Suzanna Burke, Monica Marier and Diane Nelson
THE WORD COUNT
Speaking of 'reading', the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group [GLVWG] sponsers a program called "Dark and Stormy Nights" which brings entertaining readings to varied audiences in eastern Pennsylvania. We had our inaugural program on Dec. 11 at the Emmaus Public Library, held in conjunction with the Shops of Emmaus Holiday Event. Eight authors read poetry, memoirs, non-fiction and fiction to an appreciative audience. John Evans did an amazing job putting the program together, and an even more amazing job as our 'MC' for the afternoon.
The participating authors included:
1. Jeffrey Allen
2. Elizabeth Bodien
3. Tammy Burke
4. Kathryn Craft
5. Sally Lukenbach
6. Roman Mac
7. Diane Nelson
8. Dianna Sinovic
Kevin Pfoertsch provided videographer services for the event.
Earlier that afternoon, I did a book signing at The Basket Gypsy. Two groups of youngsters - a Brownie Troop and a Middle School Chorale - sang Xmas carols in the store, much to our delight.
One young girl asked me, "How do you get ideas for your books?"
I leaned in, sharing a secret, and allowed as to how I rent these apartments in my head, and occasionally I like to visit with my tenants so I knock on the door and ... surprise! A stranger answers the door! My tenants sublet to these odd, interesting people who invite me in for coffee and can't wait to tell me wonderful stories. All I have to do is write them down."
Eye rolls and snickers, followed by "You'd get along with our English teacher" who is giggling off to my right. We do a mutual wink, knowing 'tis true, all of it.
A lovely day with lovely people. It really doesn't get any better than that.