Author potpourri at Whampus Used Books July 21!
Save the date and meet a potpourri of talented authors at Whampus Used Books at 636 East Eisenhower Blvd. in Loveland. Attend a short presentation at noon to learn a little about these local authors, and then meet them live and in person at their favorite spots among the well-stocked bookshelves. Learn their secrets and make them yours. Refreshments will be served to provide gustatory as well as inspirational fulfillment.
Authors will include:
Historical novelist and local journalist, Barbara Fleming, follows the life of a young girl in the late 19th and early 20th century who helps change the roles of women in America. My Name Is Meggie continues her earlier tale, Journeying.
Mystery and memoir writer, Judie Freeland, will feature Strike Vote, a novel about greed and murder in the halls of academia.
Beverly (Jones) Hadden wrote the Award-winning YA novel, War Bonds, and an amazing collection of Colorado-inspired poetry called Where You Live. Her collection of poetry and essays called At the Edge of the Horizon is coming soon.
Runner and Writer, Libby James, who is Still Running as an octogenarian, details her love for the sport in a book by the same name. Don’t miss her White Shadow true story about Janet Mondlane who fell in love with a handsome African revolutionary in the mid-twentieth century and helped launch a new country.
Mim Neal, author of a fantastical memoir called Family Time where she converses with the ghosts of her recent—and very ancient—ancestors. Neal also wrote a more conventional, but lyrically entrancing, memoir called Tree Lines.
Nancy Phillips, no longer with us, has left behind a writing legacy in the historical novel, Tardy Justice, about a young female journalist at large in 19th century Leadville in search of her missing brother.
Naturalist, author and illustrator, Susan Quinlan, encourages readers of all ages to learn more about nature and science. Her books combine delightful illustrations with natural history facts and true stories of scientific research. Check out her Birds of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, a coloring book guide for aspiring naturalists.
Gary Raham writes and illustrates both science fact and science fiction. Enjoy a whimsical look at a future you never imagined with his A Once-Dead Genius in the Kennel of Master Morticue Ambergrand or sample his artwork and essays in Confessions of a Time Traveler.
Clare Rutherford, best selling author of How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With, also entertains a younger audience with A Dog is a Dog and That’s What Makes Him Special.
And, meet an emerging author of middle-grade fantasy while you are in the store. Nancy Burns, recently retired Poudre R1 teacher, is putting the finishing touches on The Dragonspeaker’s Daughter, a chapter book that will have young readers looking for their own pet dragons to ride.
Mim Neal (aka Miriam Louise McClure Neal) has written for publication since she was 12 and poetry editor of her junior high newsletter. She has never really stopped.
In high school, she wrote columns for the school paper and edited her church paper and in college, wrote features for the Daily Northwestern.
After college, she was a reporter for the Pontiac (Michigan) Press. After her children were born, she edited her church paper and wrote and presented a program of verse and poetry called “The Heart of the Artichoke,” about being a housewife in the age of women’s lib.
When her marriage ended, she created publications for Shriners and their hospitals and wrote services for her church.
When Shriners moved, she stayed in the Chicago area, doing public relations for Rotary International. While there, she won a Mercury Silver Award for a publicity campaign on Rotary's reestablishment in Eastern and Central Europe and a Golden Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for an international public service announcement campaign. Her articles appeared in the publications of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization and Rotary International.
Her volunteer writing included creating scripts for events staged by Prairyerth UU Fellowship and the UUA Central Midwest District Summer Women’s Gathering.
After 20 years, and assignments in 15 countries, she left Rotary to become public relations manager for the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions (held in Cape Town, South Africa).
When the Parliament Council disbanded its staff, Mim became communications director for the Unitarian Church of Evanston and wrote several children’s stories.
Ensconced in her Loveland, Colorado, home, she ventures out to support ‘restorative justice’ activities and Latino rights. She writes a blog (mimsprose.blogspot.com) and is an active member of the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation for which she has created numerous services. Both her memoir, Tree Lines, and her ‘fantasy memoir’, Family Time have been published and are available on Amazon.