If you live within driving distance of Lancaster, PA and are interested in writing, I highly recommend this amazing one-day event! (I've attended before, but cannot this year because of a previous commitment.) If you're looking for an affordable, fun, and choc-full-of-information way to learn more about writing, or take your current writing to the next level, consider attending this one-day conference. There are lots of opportunities to meet with the speakers and make connections with other writers. Click on image for the Lancaster Christian Writers website for more info and to register! LCW also offers monthly meetings throughout the year.
POP ARTIST MICHAEL ALBERT
I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting really neat person and pop artist Michael Albert yesterday at a collage workshop he held at the Warren County Library. The variety, detail, and fun-factor of his work is amazing! He gave an awesome presentation about his life and art then all the participants created collages with materials he provided (for FREE)! Check out Michael's website here. He speaks all over the country-- He may be coming to a library near YOU! Don't miss it! :)
Below are just a few of the hundreds of collages Michael's created using cereal boxes and other cardboard packaging....
Along with many others, I met best-selling author Louise Penny at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT last night! What a treat! RJ Julia's is the neatest, best bookstore I've ever been to in my whole life -- absolutely beautiful store with kind and friendly staff and a super-delicious cafe where I ate the best cupcake I've ever had in my whole life (made by La Rosticceria)!! If you're ever near Madison, CT, I encourage you to visit RJ Julia's (at least to have a cupcake) !!!
I learned about Louise Penny from children's book author, Eileen Spinelli. When Eileen heard I loved mysteries, she highly recommended her work....Thank you Eileen!!! Louise Penny's is a brilliant author who's writing has touched me on many levels. I encourage you to read the books in order. And WOW... Let me know if you do not come to love her writing, characters, and Louise herself, as I have! Below is her latest book, THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY currently #2 on the NY Times best-seller list! While standing in line for her signature I met writer John Valeri who recently interviewed Louise for his Hartfod Books Examiner blog. A GREAT article and interview!! Click here to read John's article.
Special thanks to Kathy Temean and her blog for the heads-up about this booksigning with the Spinellis and the Lewins at Booktender's Secret Garden in Doylestown, PA. I was expecting a HUGE crowd for these distinguished guests and was suprised that it was a relatively small affair. To my delight I got to ask all the questions I wanted and boy, was it a treat!
For more on these awesome authors and illustrators, visit their websites:
If you're ever in the area, please visit:
Booktenders’ Secret Garden Children’s Bookstore & Gallery
42 E. State St. Rear, Doylestown,Pa 18901
Phone number: 215-348-7160
A visual diary