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December

John Stewart Curry by Alice Bertels   Alice Bertels, District 1, Topeka, announces that copies of her book for children, John Stewart Curry: The Road Home, are available for sale at the Washburn University Book Store. This work was included as a 2007 Kansas Notable Book. Alice is District 1's newest member. 12/6/2007
   Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, signed copied of Civil War and the Indian War at the Washburn University Book Store holiday party, December 5, 2007. 12/6/2007
   Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her review of naturalist Osa Johnson's book for children, Snowball, published in Kansas Traveler, Winter, 2008. 12/20/2007
   Randall Martin, District 1 President, Topeka, had his story "Don't Count Your Chickens" chosen as a runner-up in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's Mysterious Photo contest for October, 2007, and his story "Be It Ever So Humble…" in the November, 2007, contest. Randall has won this monthly contest once, and has had six runner-up entries. This is his third runner-up in a row. His name and hometown will appear in the April, 2008, and the May, 2008, issues of the magazine. 12/11/2007
    Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, had her letter, "Help the Helpers," published in The Topeka Capital-Journal, December 20, 2007. The letter urges financial support of the Salvation Army and Red Cross during this holiday season. 12/20/2007
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had her article, "Doll Broke? Call Doll Doc," published in Kansas Traveler, Winter, 2008. 12/20/2007
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had two articles, "Going Home to Kansas for Christmas" and "Bessie Nurtures a Big and Happy Family," published in The Kansas Senior Times, December, 2007. 12/11/2007
    Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, signed copies of her book, Small Town Showdown, at the Kansas State Historical Society Store on November 30, 2007 and at the Washburn University Book Store holiday party, December 5, 2007. 12/6/2007
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, announces that his novel The Moon Butter Route, winner of the 2007 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award and 2006 Kansas Notable Book, has been made available in unabridged audio format by Kansas University's Audio-Reader Service. Reader is Geri Fordice. KU's Audio-ReaderAny person whose eyesight or physical condition make it difficult or impossible to read a newspaper or book may receive their broadcasts. There is no charge for service. Max's other two novels, The Revival and Tales from Comanche County, are available for purchase or rental in unabridged audio format from Books in Motion of Spokane, WA. 12/6/2007

November

    Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, spoke at a meeting of the Atchison Co. Genealogical Society, Atchison Public Library, on Nov. 6, 2007, and signed books at the Pittsburg Public Library on November 13, 2007 Marshall Clark featured in Kaw Valley Senior Monthlyand The Book Barn, Leavenworth, on November 17, 2007. Civil War and the Indian Wars is his newly published work. 11/23/2007
    Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, was featured in "Clark's life has been an 'eclectic's buffet'," in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, November, 2007. 11/23/2007
    Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, signed copies of her book, Small Town Showdown, at Hastings Book Store, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka, on Sunday, November 11, 2007. 11/23/2007
    Laurel Johnson, District 4, Washington, is co-writer of an Amazon Short called Ask a Reviewer, answering questions asked by writers about the review process.  Amazon Shorts are short stories or articles sold by digital download on Amazon for 49 cents.  It was one of three articles chosen as Editor's Pick and has been selling well so far. 11/18/2007
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, is a new member of KAC. She experience as a screen writer and movie producer, and has written for television. She announces publication of her latest book, Screen Writers Q & A, by Author House. 11/23/2007
I Kneeded It by Peg Nichols    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, announces publication of I Kneeded It, a book of poems written during her recovery from knee surgery. The book was published by Tanos Book Publishing of Coffeyville. Peg has received third place in the Published Non-Fiction category in the Arizona Authors Association 2007 competition for Mediation Survivor's HandBook. She attended the Association for Conflict Resolution Conference in Phoenix, AZ, and received her award in person. 11/18/2007
    Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission, has had two poems published recently in The Kansas City Star. "Samhain" was published Oct. 27, 2007, and "First Freeze" was published Nov. 3, 2007. 11/12/2007
    William Mark Simmons, District 6, Hutchinson, sign books at Hastings Bookstore, Hutchinson, on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Mark is author of seven novels, many in the science fiction genre. The first novella-length installment of Pathfinder, a long-form, post-apocalyptic fable, was published in August. Simmons has been called a “Master of Twisted Humorous Fantasy.” 11/20/2007
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had two articles published in the October, 2007, issue of The Kansas Senior Times. They were: "Remember September 11 by appreciating everyday gifts" and "Meet me at the Farmer's Market." Two of her articles are in November's Kansas Senior Times. They are "A cloud over Thanksgiving" and "A Veteran of Life, Making Experience Count." Capper's published her piece "Computer makes life easier for grandmother" and BraveHearts published her piece about autumn. Doris continues to write a weekly column, "Remember When" for the Taste of Life Stolen Justice, by Karen Stokespage of the Hutchinson News each Wednesday and an "I Remember" column for the Rural Messenger. 11/23/2007
    Karen Stokes, District 6, Larned, announces publication of her new suspense novel, Stolen Justice. Copies are available for purchase from Amazon.com. 11/20/2007
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, signed copies of her book, A Different Kind of Kin: For Relatives of Persons with Autism, at Watermark Books, Wichita, on October 28, 2007. Annette tells the story from the perspective of a sibling who grew up in the fifties with a sister who had autism. 11/23/2007
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had a stanza from his "Cornbread Poem" [©2004; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious; Dancing Goat Press] reprinted on in The Cornbread Gospels, a new cook book by Crescent Dragonwagon [©2007, Workman Publishing, NY]. 11/11/2007

