second memoir. Associated website

Fiona Young-Brown

I am pleased to announce the August 2019 publication of Dilemmas in Democracy: Fake News and Propaganda, a guide for middle-schoolers. Since the 2016 presidential election, the term "fake news" has entered the cultural lexicon. People of all ages find it difficult to separate reliable sources from misinformation. Similarly, it can be difficult to discern unbiased journalism from propaganda. This must-have resource looks at the rise of misinformation and the ease with which it now spreads. Through examples from the United States and democracies around the world, this book encourages readers to question the balance between constitutional rights and irreparable damage to democracy. Associated website

Jan Yager Jan Yager

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK published on June 1 by Square One Publishers to rave reviews! "One should usually proceed with caution and a dose of skepticism before accepting authors’ assertions that their book offers readers everything. But that is clearly not the case here. Publishing expert, prolific author (e.g., Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing; Career Opportunities in the Publishing World), and Hannacroix Creek Books founder Yager has produced this compendium that covers in detail every major step for would-be writers to follow on their path to publishing . . . Yager provides helpful tips for the novice to avoid being taken advantage of by the many publishing services out there and gives what she calls the 'normal range' of fees to expect . . . With self-publishing an increasingly common option for writers today, it would be hard to imagine a more useful and easy-to-follow guide than this comprehensive volume. Highly recommended to everyone hoping to self-publish a book that won’t look self-published." (Edward B. Cone, New York Library Journal (starred review)) Associated website

Susan Sparks

Rev. Susan Sparks recently released her second book, Preaching Punchlines. Endorsed by comedian Lewis Black and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the book shares "Ten Commandments" of how humor can elevate communication - written and spoken. Associated website

Meryl Davids Landau

Meryl Davids Landau's latest novel, WARRIOR WON, was published in May. It's a standalone follow up to her prior novel Downward Dog, Upward Fog. Both feature the main character trying to keep her inner peace by using yoga, mindfulness, and other eclectic spiritual tools when life gets challenging, Foreword Reviews calls it "both compelling and fun," while Midwest Book Review says it's "one of the strongest spiritual women's fiction pieces to appear in recent years." Associated website

Andrea Warren

Andrea Warren was recently featured in Publisher's Weekly discussing her newest nonfiction book for young readers, Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II (Holiday House), published April 30. Her book follows Mineta on his journey from shame and incarceration to a career as a distinguished American statesman. The book is a Junior Literary Guild selection and received starred reviews from The Horn Book and School Library Journal. Associated website

Nancy Grant

Nancy Grant launched her newest book, Binge Birding: Twenty Days with Binoculars, during The Biggest Week in American Birding festival on the shores of Lake Erie in early May. The book takes readers along on a nearly 4,000 mile solo road trip from the Ohio River Valley to the Texas Gulf Coast to look for birds during spring migration. Combining quirky travel anecdotes with in-depth natural history insights, the book’s lyrical descriptions of more than 150 species of birds in varied habitats offer readers fresh insights and ideas for birdwatching fun anywhere, anytime. Available online at Amazon. Associated website

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson