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December 2006

    Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, wrote a book review on Kansas Murals: A Traveler's Guide by Lora Jost and Dave Loewenstein which was published in the Winter 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 12/19/2006
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her children's story “Time Machine—Trip 3” published in Kids' Kansas column in the Winter 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 12/19/2006
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, had her story "The Wedding Ring" published in A Cup of Comfort for Weddings: Something Old, Something New by Adams Media, an F+W Publications Company, in November 2006. Brady's story relates relating the events in a small church wedding in Lansing, Kansas, more than fifty years ago. 12/1/2006
    Amy Green, District 2, Eudora, was featured in a full-page article “Eudora’s Emily Dickinson” by Amelia Bock in the October 2006 Cardinal published by Eudora High School. Amy credited her grandmother Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, for encouraging her to become a writer. 12/1/2006
    Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, had her letter to editor “No Ideal Families” publish in the Wichita Eagle, December 9, 2006. 12/9/2006
    Laurel Johnson, District 4, Fairbury NE, had her poem “Runes” published in the Fall/Winter 2006 Nisqually Delta Review.  The Spring, 2007 issue of Nisqually Delta Review will feature her poems "Benediction" and "Change of Scene."  In addition, her poem "Gray Baby" is published in the December, 2006, issue of Bellowing Ark. 12/1/2006
Mike Klaassen, Tom Mach, and Max Yoho (seated)    Mike Klaassen, Distirct 5, Wichita, Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed books celebrating a Holiday Open House at Kansas Orginals Market, Wilson exit on I-70, November 26, 2006. Newest titles include Klaassen's Cracks, an action novel for adolescents, Mach's All Parts Together, historical fiction set in the Civil War era, and Yoho's The Moon Butter Route, a tale of bootlegging in Southeast Kansas. 12/1/2006
    Tom Mach, Distict 2, Lawrence, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had their novels featured in “Books: Kansas Ties,” an article by Jan Biles printed in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Sunday, December 3, 2006. Mach's novel is All Parts Together, a sequel to Sissy!, 2002 Coffin Award winner. Yoho's The Moon Butter Route was mentioned as a “2006 Kansas Notable Book.” Mach also conducted a writing workshop for children, ages 8 to 11,"Writing As An Adventure," October 30 to December 4, at South Park Recreation Center, Lawrence. The workshop was sponsored by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. 12/9/2006
    Judith Miller, Myra Wilcox, and Max Yoho, all District 1, Topeka, signed books at the Washburn University Bookstore holiday open house on December 6, 2006. Miller's historical novel is Daylight Comes, third in a trilogy of Freedom's Path series. Wilcox's novel is Red Moon Rising, includes reflections on life by a Southern belle. Yoho's The Moon Butter Route is a “2006 Kansas Notable Book.”12/9/2006
    Raymond Nelson, District 5, Wichita, had his poem Ad Astra Per Aspera published in the Winter 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 12/19/2006
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had her article “Bodarc Community Churches and Cemeteries” published in The El Dorado Times. This piece was the winning entry in the Jessie Perry Stratford historical writing contest sponsored by the Butler County Historical Society. The contest has a 5,000 word limit, so it took three editions to publish the piece in its entirety: October 11, 12, and 13, 2006. 12/9/2006
     Rebecca Pinker, District 2, Olathe, won a special honorable mention in
ByLine's nostalgia contest, announced in the December 2006 issue. 12/19/2006
     Debra Stufflebean, Distict 1, Topeka, held a book signing and reception for her new novel Untold Secrets at Freda and Maude's in Topeka, on December 9, 2006. Untold Secrets is a story of romance, suspense and inspiration. 12/9/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her article “Timeless Beauty of Evergreens Brighten Home” published in her Grow your Garden column in Active Life, a supplement to the December 7, 2006, Wichita Eagle. 12/9/2006
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her article “Chief Burnett's Potawatomi Heritage” published in the December, 2006, issue of the Center for Kansas Studies Newsletter. [Available on the web as a PDF file, pages 8 & 9.] 12/9/2006

November 2006

    Mark Bouton, District 1, Topeka, Nancy J. Kopp, D4, Manhattan, and Margaret Shauers, D6, Great Bend, were presenters at the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave at the Ramade Plaza Hotel, Manhattan, November 3-5, 2006. Bouton, a former law enforcement agent, took part in a Law Enforcement Seminar. Kopp spoke about overcoming  procrastination. Shauers moderated a panel, "The Short and Long of it: Writing Stories for Kids." 11/5/2006
    Audrey M. Collins, District 6, Hutchinson, had her poem, "A Prayer for Caregivers," published in Stroke Connection, a publication of the American Stroke Association, a division of American Heart Association, the November/December, 2006, issue. 11/29/2006
    Four KAC members had articles published in the Kansas Senior Times, December, 2006: Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, "The Health Chart" and "My Favorite Santa;" Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, "Don't Talk and Drive" in his regular monthly column, Grizzly's This 'n That; Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, "The Three Candles, To Burn or Not to Burn," and "Don't Develop that Negative?;" and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, "The Outhouses of Elk Falls" and "Legionville, Home for War Orphans." 11/29/2006
     Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, had her cover story “Underground Salt Museum” published in Kansas Traveler, Fall 2006. Also, “Security for the Traveler" was published in East Wichita News, October 2006. 11/15/2006
    Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor, “Beemer Broke Law,” published in the Wichita Eagle on November 3, 2006. It was in response to a news item “Traffic stop lands candidate in jail” which
appeared in an earlier issue. 11/15/2006
     Laurel Johnson, new member of District 4, Fairbury, NE, put in a nice plug for Kansas Authors Club and our work in support of nurturing writers in her blogspace on October 31, 2006. Laurel has published several books, both novels and poetry. Her newest novel is My Name Is Ester Clara, the story of Laurel's grandmother. 11/15/2006
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her article "A Baron Reclaims His Life, and His Castle" published in Story Blog on-line, November 14, 2006. 11/29/2006
     Roberta Lampe, District 5, Garden Plain, spoke about her book, Agnes, at a lunchtime lecture at Botanica in Wichita on October 25, 2006. The book is based on her grandmother’s life. Arriving from Breslau, Germany, in New York City in 1908, Agnes decides to become a housekeeper for a Kansas farmer and his children. 11/12/2006
    Randall Martin, District 1, Topeka, new president of District 1, has won two awards from the Kansas Writers Association's Scene of the Crime Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Fiction Competition.  In the Short Story category, “Happy Halloween” received Honorable Mention, and "No Mercy" was awarded Second Place. Their conference was held October 21-22 in Wichita. 11/10/2006
     Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly column “Close to Home” published in the Wichita Eagle, November 12, 2006. She reviewed Morning Sky by Judith Miller, District.1, Topeka, and Cracks by Mike Klaassen, District 5, Wichita. She also said goodbye to her readers, as this was to be her last column. 11/15/2006
     Judith Miller, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her recent novel Daylight Comes, the final book in the Freedom's Path trilogy set in Nicodemus and Hill City, Kansas, at Christian Book & Gift, Topeka, on November 11, 2006. 11/13/2006
     L. Kathleen Nelzen, District 5, Newton, received honorable mention in Byline creative nonfiction contest for “The Flower of My Heart,” November, 2006. 11/12/2006
     Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had an article “Class Assignment Started Research” published in Brave Hearts, Winter 2006. 11/15/2006
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his article “Be Careful What You Get for Free” published in Kansas Senior Times, October, 2006, and “Do You Really Want to Know?” published in Kansas Senior Times, November, 2006. 11/12/2006
     Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, was interviewed on Soul Fixin' Blues, KKFI-FM 90.1, on Tuesday, November 7, at 3:30 pm. Larry discussed his new book, Home Schooled, as well as previous works, Death and Devotion and Blue Ice. Rochelle was also recently interviewed on tape by Mike Alley, Johnson County Community College Public Access TV, Cable 17. The interview focused on his new book, Home Schooled, which features poems about the angst of right-wing Kansans and the lonesome blues stories of Osawatomie and Paola. The program was shown throughout November on the "On Campus" segment. 11/30/2006
     Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor, “Split the Holiday,” published in the Wichita Eagle, November 9, 2006. 11/15/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had an article, “Overwinter summer plants now,” in her regular Grow your Garden column in the Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle, November 2, 2006. 11/15/2006