October

Musings of a Romantic Soul, by Debra Brock Bateman    Debra Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth, announces publication of her third book, Musings of a Romantic Soul, 116 pgs., published by Authorhouse. 10/19/2007
    Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, held a signing for his newly published book, Civil War and the Indian Wars, at Watermark Books, Wichita, on September 23, 2007. He presented at the KS Assn. of School Libraries, Williams Magent School, Topeka, on Sept. 22, 2007, and at the Kansas Book Festival, Koch Arena, Wichita, on Oct. 4 & 5, 2007. Roy also spoke at a Kansas Center for the Book event for Educator Appreciation Week, Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on Oct. 13, 2007 and was a guest writer at River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, on Oct. 14, 2007. Roy spoke at a meeting of the Atchison Co. Genealogical Society, Atchison Public Library, on Nov. 6, 2007. 10/16/2007
    Mark Bouton, District 4, Waubausee Co., was a guest writer at River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, on Oct. 14, 2007. 10/16/2007
Dream Power by Mary Jo Grant    Mary Jo Davis Grant, District 5, El Dorado, had her book Dream Power: Can Our Dreams Make Us Well? published in 2007 by SterlingHouse Books. Her poems "Prayers" and "?" have been published in the online version of Sacred Journey journal. 10/4/2007
     Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, received the 2007 Ferguson History Book Award at the Kansas Authors Club convention in Wichita. Awards were announce at the Saturday evening banquet. Duane's book, By Thy Strengthening Grace: A Brief History of the First One Hundred Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Topeka, 1906-2006, was published by the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Topeka, 2006. 10/16/2007
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an article, "How's Your Life," published in the October, 2007, issue of Ozarks' Senior Living. 10/19/2007
     Randall Martin, District 1 President, Topeka, had his story "Fiddlin' On The Roof" chosen as a runner-up in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's September 2007 Mysterious Photo contest. His name and hometown will appear in the March 2008 issue of the magazine. 10/11/2007    
     Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, spoke to the National League of American Pen Women, Topeka branch, about her book, Diary of a German Mediation Survivor's Handbook by Peg NicholsWar Bride, on October13, 2007. Trudy's book won the 2006 J. Donald Coffin Book Award of KAC. 10/31/2007 
    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, announces that her book Mediation Survivor's HandBook is a finalist in the Published Non-Fiction category in the Arizona Authors Association 2007 competition. 10/2/2007
    Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, has two articles published in the Fall, 2007, online magazine Eye on Kansas. His work includes "Mistake Puts Alma Couple on Stony Road to Success" and "As Eyesight Dims, Waterville Muralist Turns to Home." Also, Tom's business, Blue Rapids Mercantile, helped sponsor "Art in the Barn" in Floral Hall, an octagonal barn built 91 years ago and standing on the fairgrounds at Blue Rapids. The event was October 20 and 21, 2007, and featured live music and Kansas authors speaking about their work. 10/29/2007
    Larry Rochelle, District 2, Pittsboro, N.C., was awarded the 2007 Nelson Poetry Book Award at the Kansas Authors Club convention in Wichita. Awards were announce at the Saturday evening banquet. Larry's book, Home Schooled, was published in April 2007. 10/16/2007
    Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, announces publication Small Town Showdown by Eileen Umbehrof Small Town Showdown, the true story of events surrounding a law suit filed by her husband Keen, an Alma trash hauler, in protection of his First Amendment rights. The title is available through Amazon.com and Borders.com. Some Hastings Book Stores will also be carrying it. Eileen also writes a weekly column titled "Reflections" for The Prairie Post in White City. 10/2/2007
    Jane Vajnar, District 4, Tampa, took first place in the Kansas Senior Spelling Bee, Salina, KS, in mid-October, 2007. There were 48 contestants from 27 cities. As winner, Jane was presented with a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to Cheyenne, WY, to compete in the National Senior Citizens Spelling Bee in June, 2008. Judges were retired U.S. Sen. Nancy Kasselbaum Baker; retired broadcaster Max Falkenstein; and Rep. Josh Svaty (who is not a senior citizen!) Jane is a retired English teacher. 10/29/2007
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was awarded the 2007 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award at the Kansas Authors Club convention in Wichita. Awards were announce at the Saturday evening banquet. Max's book, The Moon Butter Route, was published by Dancing Goat Press in 2006. Max was also a guest writer at River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, on Oct. 14, 2007. 10/16/2007

