Monday, January 27, 2020

Author Line-Up for 1-28-2020

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

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

Come join Fighting Quaker Matt Robinson on a fun- and fact-filled trip through the Ivy League. From its early beginnings to its latest triumphs and some of its most famous alumni, Matt takes readers on a trip around the northeastern United States and through time to see why these schools remain so popular and prestigious.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

125 Years New York Public Library Top 10 Checkouts...

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Here are the top 10:
  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts
  2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts
  3. 1984 by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts
  4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts
  6. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts
  8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts

Friday, January 10, 2020

Author Line-Up for 1-21-20

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

News, Book Reviews, Poetry, Publishing Questions,
Marketing and Author Interviews

In The Founding Fortunes, historian Tom Shachtman reveals the ways in which a dozen notable Revolutionaries deeply affected the finances and birth of the new country while making and losing their fortunes.
While history teaches that successful revolutions depend on participation by the common man, the establishment of a stable and independent United States first required wealthy colonials uniting to disrupt the very system that had enriched them, and then funding a very long war. While some fortunes were made during the war at the expense of the poor, many of the wealthy embraced the goal of obtaining for their poorer countrymen an unprecedented equality of opportunity, along with independence.
In addition to nuanced views of the well-known wealthy such as Robert Morris and John Hancock, and of the less wealthy but influential Alexander Hamilton, The Founding Fortunes offers insight into the contributions of those often overlooked by popular history: Henry Laurens, the plantation owner who replaced Hancock as President of Congress; pioneering businessmen William Bingham, Jeremiah Wadsworth, and Stephen Girard; privateer magnate Elias Hasket Derby; and Hamilton’s successors at Treasury, Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and Albert Gallatin.
The Founders dealt with tariffs, taxes on the wealthy, the national debt, regional disparities, the census as it affected finances, and how much of what America needs should be manufactured at home in ways that remain startlingly relevant. Revelatory and insightful, The Founding Fortunes provides a riveting history of economic patriotism that still resonates today.

Author Line-Up for 1-14-20

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

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

Tentatively scheduled at 9:05a will be local Author Stephen Manson with "The Progressive Connection"
The Progressive Connection is a comparison between the United States and Europe, especially the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. These capitalistic democracies with social safety net programs have the highest standards of living in the world and equality is considered one of the most important values in their societies. The new Progressives in American politics are thinking about these ideas in a country they see as only favoring the wealthy and big business. Progressives like socialist ideas with capitalism on how to give the citizens of the country what other people in Europe, especially the Nordic countries, enjoy; health care for all, free college education, equality instead of poverty and slums, and so much more. This change in government could happen in the United States with this information given to the progressive politicians and to most Americans who know nothing about the particulars of this movement. The Nordic countries have high taxes and harsh weather but are the happiest people in the world according to the United Nations yearly report. Denmark has won it for years but in 2018 it was beaten out by Norway and in 2019 Finland came in first. The most important aspect of their happiness is that they have very little stress compared to the United States where chronic stress is becoming a public health crisis. This is a book that should be read by all Americans who have come to think that their country has been changing in ways that are becoming unacceptable to what they think it should be or what it has been in the past.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

ARIA January 2020 Meeting Reminder

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Please Note our new location:

THE NEXT MEETING of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in the fellowship hall of The Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church, 604 Seven Mile Road, Hope, RI. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00. Please enter through the door at the back of the church.
As some of you may now, the church in Coventry that has served as our meeting location for the last few years is up for sale and its future usage is in doubt. We are very excited to have the opportunity to move our meetings here which has more amenities as well as ground-level access for those with disabilities. 
The church is located on the border of Cranston and Scituate (near the village Hope) on the corner of Route 12. For folks arriving from the north, it is five to seven minutes closer, for those from the south, it is about five to seven minutes farther. 
At this month's meeting, we will be reviewing December's Expo and discussing plans for what will be an exciting 2020.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Author Line-Up 1-7-20

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

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

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Tentatively Scheduled at 9:05am  Author Paul Mainville will discuss, Fifteen Miles

Paul Mainville believed at an early age that there was something missing in his life. His loving parents had never kept his adoption a secret, but it was when his neighborhood friends started peppering him with questions about his “real” parents that he began to question who he really was.Through the years, these questions would haunt him and lead to a lifetime of insecurity and low self-esteem—causing not only substance abuse and several failed relationships, but also profound moments of introspection, faith, and self-discovery. Told with honesty and humility and filled with heart-warming and humorous anecdotes from his life, Fifteen Miles, follows a man’s lifelong quest to find his birth mother, only to discover something at the end of that journey that was not what he expected.Fifteen Miles was written to help adopted and foster children everywhere, as well as for those who have struggled to find their own identity.