October 2006

    Ralph Allen, District 5, Wichita, won honorable mention for “Two Houses on Lorelei Court” in a short story contest in Byline, announced in the October 2006 issue. 10/6/2006
    Debra Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth, announces publication of her second book, Awakening Of The Human Spirit: A Book of Poetry. Poems are about romantic fantasies and some of the beauty of Kansas. This volume and Debra's first book, A Renaissance of the Heart: A Book of Poetry, are available on Amazon.com. 10/6/2006
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her monthly column “Kids' Kansas: Time Machine—Trip 2” published in the Fall 2006 Kansas Traveler. 10/6/2006
    Mark Bouton, District 1, Topeka, discussed his new book, Max Unlocks the Universe, Sunday, October 8, 2006, in the Topeka Room, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, When the FBI fails to stop cyber-crime and resorts to deadly force, Max must stop the carnage. A book signing followed the program. 10/9/2006
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has a story called “Making the Magic Last” in the book Classic Christmas: True Stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill, a collection of more than seventy stories published by Adams Media (October, 2006). 10/22/2006
    Christie Breault, District 5, Benton, had her first children's book released recently by Mondo Publishing, an educational publisher from NY. Logan West: Printer's Devil is about a 12-yr-old boy who travels to Wichita, Kansas in 1874 and becomes an apprentice (also referred to as a devil) at the Wichita City Eagle. Christies signed books at Watermark Books in Wichita on October 21. 10/30/2006
    Jerry Engler
, District 4, Marion, signed copies of his new book, A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two, on October 6 at Hastings Bookstore in Topeka, on October 7 at Hastings in Lawrence, on October 8 at Hastings in Manhattan, and on October 14 at Hastings in Pittsburg. 10/15/2006
    Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, had “Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge” published in the Fall 2006 Kansas Traveler. 10/6/2006
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, conducted two workshops in September: "How To Write Great Fiction" met Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28, at the Smith Center, Brandon Woods, Lawrence, and a fiction writing workshop at the East of Edens Conference in Salinas, California, sponsored by the California Writers Club, September 8, 2006. His novel, All Parts Together, was reviewed in Midwest Book Review e-zine by senior reviewer Shirley Johnson. The work has been accepted for consideration for judging by the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Committee at Columbia University. Tom also gave a presentation on Saturday, October 21, 2006, at the Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS.10/23/2006
    Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor published in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, October 8, 2006. “Superb Book Fair” praised the Kansas Book Festival held last month in Wichita. 10/9/2006
    Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly column “Close To Home” published in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, October 8, 2006. “Author Raney updates novel for 10-year anniversary” discusses changes in A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney of Moundridge. Love Thine Enemy by Wichita author Patricia Davids is also mentioned.
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had “My Favorite Halloween Treat” and “Trick or Treat” published in the October 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 10/6/2006
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his monthly column “Grizzy’s This ’n That: Be Careful What You Get for Free” published in the October 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 10/6/2006
    Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa, presented a program on her novel, One Was Annie, on September 28 at the Hesston Public Library and on October 3 at the Wichita Public Library. Lora also presented at the Girard Public Library on October 5, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girard's Carnegie institution. 10/7/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2 , Overland Park, had his 2002 novel, Death and Devotion, favorably reviewed in "Mystery reads more like fantasy" by Mike Henricks in the October 9, 2006, Kansas City Star. Henricks mentions Rochelle's sympathy to local politican Clay Chastain’s dream of building a light-rail system in Kansas City. Larry also had a poem, "Plugged", published in the the "Poet's Corner" section of the Lawrence Journal-World on October 22, 2006. 10/22/2006
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had “Fifty Years of Marriage Is a Piece of Wedding Cake” published in the October 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 10/6/2006
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had “The Day I Grew Up” and “Fun at the Kansas State Fair” published in the October 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 10/6/2006
2006 Kansas Book Festival    Several members of Kansas Authors Club discussed their work at the first annual Kansas Book Fair, September 29 and 30, 2006, at the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Wichita. Members include: Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg; Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion; Mike Klaassen, District 5, 2006 Kansas Notable BooksValley Center; Jane Kurtz, District 5, Hesston; and Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka. 10/5/2006
    
Three members of Kansas Authors Club were recognized as authors of 2006 Kansas Notable Books during the "Black, White and Read All Over Ball," a fundraising event for the Kansas Center for the Book held Friday evening, September 29, 2006, at Exploration Place, Wichita. These authors and their work include: Eunice Boeve, Maggie Rose and Sass, young adult fiction; Jane Kurtz, In the Small, Small Night, children's fiction; Max Yoho, The Moon Butter Route, general fiction. 10/5/2006
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had “VW Trike Draws Attention,” “Christmas Throughout the Year,” and “Bargain Basement Brings in Funds” published in the October 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 10/6/2006
    Grant Williams, District 3, Coffeyville, was featured in “Local author high on hog with novel,” an article by Rhoda Ross of the Arkansas City Traveler, on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. The article featured Grant's first novel in print, The Boys from Hog Heaven, by TanosBooks. 10/6/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly column “Grow Your Garden: Growing, Crafting Gourds” published in the October 5, 2006, Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle. 10/6/2006
    James D. Wright, District 5, Bel Air, won honorable mention for “The Basic Goodness of Life” in a short story contest announced in the October 2006 Byline. 10/6/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was featured in “The Joy of Writing in Kansas: Colony Native Spins the Grit of Kansas to Tales,” an article by columnist Morgan Chilson, published in the October 2006 Eye On Kansas e-zine. Max's novel The Moon Butter Route, a 2006 "Kansas Notable Book," was featured at the Educators' Appreciation open house at Border Bookstore, Lawrence, on October 13, 2006. Max's novel Tales from Comanche County has been published as an unabridged audio book by Books In Motion of Spokane, WA. This work is available in cassette, CD and MP3 formats. 10/15/2006

