Local Author Series @ Trail's End Cafe at Cynwyd Station, Bala Cynwyd [from 26 July to 13 September]

Local Author Series

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19:00 - 20:00

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Trail's End Cafe at Cynwyd Station
Cynwyd Train Station - Conshohocken State Rd and Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
Join us on Wednesday nights in the summer as we welcome local authors to share their writing. Each author will have books available for summer reading too!

July 26th:
The Little Gate-Crasher Author Talk with Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
You've never met anyone like Mace Bugen—he was 43 inches of unstoppable spirit and energy! Mace was a first-generation Jewish-American born in 1915—when society had low expectations for children born with differences. But Mace was smarter than most; over the years he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a “handicap” into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage. Over a period of three decades, using his unique combination of guile, cunning, handicap, and sense of entitlement, Mace engineered photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day—among them Muhammad Ali, Jonas Salk, Jane Russell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe DiMaggio, and Richard Nixon—all featured in the book.The Little Gate-Crasher tells the story of how Mace became a self-made millionaire and a pillar in his Jewish community, and how his progressive-minded family gave him the confidence to lead a charmed life.
Join us for a fun evening that will lift your spirits as we share the life lessons from Mace’s grand adventures: his unstoppable spirit that shows there’s value in every person and his courage to face whatever obstacles life sends your way.

August 2nd:
James Saunders will talk about his upcoming book Animal Dances.
The topic is «How Reality Instructs Fictionalization in this Historical Novel» As a well published author of scientific papers, but a neophyte to fiction writing, Jim is fascinated by the source of ideas that lead to a story line in Historical Fiction. He uses his own experience as an example. Animal Dances is a novel of World War I. The skeleton for the story is derived from the 173 letters that Harry C. Edwards wrote home to his family from France between 1918 and 1919. The letters are written by a young man with an 8th grade education and they rough out a story arc. But ideas spring from all sorts of different sources. Examples of where aspects of the novel emerged, based on real events, and they how they were massaged into fictionalization, will be given.

August 9th:
Simone Zelitch is the author of several novels, most recently Judenstaat (Tor-McMillan 2016). Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Hannukah Lights, and she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Fiction. She teaches at Community College of Philadelphia where she established their creative writing program and currently coordinates their English Degree.

August 16th:
Connie Garcia-Barrio, a native Philadelphian, has written for The Chestnut Hill Local, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her writing awards include a scholarship from the International Women's Writing Guild and a magazine Journalism Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She likes writing quirky pieces. Connie will share a few poems, short prose, songs and a family story or two!

August 23rd:
Roz Warren, local librarian, provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of library life with a crowd pleasing presentation based upon her two books Just Another Day at your Local LIbrary: An Insider's Tale of Library Life and the popular follow up title Our Bodies Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor. Roz, who writes for everyone from The New York Times to The Funny TImes (and has appeared on both Morning Edition and The Today Show), will delight and entertain with suprising tales from behind the circulation desk.

August 30th:
Diana Holquist is obsessed with the art of memoir and wants to talk about it with you. Are you writing one? Why? Why not? What are your favorite memoirs? What's the best way to get started? The best way to finally finish? How can you self-publish your memoir? Or is it better to find a publisher? Diana Holquist is the author of the parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter (Five Directions Press), the parody children's book The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard (Dial), as well as a plethora of romance novels, including those published as Sophie Gunn. She's currently trying not to start another memoir and do something that actually pays, like ghostwriting and editing for private clients.

September 13th:
Anndee Hochman writes the weekly «Parent Trip» column in The Philadelphia Inquirer; her personal and political essays also appear in Purple Clover, Broad Street Review and Newsworks. She is the author of Anatomies: A Novella and Stories (Picador USA) and Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home (The Eighth Mountain Press). Anndee teaches poetry and creative non-fiction to writers of all ages in settings that include schools, after-school programs, detention centers, senior housing and a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico. She lives with her partner and daughter in Philadelphia.
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