Monday, May 28, 2018

Author Line-Up for 5-29-18

Posted by Wayne G. Barber  

News, Book Signings, Poetry, Publishing Questions, Expo's and Author Interviews too !

Tentatively Scheduled for 9 :05 am will be Author Bob Sherman with his book, " Border Crimes " and other Stories.
Border Crimes is a book of twelve stories that take you back in time to West Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Rhode Island between the years of 1947 and 2003, where justice prevailed at its own pace. Best read with a sense of humor, a poker player revenges the death of a friend with a good hand; a wife frees herself from an abusive husband by visiting Florida; a woman talks to the dead in her Living room while her husband remains in the basement; the wife of a mafia boss learns that being kidnapped has its advantages; a private detective must decide what to do with a man who is indestructible; a young man’s belief in Karma lands him in prison; a road trip to Canada is not what it seems; and a man learns that befriending a woman with a jealous ex-husband, can turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 27, 1907: Birth of author, Rachel Carson

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries,[2] and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award,[3] recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.
Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.”

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What I am reading now....

Posted By Wayne G. Barber

Among the salt flats and the interior forests overgrown with bull brier, the opulent homes and the little shacks, somewhere a killer has been at work for nearly forty-two years. The locals all know; when the hurricanes begin, so do the murders. In Narragansett Bay off the coast of Rhode Island lies an island called Prudence, sparsely populated and accessible only by boat. What no one knows is that George Caswell, the local eccentric, is exacting his vengeance on this blithe community for the deaths of his family. When the body of a woman washes ashore after another violent storm, Brad Wheeler, the island's only lawman, must uncover the secrets of Prudence and match wits with an unknown foe - but is a human responsible, or something more sinister?
Mike LeBonte is house-sitting while his sister and her new husband go on their honeymoon. What could happen in two weeks?

First, his cousin Becky calls him saying she’s being followed. It could be the Mafia. Or it could be the church she’s trying to separate from.

Then his boyfriend tells Mike his ex is coming to visit. Then Mike meets his parole officer — a Knight of the Rosicrucians, the very people who put him in prison.

With all this stress, it’s no wonder that Mike resorts to magic to cope. But like any drug, it could very well alter his own perception of reality.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Author Line-Up for 5-15-18

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News, Expo's, Signings, Lively Litirati, Poetry, Publishing Questions and Author Interviews too!

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Tentatively scheduled for 9:00 am will be Author Florence Williams to discuss her fantastic book, The Nature Fix

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever.
12 illustrations

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Author Line-Up for 5-08-18

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Today 2 cancer survivors will discuss their current works..

Kerri Izzi with Treasures of Hope, 129 fantastic poems

Mary Jane Condon Bohlen and her photograph black and white photo, essay masterpiece.

Plus a 80 year old dear friend too !

On May 15, Author K. W Garlick will discuss his latest book, George's Hurricane 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Barnes and Noble in Financial Trouble ?

Borders collapse and now Barnes and Noble having severe bottom line problems.

Woonsocket, RI "Little Library" take a book, leave a book, photo by Wayne G. Barber 
I spent some of last week digging into the financial statements of Barnes & Noble, and I was shocked at how bad they are. Revenue from its website and from Nook (the company’s e-reader) has plummeted. Sales inside its stores are falling, too. It’s plausible that Barnes & Noble will not survive.
Some of its problems stem from poor decisions by its management. But keep in mind that Borders — once the country’s other big bookstore chain — went out of business in 2011. So some larger forces are at work here.
What are they? The growing power of gigantic technology firms like Amazon. They’re strong enough to create existential problems for their rivals. And as much as many of us — including me — may enjoy Walmart, E-bay, Etsy and Amazon’s service, I think it’s also important to recognize the larger problems that Big Tech behemoths are causing.
Amazon’s growing dominance isn’t good for the book business or for the country.
Source: David Leonhardt