September 2006

    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, was interviewed for “Read State,” an article by Gary Demuth, published in the Salina Journal, September 6, 2006. The article contained a complete listing of 2006 Kansas Notable Books, including Boeve’s novel, Maggie Rose and Sass. 9/9/2006
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of her novel, Once Upon A Hunch, by iUniverse. This mystery is about Lucy Baldridge, an amateur sleuth who lives in a retirement home with her husband, Elliott. Unexplained, unexpected events occur and Lucy's hunch tells her it is murder. She feels compelled to solve the mystery. 9/9/2006
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an essay, "How's Your Life?" publishined online at MedHunters.com. Her story, "Wish Upon a Star," will be released in Chicken Soup for the Sister Soul, October 2006. "The Saddest Birthday" was published in Senior Living newspaper, Springfield, MO, in September 2006. Nancy also has four audio recordings of stories posted recently on OurEcho.com. They include "Finding My Mother," "Love In a Box," "The Saddest Birthday," and "Joe's Castle." Nancy's words are also posted, but audio versions cannot be accessed by those with dial-up connections. 9/26/2006
    Barbara Lerma, District 1, Overbrook, was one of five board members with the Topeka Literacy Council who met with Governor Sebelius on Sept. 5; the governor signed a proclamation of Kansas's participation in World Literacy Day. Barbara is an adjunct instructor of a humanities course at Friends University and tutors adults who are learning to read, as well as students learning English as a second language. 9/7/2006
    Helen Long, District 4, Manhattan, wrote a letter of nomination for "Good Neighbor Award" of the Manhattan Housing Authority. Her nominee, Catherine Robare, was recognized with that honor in August, 2006. 9/26/2006
    Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, visited the Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, in September and saw a display of books by Kansas Authors Club members. Books on display included work by Tom Mach (D2, Lawrence), Dorothy Masters (D4, Harveyville), Anne McCourtie (D1, Mayetta), Dr. Raymond Nelson (D5, Wichita), Sam Pierson (D2, Lebo), and LeNore Stumpf (D4, Axtell). This display was only a small part of Spencer's Kansas Authors Club collect. KAC Archivist Don Pady (D1, Topeka) took more books to the Spencer shortly after Dorothy's visits. Not all books have yet been catalogued. Plans are to catalogue the entire collection and publish the list on the Spencer website. 9/27/2006
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, is planning a second printing of her book, Diary of a German War Bride. Kansas Senior Monthly featured her in their September 2006 edition. On September 23 Trudy had a private book reading reception at the home of her daughter, Shanon White, in Leawood. German foods were served. 9/24/2006
    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, launched her first book, a work of nonfiction, Mediation Survivor's HandBook, on September 9, 2006, at The Writers' Place in Kansas City, MO. Peg has drawn on ten years of experience in coordinating a small claims mediation program, as well as observations in other mediation venues. She has presented workshops at national and international mediation conferences. 9/9/2006
    Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa, conducted a Fiction Writing
Workshop at a joint meeting of KAC District #2 members from Lawrence and Fort Scott on September 9, 2006, at the Ft. Scott Community College campus, Ft. Scott. Lora discussed her novel, One Was Annie, on September 24, 2006, at the Dorothy Bramlage Library in Junction City. 9/26/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, announces a new book of Kansas poetry, Home Schooled, a look at one of the trends in Kansas— sparking debate, drama and religious arguments. The book is printed by Booksurge and is available at Amazon.com. 9/24/2006
    Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission, now has poems included in Jonathan Holden's Kansas Poets web site. The four poems are "The Gardner", "Rain," "I Sleep With the Dead"" and "The Government Is Too Much With Us." 9/24/2006
The Boys from Hog Heaven by Grant WilliamsA Mother's Sins by Ursula TurnerWhy Coffeyville by Rik Tanos    Disctrict 3 has three authors announcing new books. Why Coffeyville? is by Rik Tanos, Coffeyville; A Mother's Sins is by Ursula Turner, Coffeyville; and The Boys from Hog Heaven is by Grant Williams, Arkansas City. Books are available from Tanos Book Publishing. 9/19/2006
    Myra Wilcox, District 1, Topeka, discussed her book Red Moon Rising, at a Meet the Author event at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on September 24, 2006. 9/24/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was mentioned in Max Yoho and Jean A. Jones's dried flower arrangement for The Moon Butter Route, at TSCPLHow does your literature grow?,” an article by Bill Blankenship in the Topeka Capital-Journal, September 8, 2006. Yoho's novel, The Moon Butter Route, inspired work by Jean A. Jones, Floral Art Club, Topeka. "Books in Bloom" is a book-themed display of dried and fresh flower arrangments at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library through September. 9/9/2006

August 2006

    Wanda Bates, District 4, Manhattan, has many of her stories and poems posted at OurEcho.com. She received the August "Post of the Month" award and $100 prize for a three-part series of essays titled “Wars and Rumors Of Wars.” Wanda donated her cash prize to local charity. Among her other writings at OurEcho.com is a autiobiographical nine-part serial of her experiences living in a Teacherage in rural Iowa in the 1930's. Wanda's online index—8/22/2006
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, Jane Kurtz, District 5, Hesston, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were recognized by our State Librarian and Kansas Center for the Book as authors of “2006 Kansas Notable Books.” Eunice Boeve's Maggie Rose and Sass is young adult fiction. Jane Kurtz's In the Small, Small Night is children's fiction. And Max Yoho's The Moon Butter Route is general fiction. All fifteen authors of books chosen will be honored at the Kansas Book Festival's Black, White and READ All Over Ball, Friday, September 29, in Wichita. —8/4/2006
    Marcene Grimes, District 1, Tecumseh, signed copies of her new book, Ill Blows the Wind, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on Saturday, August 12, 2 to 4 p.m. "Kansas wind inspires author," an article by Bill Blankenship in the July 8, 2006, Topeka Capital-Journal, featured Marcene and her ficition concerning wind farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas. 8/12/2006
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a children’s story, “Aleenah’s Walk to the Sea” published in the June 2006 issue of My Walk With Jesus newspaper. Her article “How To Avoid Being Trapped” was published at the Long Ridge Writer’s Group web site, and her essay, “The Choice Is Yours,” published in Releasing Times, July 2006. Nancy spoke on “Writing Your Family Stories” at the First Lutheran Church Ladies Salad Supper on July 18, 2006, in Manhattan. Her poem “A Heavenly Gift” is published online in the Kansas Poems Archive. The poem won the Theme Division in the KAC Poetry Contest in 2000. 8/12/2006
    Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa, discussed her novel, One Was Annie, on August 19, at the Lawrence Public Library as part of the Library's annual celebration of Frontier and Civil War Days. Lora explord the novel's development, loosely based on the lives of Reiter's great-grandparents. Lori participated in a group discussion of her novel with a readers' group on August 21, 2006, at the Haysville Community Library. She was also featured in the "Meet the Author" series of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library—Main Branch, on August 24, 2006. 8/31/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, had a poem, "Whitecaps" published in the Sunday, July 30, 2006, Lawrence Journal-World. An article in the Sunday, June 18, 2006, Kansas City Star, "Prof gives KC literary life," discusses the wide range of Rochelle's writing. His novel Bourbon and Bliss was reviewed in Reader Views website in June. 8/19/2006
    
