A Celebration of Books and Authors
by Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas
IWPA celebrates its annual Book Fair at the historical Chicago Cultural Center
on November 19. This year the Fair spotlights the diverse literary infusion
throughout Illinois and features some of the state's most creative authors.
Of the many highlights at the Fair will be "Meet-the-Authors" on stage in the Randolph Café. Guest Emcee, Diantha Parker, news correspondent for Chicago Public Radio, will ask the authors about their books and their writing.
"I am so impressed with the outstanding Illinois authors participating in this year's book fair," past IWPA President Marion Gold stated while working to put the finishing touches on the fair. "Members and nonmembers had the passion, courage and self-confidence to write - and often publish - their own books! The public might not recognize their names. Not yet! But these homegrown authors have determination - and that's the first step towards success. It has been my privilege to work with Marianne, Cecilia and Suzanne on this program, which is IWPA's first step towards greater public visibility."
Join us at the Cultural Center. Discover and support Illinois' newest literary talents being showcased. Some of the authors and their works include:
Caryn Lazar Amster-The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago. With a forward by Mandy Patinkin, Amster won the USA Book News "Best Books in 2004" for True Crime.
Bob Gorski-ClipWords Promotion and ClipWords Motivation. If you're a professional copywriter, novelist or ad expert, these books will save time and give your ideas a fresh twist.
Joan Stanek-Juicing for Jocks. This guide extols the benefits associated with fresh juicing, a concept not only for athletes but for people of all ages. "I realized after raising two young athletes that health and wellness are my passions but athletes are my inspiration."
Judith M. Davis, M.D.-Emotional Comfort: The Gift of Your Inner Guide. As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Davis has developed a new self-hypnotic technique that allows one to create a new mental pathway that functions as an Inner Guide.
Lucia Mauro-Careers for Fashionplates, Careers for the StageStruck, and Frieze Frame: Textures & Colors of Italy. A noted arts writer and dance critic, Mauro focuses on practical advice for individuals interested in fashion and performing arts careers. Frieze Frame offers 50 photographs that evoke the multi-layers of beauty that are Italy.
Jane Ranshaw-101 Tips for Marketing Your Consulting Services and Consultant's Guide to Grammar & Style. As past president of the Independent Writers of Chicago and editor of Training Today magazine, Ranshaw offers ideas for marketing on the Internet and an easy reference guide for grammar.
Dan McGuire-Now, When I Was A Kid is the personal and nostalgic autobiography of Dan McGuire's growing up as a young man in a semi-rural town from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. McGuire's is a wistful and fondly told reminiscence set in Norridge, Illinois, a near northwestern Chicago suburb.
Susan Brauer-Just Keep Dancing is Susan's autobiographical story of the events of her life and marriage to a violent alcoholic. An odyssey of abuse, courage and triumph, she shares the guideposts tools of survival for those looking to move forward during difficulties in their lives.
Elizabeth Rann Arrott-Shortcut to a Miracle: How to Change Your Consciousness and Transform Your Life. How we think and what we think has an effect us. By understanding how our consciousness affects how we live, we can change our lives.
Annette Frizzell-The Cattle. In the tradition of George Orwell's 1984, Frizzell's fictional novel examines the logical evolution of a high tech national identification system and one terrifying plausible consequence.
Randy Richardson-Lost in the Ivy. Holy Cow! This debut contemporary murder mystery is set against the backdrop of Wrigleyville, the neighborhood planted outside of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Charley is caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that plays out in two seasons-one of futility and the other of hope.
JoAnne Stone Geier-LAUNCH IT! How To Turn Good Ideas Into Great Products That Sell. This book provides step-by step information anyone can use to elevate and protect their ideas, raise capital, save time, know the top consumer trends, and make money. LAUNCH IT is a resource guide including profiles on successful entrepreneurs.
Hadji Williams-KNOCK THE HUSTLE: How to Save Your Job and Your Life from Corporate America. After 13 successful years building Fortune 500 brands, Williams creates a part insider-expose and part revolutionary success manual in this power-packed business book.
Sheila Miller-Painted Picture is Miller's touching, heart-wrenching fictional tale of love, lies, deceit and abuse as pretty and smart Alicia Bradley meets debonair Derek Hendricks. Theirs is a dysfunctional love and Alicia's blurry sighted picture of the perfect marriage and her idea of what her husband could become, is clear as Derek throws a fit that almost destroys the family.
Keith Anwar-Memories of Afghanistan by M.H. Anwar. This is a captivating memoir of a man who fought for a modern, secular Afghanistan. Anwar traces his personal growth from street urchin to idealistic teenager, to government official espousing reform in a deeply patriarchal, religious society.
Mishawn Purnell-O'Neal-The Wonders of Mother's Milk. Inspired by the lack of books that positively speak to the importance of the breastfeeding experience, Purnell-O'Neal set out to fill this literary gap. Her debut children's title-The Wonders of Mother's Milk-educates, entertains, and intrigues its readers. With its rhythmic poetic text and colorful and diverse illustrations, it is a book that will serve as a superb gift for new mothers.
Jennie Spallone-Deadly Choices is Spallone's debut suspense novel. She is also author of non-fiction educational texts. Write Me Up! is a written expression program for students with special needs in Grades 4-12. The book provides scripted lesson presentations in vocabulary development, written and oral expression, higher level thinking skills, and listening and organizational skills.
Cheryl Price-Never Give Up: A Biography of Thomas L. Thomas. Cheryl tells the compelling story of a man who spent 10 years of his life in an orphanage, lived through the Depression, fought in WWII and became a prisoner of war. This is a tale about a true survivor.