Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Author Line-Up for 10-22-19

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

News, Expo's Book Signings, Lively Litrati, Poetry, Publishing Questions and Author Interviews.

Fell free to E-Mail the show live at waynewnri@yahoo.com

Today Author J. R. Greene will talk about his 21 books, steam trains, Lost towns of the Quabbin Reservoir
Author, Historian, J.R Greene and Myself

Damont Coombs, Orange Live !
and his favorite President (Silent} Calvin Cooledge

Monday, October 14, 2019

Autumnfest Woonsocket Day II and Day III, 2019

Posted by Wayne G. Barber and Photos by Wayne G. Barber

Day one was cold and day two and three warmed up to the 70's and no cold breeze.














Saturday, October 12, 2019

Autumnfest Woonsocket 2019

Posted by Wayne G. Barber & Photos by Wayne G. Barber

48 to 52 degrees and cloudy, windy but NO rain on , Sunday & Monday sunny report to follow.
Best Costume again in 2019 !

Author D'Anne Olsen Phd. table was neat !


RI State Representative Woonsocket's Bob Philips helped us in our quest for Tax Exemption Bill. Thank You, Bob for all you do for the population in the Arts !

Angell and Edward Cooper joined the ARIA team !

Author D'Anne Olsen and Russ and Donna Chevalier discussing the days event.



Author Emily Talman

American Beauty Signs , Oscar Hancock and his right hand designer, Desiree can design one of these great pull-up signs for your sales event too !

Radio host of the Authors Hour W. Gauvin Barber had brisk sales and free handshakes too !

Russ Chevalier closing another large sale by bundling

Author Lucy Cote Contente and her husband loved the Autumnfest !


Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli Hunt endorses the ARIA ,Association of Rhode Island Authors too !



This Woonsocket City Council president  Dan Gendron filled his holiday shopping list by shopping local and supports the arts and married a real great Mapleville girl too !

Author Coral Standing was in costume and bought a blanket to keep warm !

Monday, October 7, 2019

Author Line-Up for 10-8-19

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

News Releases, Marketing, Poetry, Publishing Questions, Author Interviews too !

E-Mail the show live at waynewnri@yahoo.com

Today at 9:05 am will be author Shawn P. Flynn, discussing The Kitty !

Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner
Best Book Awards Finalist
International Book Awards Finalist
Shawn Flynn and his fiancée are excited to start their new life together. They are planning a wedding and have bought a new home. The last thing the two of them need right now is a new cat.
But their recently purchased house seems to come complete with a stray orange feline—a cat with a vibrant personality and a talent for mousing. So Shawn soon finds himself with a regular companion. Little does he realize that this cat will shortly become more important to him than he can possibly imagine.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

'The Shape of Night' invokes classic gothic suspense

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

In “The Shape of Night” by Tess Gerritsen, a writer named Ava Collette attempts to escape a tragic event in Boston by fleeing to a remote area of Maine where she rents an isolated mansion that overlooks the coast. It’s a chance for her to forget and focus on finishing her next cookbook. The mansion, Brodie’s Watch, has a history, but rumors of a dark past and it being haunted don’t deter her from moving in. Then one night she sees a glimpse of someone who looks suspiciously like Capt. Jeremiah Brodie, the sea captain who owned the house over 100 years ago. Is it her imagination or is the mansion truly haunted?
The more she starts to question if she saw a ghost or not, she learns that previous women who have lived in the house have died under mysterious circumstances. Then Capt. Brodie begins to visit her in the bedroom and they begin a relationship that is built primarily on lust. She wakes up the next morning after an escapade with her ghost lover and discovers bruises and scratches. If it all was a dream, then why would she have physical proof that she had been with someone during the night?
Gerritsen creates an atmospheric scene with the mansion and the Maine coastline, and readers will almost feel the breeze and hear the waves crashing against the rocks. The main story of Ava, who may — or may not — be descending into madness, is compelling, and a clever twist or two steers the narrative in unexpected ways. It’s a bit graphic in the sex scenes a few times, but that is a minor nitpick in what is another winner for Gerritsen.
Source: Jeff Ayers Associated Press Review

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

ACLU of RI Resolves First Amendment Lawsuit Over State’s Discrimination Against Non-Fiction Authors

Posted by Wayne G. Barber & Photo Wayne G. Barber Library

The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the favorable resolution of a lawsuit it filed in May, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applied only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction was not considered “creative and original.” The lawsuit argued that making such a distinction on the content of the work violated the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The ACLU dismissed the case today after confirming that the authors who applied for exemptions since the suit was filed have had them granted by the Division.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and three Rhode Island non-fiction writers who had previously been advised by state officials of their ineligibility for the tax exemption. Last year, for example, Lucie Contente, one of the plaintiffs, applied for an exemption for a fiction book and two non-fiction books she had written, but received a certificate for only her work of fiction.

The law at issue, enacted by the General Assembly in 2013, is designed to promote the work of local writers and artists. It exempts from the sales tax “original and creative works” sold by writers, composers, and artists residing in Rhode Island. At some point, however, the Taxation Division and the RI State Council on the Arts advised ARIA members that non-fiction books were not “original and creative works,” and therefore not eligible for the tax exemption.
The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the favorable resolution of a lawsuit it filed in May, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applied only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction was not considered “creative and original.” The lawsuit argued that making such a distinction on the content of the work violated the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The ACLU dismissed the case today after confirming that the authors who applied for exemptions since the suit was filed have had them granted by the Division.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and three Rhode Island non-fiction writers who had previously been advised by state officials of their ineligibility for the tax exemption. Last year, for example, Lucie Contente, one of the plaintiffs, applied for an exemption for a fiction book and two non-fiction books she had written, but received a certificate for only her work of fiction.

The law at issue, enacted by the General Assembly in 2013, is designed to promote the work of local writers and artists. It exempts from the sales tax “original and creative works” sold by writers, composers, and artists residing in Rhode Island. At some point, however, the Taxation Division and the RI State Council on the Arts advised ARIA members that non-fiction books were not “original and creative works,” and therefore not eligible for the tax exemption.
Additional information about the lawsuit, ARIA v. Savage, can be found here.
Source: ACLU Media Press Release