Lori Stratton, District 4, Wamego, has her poem "Wamego" published online in the Kansas Poems Archive. 8/12/2006

July 2006

    Debra Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth, signed copies of her book of poetry, A Renaissance of the Heart, on July 8, 2006, at Hastings Books, Music and Video in Hays. She also signed boks at Waldenbooks, 4600 W. Kellogg, Wichita, on Saturday, July 15, 2006. Debra is a new member of Kansas Authors Club. Her grandmother, the late Rena (Reed) Young, Ellis, also wrote poetry, which she published in the Kansas Authors Club Yearbook in the 1970s. Debra’s book has been submitted for the 2006 Nelson Poetry Book Award. —7/31/2006
    Marcene Grimes, District 1, Techumseh, discussed her book, Ill Blows the Wind, and signed copies on July 9 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. 7/9/2006
    
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, signed copies of his historical novel All Parts Together on June 10 at Borders Books in Lawrence, on June 25 at the Lecompton Territorial Days Festival near the Lecompton Constitutional Hall, and on July 1 at HyVee Supermarket in Lawrence. Mach's novel also won Honorable Mention, "Wild Card" Book Category, in the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival, produced by JM Northern Media LLC.  7/9/2006
    Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, had a poem “Remembrance” published in the Kansas Poems section at kansaspoets.com. 7/11/2006
    Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, was interviewed on July 24 by news anchor Jessica Lovell, KTKA-ABC TV Channel 49, about her collected writings, Keep on the Sunny Side of Life and A Day on the Trail, about her newspaper column, and about the upcoming Kansas Authors Club Convention. The KTKA-ABC web site includes a video clip. 7/285/06
    Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, is interviewed as featured prose writer in "A Writer's Odyssey," in the on-line journal New Works Review, Summer, 2006 [right column]. Mehl responds to questions about her love of writing mysteries, her inspirations, and her faith. 7/26/2006
    Rosemary Parsons Torrez, District 1, Topeka, was featured in "Topekan finds healing in poetry," by Jan Biles, in the Topeka Capital-Journal, July 24, 2006. The article, with a photo of Parsons Torrez, concerns the healing cadence of words which helped her cope with the death of her 21-year-old son, Lonnie LeBombarb, killed in combat in February 1968 during the Vietnam War. Parsons Torrez also had a poem “Bird Song” published in the Kansas Poems section at kansaspoets.com. 7/26/2006
    Myra Wilcox, District 1, Topeka, read and signed copies of her new collection of poetry, Red Moon Rising, on July 8 at the Atchison Public Library, on July 19 at the Effingham Public Library, and on Sat., July 22 at Hastings Books in Lawrence. 7/28/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has his novel The Revival featured in review by Laurel Johnson, in the on-line journal New Works Review, Summer, 2006. His novels The Moon Butter Route and Tales from Comanche County are being promoted in Capper's Monthly and Grit, periodicals of Odgen Publications. 7/26/2006

June 2006

   Don Coldsmith, District 2, Emporia, and Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were on the faculty of the 21st annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies, Division of English, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Emporia State University, and sanctioned by the Western Writers of America, Inc. KAC members attending the workshop included Conrad Jestmore and Mike Klaassen, District 5, Wichita, Lori Stratton, District 4, Wamego, and Margaret Shauers, District 6, Great Bend.  6/7/2006
    Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, had his paper "The Nazi Destruction of the German Bahá'í Community" accepted by the Association for Bahá'í Studies for presentation at its annual conference in San Francisco this August. Dawntide Publishing, in South Africa, has accepted a small collection of Herrmann's poems for children for publication as a book. Also, one of Duane's poems is to be translated into Italian for publication in Italy. 6/7/2006
    Buster Jenkins, District 2, Lawrence, has his newest book, Tales of Woodson County and Other Important Places, featured in the Spring 2006 issue of Kansas magazine, publication of the Kansas Department of Commerce. 6/6/2006
    Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2
, Olathe, had her article, “Quantrill Rides on Olathe,” published in the 2006 volume of Kansas City Voices. Mary-Lane's poem, “After the Funeral,” was published in Poet's Corner, Kansas City Star, May 14, 2006. Her poem, "Warning: Don't Drink and Write," appeared in the 2006 volume of Coal City Review. 6/7/2006
    Susan Kinney-Riordan
, District 4
, Salina, won honorable mention in the 13th annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Bood Awards for her book I Wanted a Poem About Kansas. She is the only Kansan to be mentioned among the 1500 entries. 6/19/2006
    Tom Mach
, District 2
, Lawrence, gave a talk on his historical novel All Parts Together on June 5 at the Gardner Grange Hall, and at the Atchison Library on June 13. He signed books at Borders, Rock Rd., Wichita, on June 3 and at Watermark Books, Wichita, June 4. His book, second in a trilogy, is available at the gift shop of the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL. 6/18/2006
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, won an Honorable Mention from Byline Magazine for “Spring Poem,” announced in the July/August 2006 issue. Trudy's book, Diary of a German War Bride, was featured in an article, “Woman captures mother's life,” by Jan Biles in the Topeka Capital-Journal, June 20, 2006. 6/29/2006
    Lora K. Reiter
, District 2, Ottawa, has given various programs on her novel, One Was Annie, throughout Kansas, and has more programs scheduled. She had a poem published in the April 2006 I-70 Review. Lora was involved in a poetry reading on April 18 at the Johnson County Public Library, and gave the commencement address at Ottawa University on May 19. 6/8/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has a poem, “Vacant Lot—Colony, KS” published in the Kansas Poems Archive. Max's first novel, The Revival, winner of the KAC 2002 J.D. Coffin Memorial Book Award, has been published as an unabridged audio book by Books In Motion of Spokane, WA. This work is available in cassette, CD and MP3 formats. 6/18/2006

May 2006

    Donna Adee, District 4, Ottawa, and her husband Ellis were featured in an article by Dave Redmon, Editor, in the May/June 2006 edition of Keynotes. “Stepping Back in Time” tells how the farm couple began collaborating as writers 12 years ago to outline lessons they learned while caring for their “Special Child,” who died at the age of 27 in 1992. They produced a series of books, Miriam’s Dilemma: Stepping Back in Time. The Adees live in Ottawa County and write stories of the Solomon River Valley. Donna has donated four books to the Silent Auction for the 2006 Convention. 5/25/2006
    Robert Beattie
, District 5, Wichita, was featured in the article "Judge, author recount horrors, capture of BTK," in the Topeka Capital-Journal for May 4, 2006. Beattie, a Wichita lawyer who wrote Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler, and Sedgwick County District Court Judge Gregory Waller spoke May 3 during the 25th annual Crime Stoppers fundraising banquet at Topeka's Holiday Inn Holidome. Beattie's book focused on the hunt for convicted killer Dennis Rader. His photograph, signing a copy of the book, accompanied this front page story. 5/6/2006
    Evelynn Boal, District 5, Wichita, was nominated as a favorite Kansas poet by Dolores (Dee) Smith, District 5, Wichita. “More readers tell us their favorite Kansas poets” by Arlice Davenport in the April 30, 2006, Wichita Eagle, mentions that Evelynn is Treasurer of Kansas Authors Club District 5. An excerpt from “These Hills Are Mine” was included. 5/6/2006
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of the book Cup of Comfort for Nurses, a collection of stories, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on May 11.. Her contribution is a story called, “Clarity in the Midst of Chaos.” —5/20/2006
    Julia Dagenais, District 5
, Wichita, was nominated as a favorite Kansas poet by Carolyn Johnson. Lines were quoted from Julia’s “Family Quartet” in “More readers tell us their favorite Kansas poets” by Arlice Davenport in the April 30, 2006, Wichita Eagle. 5/6/2006
    Jerry Engler, District 4
, Marion, siged copies of his book, Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland, on May 27, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka. 5/30/2006
    Laurence Harshbarger
, District 4, Junction City, had his letter to the editor, "Try another source," published in the Topeka Capital-Journal, May 4, 2006. Laurence advocates using NPR, now celebrating their 35th anniversary in broadcasting, as a major listening source for news. 5/6/2006
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, gave a presentation on his historical novel All Parts Together to members of the Optimist Club in McPherson, Kansas, on April 22, 2006. He spoke on examples of compassion found in Civil War history to the United Methodist Church in Lawrence on April 23. Tom spoke to the Lions Club in Lawrence on May 2 and appeared at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Garden City on May 6. He shared his work with the Sons of Civil War Veterans on May 18 at the Watkins Museum in Lawrence and appeared at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on May 28 in the "Sunday Afternoon With a Kansas Author" program. 5/31/2006
    Raymond Nelson, District 5, Wichita, was nominated as a favorite Kansas poet by Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta. Raymond’s volunteer work through the Kansas Authors Club's Writers in the School Program was cited in the article “More readers tell us their favorite Kansas poets” by Arlice Davenport in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, April 30, 2006. Roxie quoted from Raymond’s book . . . As the Kansas Winds Blow. 5/6/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park poet and JCCC Professor of English, was guest on Connie Crash’s Soul Fixin’ Blues Show at KKFI-FM 90.1 on Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at 3:30 pm. Rochelle discussed his latest book of poetry, Moody Blue: A Kansas Fantasy, and played some tunes that Elvis Presley covered from the blues singers of the 1950s. 5/6/2006
    Myra Wilcox, District 1, Nortonville, spoke about “Prayer, Faith, and Action” on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Community Church, Topeka, Ks. Her talk was based on her book, Living With Out Fear. 5/6/2006
      

April 2006

   Griff Argo, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on April 26, 2006. “Truth remains” addressed the recent controversy over the newly released Gospel of Judas and The Da Vinci Code. 4/29/2006
    Debra Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth, had her book of poetry, A Renaissance of the Heart, mentioned in "Kansas poet publishes work" on April 20, 2006, in the Hays Daily News. 4/22/2006
    Roy Bird, Eunice Boeve, Mike Klaassen, Jane Kurtz, Tom Mach, Nancy Mehl and Max Yoho were Kansas Authors Club members invited to attend the Kansas Authors Dinner sponsored by Kansas Center for the Book at the Tri-Conference of Kansas Librarians in Wichita on April 6, 2006. 4/29/2006
   Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, has had her latest book Maggie Rose and Sass chosen by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, collaborating with the Kansas Center for the Book, to be sent to help replenish the library at Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans. Eighth grade students at the school are asking each governor to send them “a book written by a prominent author” from their state. These books will be added to the school’s “Governors’ Collection” and presented to the school by the students at their eighth grade graduation on May 26, 2006. Boeve’s historical fiction novel, set in a Kansas town reminiscent of Nicodemus, tells the tale of an all African American town settled in 1877 by former slaves from Kentucky. Boeve’s Summer of the Crow received the J. Donald Coffin Award from Kansas Authors Club in 2001, and two of her books have been Kansas Reading Circle selections. She is a Fellow of the Kansas Center for the Book. 4/11/2006
    Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, was host for the finale at the Safari Film Festival in Chanute on April 22. Gary is a former Topeka Zoo director, president of Cowabunga Safaris (photography), and author of I'd Rather Be on Safari. The feature film was Merian Cooper's King Kong. The festival honors Martin and Osa Johnson, early filmmakers and authors from Kansas. 4/28/2006
    Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion, discussed his book, Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland, on KTKA, Channel 49, Topeka, on April 5. He spoke at the public library in Abilene for Library Day on April 6. He had book signings during April at Hastings Book Stores in Manhattan, Kansas, and Ponca City, Stillwater, Enid, Bartlesville, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. 4/28/2006
    Greg German, District 2, Kansas City, appeared with Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden in the inaugural Kansas Poets Shoptalk, offered in conjunction with the Kansas Arts Commission at 23 teleconference sites across the state, on April 4, 2006. Greg has four poems published on the Poet Laureate’s web site: “A Tired Farmer Goes to Town,” A Brave Farmer Goes to the Bank,” “Sow 32 in Stall #9,” and “8 Neighbors and 27 Hundred Bales.” 4/7/2006
    Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, received an Honorable Mention for her personal essay “Irish Lessons” in the April 2006 Byline magazine. Her article “Kansas Takes the Cheese” was published in KANSAS! magazine, Winter 2005. 4/28/2006
    Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, was listed in “Readers’ Favorite Kansas Poets Familiar, New,” by Arlice Davenport, and her poem “The Prom” was included in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, April 23, 2006. Colleen was nominated by Diane Wahto, Wichita. 4/25/2006
    Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, has poems published on the Kansas Poets web site, a project of Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden. Her four poems include "Time," "Because You Asked What My Mother Was Like, "Just Words," and "What Would Jesus Drive?" 4/23/2006
    William J. Karnowski, District 4 , Wamego, has poems published on the Kansas Poets web site, a project of Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden. His four poems include "Flat Water," "Kansas," "Wolf," and "Night." Bill was interviewed about his poetry on Channel 49’s Good Morning, Kansas on April 18. Go to www.49abcnews.com, under search type in Bill Karnowski, and click on video. He also signed books at the Wamego Tulip Festival, April 22 and 23. 4/30/2006
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, gave a program on “Writing Your Family Stories” for her PEO chapter on April 27, 2006. 4/28/2006
    Robert Lawson, District 1, Topeka, has poems published on the Kansas Poets web site, a project of Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden. His four poems include "Somewhere Near Abilene," "Definition," "The Bridge of Dreams," and "William Stafford—A Giant Within." 4/23/2006
    Barbara Lerma, District 1, Overbrook, published her column “The Safari Film Festival” in the Osage County Herald on March 30, 2006. The festival, held in Chanute, April 21-22, honors Martin and Osa Johnson pioneer filmmakers and authors from Independence and Cherryvale. 4/28/2006
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, was featured on the front page of the April 2006 Kaw Valley Senior Monthly in “Mach’s latest novel focuses on compassion” by Kevin Groenhagen. Tom talked about All Parts Together, his second historical novel, on April 8 at the Book Barn in Leavenworth and at Barnes & Noble in Topeka. Also, Tom and Jim Peters, Director of Marketing for KU Continuing Education, co-taught a workshop “Discovering the Beauty of the Written Word” sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas Continuing Education Program. Tom was on KLWN radio on April 15. He spoke at the Delphos, Kansas, library on April 24 and at the Optimist Club in Concordia, Kansas, on April 25.. updated 5/5/2006
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, has written and published Diary of a German War Bride, the story of her mother’s life. The book begins when as a young girl, she receives a diary for her birthday in 1910 in Coblenz, Germany, and continues through her marriage to an American soldier and their family life in the United States. 4/28/2006
    Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, presented a program of “Poetic Observations” at a luncheon meeting of the Topeka Chapter of National League of American Pen Women on April 8, in Topeka. Both artists and writers participated, producing insightful haiku combined with their own art work or calendar photos to form haiga. Nichols praised the April 9 performance of Washburn University students in “Review: Mozart captures Topeka with ‘Figaro’,” published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, April 22, 2006. 4/22/2006
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, won First Place in the 2006 Jessie Perry Stratford Contest sponsored by the Butler County Historical Society with a paper titled “Bodarc Community Churches and Cemeteries.” Kanhistique published her article “Bodarc Block goes on the auction block” in the April-June 2006 edition. Another article “My Clothespins are Semi-Retired” appeared in the May 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 4/27/2006
    Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, has poems published on the Kansas Poets web site, a project of Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden. Her four poems include "Kansas Wind," "Decorum," "October Chase," and "Drought." 4/7/2006
    Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, published “Do you want to expostulate?” in his regular column, "Grizzly's This ’N That" in the May 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 4/25/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, published Moody Blue, a new book of poetry, on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. Elvis meets the Wizard on a fantastical trip to Kansas. 4/28/2006
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had two articles, “Surviving 8 Days with a Five-Year-Old and Her Cats” and “Whalen and Willie,” published in the May 2006 Kansas Senior Times. Frankie’s article “Each Friend Has Enriched Life” appeared in the Summer 2006 Brave Hearts. 4/30/2006
    Loretta F. Ross, District 1, Topeka, has a chapter titled “Rural Spiritual Direction” in the recently published book, Spiritual Direction in Context, edited by Nick Wagner, Morehouse Publishing. The book was featured at the conference of Spiritual Directors International in California in April. She signed copies of her book Letters from the Holy Ground at a recent retreat in Wichita on Dark Night of the Soul, which she led. Her essay on consumerism appears in the current issue of Making Haqqodesh (the holy ground) available at no charge to those who request a sample issue. 4/28/2006
    Margaret Shauers, District 6, Great Bend, has an article entitled “Johnny's House” in the new God Allows U-Turns for Women: The Choices We Make. 4/28/2006
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had three articles published in the May 2006 Kansas Senior Times: “Memories of the Departed,” “Graduation Comes at Last,” and “My Mother's Song.” The Summer 2006 issue of Brave Hearts includes Doris’s article “The Faith of Our Fathers.” 4/27/2006
    Anne Shiever, District 4, Salina, had her poem, "Ambition," published as the "Poetry of Kansas" selection in Kansas Traveler, Spring 2006. The publishers of Kansas Traveler, John and Susan Howell, Wichita, are District 5 members. 4/27/2006
    Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor of the Wichita Eagle published April 4, 2006. The title was “Kansans Need to Rethink Ways.” 4/28/2006
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 1, Topeka, received an honorable mention in the Kansas Voices Contest for her short story “In America.” 416 Kansas authors submitted 1015 short stories and poems to the contest. Tracy has been invited to read her story at a public reading of the winning works on May 6, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at Baden Square, 700 Gary, Winfield KS. Tracy also published an article, “Experience versus Being Taught,” in the March/April 2006 issue of Live Free Learn Free. 4/28/2006   
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had three articles published in the May 2006 Kansas Senior Times: “A Passionate Collector of Singer Sewing Machines” on the front page, “AARP Tax-Aide in Demand,” and “Returning to the Old Country for Golden Confirmation.” 4/25/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, published “Sharing with Others: Join a community garden,” her monthly article under Grow Your Garden in Active Life, a supplement to the Wichita Eagle on April 6, 2006. 4/28/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has poems published on the Kansas Poets web site, a project of Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden. His five poems include "1942," "Goodbye, "Thoughts on the Unfairness of Life," "Royalty" and "Introduction to Physics." Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, filled in for Max, April 6, at the CULS Luncheon [College and University Libraries Section of the Kansas Library Association], Tri-Conference of Kansas Librarians, Century II, Wichita. She read from his novel, The Moon Butter Route. 4/23/2006

March 2006

   Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, discussed his book In His Brother’s Shadow at the meeting of the Washburn Book Club, March 2, Washburn University. The book is about Thomas Ward Custer (the brother of General George Custer), who received two Medals of Honor during the Civil War and died at Little Bighorn, fighting alongside his famous older brother. Roy is a Topeka librarian/historian/adjunct professor who has written numerous books about Kansas history, including a history of Washburn University. 3/3/2006
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has her story "Clarity in the Midst of Chaos" included in a new anthology of uplifting true stories honoring nursing professionals. The collection is A Cup of Comfort for Nurses by Adams Media. 3/30/2006
    Christie Breault, District 5, Benton, organized the Benton Grade School 6th Annual Writing Contest and had over 350 entries in prose, poetry and artwork. The culmination of the contest will be publication of a book. Iris Cox-Pearce, District 5, Sandia Park NM; Dr. James Wright, District 5, Bel Aire; and Robin Langhardt judged. 3/29/2006
    Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka, had two articles published in the Spring 2006 issue of ERC Now! “Dollhouse to be auctioned at Patron Party” featured a photograph of Nedra Spingler with the dollhouse she created. “Hand Carving Donated” is an interview with Dr. Don Mahrle about the decorative duck decoy he made for the auction. 3/29/2006
    Bob Carey, District 1, Topeka, was featured on the front page of the March 2006 issue of Kansas Senior Times. 3/29/2006
    Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, had an article, “Military Buttons Reveal Clues About Their Owners” published in the Spring 2006 issue of Post Returns, published by the Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays. The article describes methods of dating buttons excavated at the historic site and gives clues about the stories of the men who wore them. 3/30/2006
    Matt Copeland, District 1, Topeka, recently won a Kansas Arts Commission min-Fellowship for Fiction. 3/208/2006
    Jerry Engler
, District 4, Marion, discussed his book, Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland, at a brown bag lunch for Friends of the El Dorado Public Library at noon on March 13. 3/15/2006
   Lydia Gonzales, District 7, Garden City, was asked to read her story Ringo/Gringo to the students at Charles Stone Intermediate Center in Garden City on Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and 23. She was invited to be a guest for their chili supper on Thursday. It was part of the literacy program for their school. Lydia was also in Topeka on Friday, March 3, for the Hispanic Day at the Capitol as an author, with an exhibit table. 3/4/2006
    Dorothy Janke, District 7, Russell Springs, had her poem “On My List” published in the March 2006 Grit. Her poem “A Woman’s Song” won an honorable mention in Byline's women's poem contest, announced in the March issue. 3/29/2006
    Bill Karnowski, Disrtict 4, Wamego, read some of his poems at the 2006 Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka Children's Writing Contest awards ceremony, March 12, 2006, Barnes & Noble, Topeka. Myron Dunavan, District 1, Topeka, servd as master of ceremonies. There were 33 entries in prose and poetry on the theme of Kansas in this year’s contest. Thanks to District 1 members Linda Geffert, Janice Levering, and George Paris, Topeka, who served as judges for the contest. 3/14/2006
    Mike Klaassen, District 5, Wichita, had his novel, The Brute, reviewed by the e-mail on the Tuesday, March 28, "a-review-a-day" service of Watermark Books, Wichita. The reviewer was Donna Rothgeb of Independence, Kansas, who cites the book's “constant action and compelling interactions.” 3/28/2006
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has been recognized for bringing energy through her stories to a new website called Our Echo where writers can post their work and enter any of several concurrent contests, plus try for the $100 prize for one top story each month. Two of Nancy’s stories, “Love in a Box” and “Joe’s Castle” were posted during March 2006. 3/29/2006
    Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, has organized her 4th Annual Youth Writing Contest for the Harveyville area and has 80 participants. 3/29/2006
    Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, reports that Barbour Books has accepted her proposal for their new mystery line, Spyglass Lane Mysteries. In the Dead of Winter (the current working title) should be released either at the end of 2006 or early 2007. Nancy reviewed The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club by Susan McBride and Fire Sale: V.I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky (both KS authors) in “McBride not getting bored with the same character” in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, March 5. 3/11/2006
    Judith Miller, District 1, Topeka, signed books with Cyndy Salzman and Carol Umbarger at Bible Books and Gift, Topeka, and Bible Book and Gift, Olathe. Both events were on Saturday, March 4. She also signed books at Above All Else bookstore in White Lakes Plaza on March 18th. Judith is the author of First Dawn and Morning Sky, historical novels based on the all-Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. 3/22/2006 update
    Margaret P. Morrison, District 5, Wichita, received an honorable mention for her children's story, “Come See the Sea,” in the April 2006 ByLine magazine. 3/29/2006
    Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his memoir, Spatzies and Brass BBs: Life in a One-Room Country School, at the Toy Store, Topeka, on March 11. 3/12/2006
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, won 1st place in the 2006 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Annual Fiction Writing Contest with her flash fiction “Turn of Events.” Roxie’s article “My Legacy” appeared in the April 2006 Kansas Senior Times. Her “Doll House Castle a Dream Revisited” was published in the April 2006 issue of The Best Times. 3/29/2006
    Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, read from his book Dispatches from Kansas, a collection of essays, and signed books at the Book Barn, 410 Delaware, Leavenworth, on Saturday, March 4. 3/4/2006
    Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, received recognition in poetry contests sponsored by the National League of Pen Women: honorable mention for “Quietus” in the Elizabeth M. Campbell Poetry Award (any subject, any form, including free verse), third place for “Family Trees” in the Helen Sutton Booth National Memorial Poetry Award (traditional poems), and first place for “Immortality,” a Shakespearean sonnet, in the Catherine Cushman Leach 2006 Poetry Award (any subject in any form except free verse). Naomi’s monthly column appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday, March 28. “Patterson: Looking down on rich, self” asks “When some have nothing, how much is too much?” 3/29/2006
    Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, wrote about “Golf—what a fun game!” in his monthly column Grizzly’s This ’N That for the April 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 3/29/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, received an Eppie Award at the EPIC Conference in San Antonio on Saturday, March 18. His book of poetry Ghostly Embers: Visions of Toledo tied for first place. EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, is a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors. The annual contest for members recognizes the best book in 18 categories. Larry’s poem “Stationary Front” appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World on March 12. Larry’s newest book of poetry, Moody Blue: A Kansas Fantasy, in which he explores what might have happened if Elvis Presley had visited Kansas, will be released in April. 3/29/2006
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had an article “When Daddy whistled for a boy” published in the April 2006 Kansas Senior Times. Her article “A Lesson in Honest Work” appeared in the April 2006 issue of The Best Times. 3/29/2006
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had three articles published in the April 2006 issue of Kansas Senior Times: “The Choice is Yours,” “Farewell to the Country School,” and “Enjoying Hawaii in the Golden Years.” 3/29/2006
    LeNore Stumpf, Distict 3, Axtell, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday, March 28. “Too late to change,” in response to a news item about PETA’s promotion of a vegetarian diet, supports eating meat from LeNore’s perspective of having grown up on a Kansas farm. 3/29/2006
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article “At 91, Katie Russell can still bowl 'em over” published on the front page of the April 2006 issue of Kansas Senior Times. Another story, “Floy Loomis, petite lady with a big heart” appeared in the same issue. 3/29/2006
    Grant Williams, District 3, Coffeyville, .has recently had a feature article published in Voice of the Diabetic, a magazine available in doctors’ offices and medical facilities and on line. “Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life!” appears in the Winter 2006 edition, and Grant’s picture is on the cover. Grant encouraged people with diabetes to focus on doing the things they love and mentioned his love of writing. 3/22/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had two novels, The Revival and Tales from Comanche County, reviewed by Laurel Johnson in the March 2006 Midwest Book Review. "Max Yoho is the King of charming humor," according to Johnson. "In my experience, as both reader and reviewer, he has no equal." 3/29/2006

February 2006

    Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, signed books at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, Saturday, February 25. Mark is the author of two mysteries, Cracks in the Rainbow and Max Conquers the Cosmos. 2/27/2006
    Lydia Gonzales, District 7, Garden City, had two signings for her new children’s book Gringo/Ringo: January 13 at the Finney County Public Library and January 19 at Commerce Bank West, Garden City. At previous District 7 meetings she had read some of her hilarious stories about Gringo/Ringo. 2/1/2006
    Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, reviewed The Moon Butter Route by Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, February 5, 2006. “Readers will be captivated by this rollicking tale about a boy who finds himself stuck in the middle of a community creatively dealing with the trials of Prohibition. He is surrounded by a cast of characters that would keep anyone on their toes.” 2/5/2006
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had a humor article, “A Fashion Plate He Isn’t,” in the February 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 2/9/2006
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Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had an article, “Teacher Taught Life Lessons,” in the Spring 2006 Brave Hearts. 2/9/2006
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had two articles published in the February 2006 issue of the Kansas Senior Times: “The ‘Friendly Fire’ of the Pot-Bellied Stove” and “The Best Is Yet to Be!” 2/9/2006
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had two articles published in the February 2006 Kansas Senior Times: “These Volunteers Are Visible Throughout the Hospital” and “The Red Hat Society—Aging Playfully.” Another article, “Dad Taught Fourth Grade,” was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Brave Hearts. 2/9/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, wrote about “Pursuing Pussy Willows” in her monthly column Grow Your Garden in Active Life, a supplement to the February 2, 2006, Wichita Eagle. 2/9/2006
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, discussed his career as a writer in the "Life of a Kansas Author Series--Adventures in Learning," Shepherd's Center of Topeka, on February 3. There, he read excerpts from his books The Revival; Tales from Comanche County; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious; and The Moon Butter Route. Yoho signed books at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, February 16, and at Watermark Books, Wichita, February 26. Also, Yoho's The Moon Butter Route was recently reviewed in the e-zine fresh fiction by fellow Topekan Morgan Chilson. updated 2/27/2006
    Several members of Kansas Authors Club joined other authors from around the state for a special afternoon book-signing event at Kansas Originals Market near Wilson, on February 18. Participating members were Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg; Jerry W. Engler, District 4, Marion, Mike Klaassen, District 5, Valley Center, Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, and Anne Shiever, District 4, Salina. 2/20/06

January 2006

    Griff Argo, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor, “Try opening mind.” published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, January 12, 2006. Griff answered rhetorical questions raised by Kyle Volle, Grantville, in response to Griff’s letter, “Same old story,” and other letters concerning Darwinism and Intelligent Design that appeared on December 5, 2005. 1/17/2006
    Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, had an article published in the November/December Kansas Preservation, p.19-20. “Field Medicine at Fort Hays” discussed metal medicine containers from the 1870s unearthed at the fort. Post Returns, a publication of the Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays, reprinted two articles from Kansas Preservation: “Protecting the Trail and the Teeth,” Fall 2005, about tooth washes for oral hygiene, and “Rediscovering the Youngsters of Fort Hays,” Winter 2005, p.3-4, about toys excavated at old Fort Hays, from January/February 2005. 1/20/2006
    Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, discussed his book I’d Rather Be on Safari on January 26, 2006, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka. A compilation of the best moments from over 100 safaris he has experienced, the book even includes tips on preparing for your own expedition to Africa. 1/27/2006
    Matt Copeland, District 1, Topeka, discussed making reading and writing come alive in the classroom. His presentation was February 15 at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Matt, who teaches English at Washburn Rural High School, received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in November 2005. His book, Socratic Circles: Fostering Creative Thinking in the Middle and High School, describes a teaching method he has developed to use in his classroom. 1/27/2006
    Echoes of El Dorado, a newly released compilation of work by writers in El Dorado, includes several members of Kansas Authors Club District 5. The book was produced by Denice Morris, El Dorado, and Carol Murray, District 6, Hutchinson, who was Artist-in- Residence for the Fine Art of Living Well program.
    Ted Farmer: “The Settlers,” “Isador Molk,” “Moon and Stars,” “The Call,” and “A Song of Home.”
    Bill Johnson: “Black Gold,” “YMCA,” “Susie’s,” and, co-authored with his wife Norma Johnson, “Salvation Army Band.”
    Gail Martin: “Clothes Line,” “Ruben Waller,” “Hometown Sharing,” “I once was a bug named Flurry,” and “Did You Know Jack?”
    Emma Miller: “Ode to Mr. Dickson,” “Helen Case,” “Helen Bobbitt,” “El Dorado Health Club,” “Fine Dining in El Dorado,” “Historic Depot,” and “My Name Is Mrs. Miller”
   Cynthia Ross, Towanda: “Grandma’s Quilt,” “Icicle,” “Sunflowers,” “Kansas Seagulls,” “Justin,” and “Smile.” 1/17/2006

    Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, will have his sonnet “Uisce Beatha” published in the Midwinter edition of Bardsong Journal. The title is Irish Gaelic with two translations, both figuring in the meaning of the poem: water of life and whiskey. The poem received an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest. 1/17/2006
    
Mike Klaassen, District 5, Valley Center, is among several Kansas authors whose books are featured in “Prairie Potpourri” in the Winter 2005 issue of KANSAS! Magazine. Mike’s young adult novel The Brute follows a teen who faces terrible obstacles on a Boy Scout camping trip in the Flint Hills. 1/17/2006
    Nancy Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an essay, “Clinging To Field's Memories,” published in a Chicago suburban newspaper, The Oak Leaves, in December 2005. Four instructional articles were published during 2005 at the online site of the Institute of Children's Literature: “The Pinocchio Factor,” “POV: Pride of Victory? Puffed Out Verbs?” “Thinking About Theme,” and “Gourmet Touches—Titles and Quotes.” Articles published in MedHunters Journal, a Canadian publication, were “Reaping Rewards,” “What Happened to Mom?” “Heart Smart,” and “A Race for Life.” HeartCatchers.com published “Turkey in the Raw” in November 2005 and “A Christmas for Julie” in December. 1/17/2006
    
Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, reviewed First Dawn by Judith Miller, District 1, Topeka, in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, January 8, 2006. In “‘First Dawn,’ set in Nicodemus, chronicles lives of pioneers,” Mehl says the historical novel creates “a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those who settled our prairies.”1/8/2006
    Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, responded to a column by Dr. Bill Roy in a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal published on January 12, 2006. “Capitalism rules” asserted that “democracy in this country has been giving way to capitalism.” 1/17/2006
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had a reprint of her article “A Generation Gorge” published in the January 2006 Kansas Senior Times. 1/17/2006 An article “Ima Washout” appeared in the January-March 2006 issue of Kanhistique. It is about Bert Shore, past editor and columnist for the Augusta Daily Gazette. Shore was the first woman editor named to the honor roll of outstanding Kansas newspaper workers during Editor's Day at the University of Kansas in 1963. 1/28/2006
    Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, wrote about her initiation into the human race (at age 10) in her column published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on December 27, 2005. In “Patterson: Sense on unity resolute,” she notes the price of empathy and resolves to try harder to stay in touch with “the revelation of humankind's oneness.” 1/17/2006
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, has received a 4-heart review in the on-line Heartland Reviews for the most recent novel in his Palmer Morel mystery series, Blue Ice, which captures “the criminal feel of Kansas City.” The plot involves the sale a defunct theater about to be grabbed by eminent domain for redevelopment. The reviewer is Bob Spear, District 1, Leavenworth, publisher of Heartland Reviews. Bob, a new member of Kansas Authors Club, is also publisher of Spear’s Mint Editions, Acquisition Editor for Looking Glass Press, and co-owner of The Book Barn, a store in Leavenworth. He has recently launched The Community Newspaper Syndicate to provide quality content to small community newspapers. 1/24/2006
    ;Rochelle spoke and signed copies of Blue Ice at the Foul Play bookstore in Westerville, Ohio, on February 25. 1/27/2006
    Anne Shiever, District 4, Salina, has had her latest book of poetry, Captivated in the Heart of Love and Romance, nominated for Best Poetry Book of 2005, a distinction awarded by Muse Review. 1/17/2006
    
Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor published on Thursday, January 12, 2006, in the Wichita Eagle. “Religion tough to dramatize,” commented on NBC's The Book of Daniel and other movies and television shows dealing with religion. 1/17/2006
    
Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had two articles published in the January 2006 Kansas Senior Times: “Lutheran Ladies Continue Quilting Tradition” and “Combined Choir Promotes Christian Spirit.” 1/17/2006 Ursula also had an article about her dog Rusty published in Grit. “Dog Enriched Home with Intelligence, Spirit” appeared in the Petting Zoo section of the February 2006 issue. 1/30/2006
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly gardening article published in the Jan. 5, 2006, issue of Active Life, supplement to the Wichita Eagle. “Coping with Cabin Fever” featured tips from seven gardeners, among them Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado. 1/8/2006

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