September

Civil War and the Indian Wars by Roy Bird      Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, had his article "Destination Libraries" published in Kansas Traveler, Fall, 2007. Roy also announces publication of his latest book, Civil War and the Indian Wars, his second popular title in the series published by Pelican. This is Bird's fifteenth published book. He will be traveling to several events across Kansas throughout the remainer of 2007 to discuss and sign copies of his new book. 9/21/2007
       Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her article "Sixth Adventures in the Time Machine" published in Kids' Kansas section of Kansas Traveler, Fall, 2007. 9/21/2007
     Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, had two articles, "Wild West History Comes Alive in Caldwell" and "Kansas Wetlands—National Scenic Catching the Rain by Wm. J. KarnowskiByway," published in Kansas Traveler, Fall, 2007. 9/21/2007
      William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, will have his book of poetry Catching the Rain reviewed in the upcoming addition of The Flint Hills Review. The Kansas Poets website has added Bill's poem "Flint Hills" to the "Kansas Poems" section of their website. 9/7/2007
      Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has her story "It's The Simple Things" included in a new anthology, A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas, being released in September. "A Spoonful of Fudge" will be published in Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul in Otober and "Everyday Tea" published in Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover's Soul (also in October), for a current total of six stories in Chicken Soup books. Nancy also had her article "A Passion For Purple" published in Kansas Traveler, Fall, 2007. 9/21/2007
    Frankie Roland and Ursula Turner, both District 3, Coffeyville, held a book signing at the Cherryvale Museum, celebrating its 43rd anniversary. Frankie's book is To EVEN the Score. Ursula's two titles include A Mother's Sins and Hello There... Have a Nice Day. The signing occurred Sept. 9, 2007. Former KAC state president, Fern Wood also took part. Fern is Special Exhibits coordinator at the museum. 9/10/2007
      Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had his opinion, "Limit Health Costs," published under Reader Views on the Opinion Page of The Wichita Eagle, Sept. 18, 2007. 9/20/2007
      Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, has a short story, "Neighbors in America," published in the fifth edition of Kansas City Voices. Her essay, "The Greater Good," will appear in the next issue of Connections Ezine of Unschooling and Mindful Parenting. She also has an article on best gift ideas for children coming out in the November/December, 2007, issue of Southern Families Magazine. 9/26/2007
      Wm. Mark Simmons, District 6, Hutchinson, announces that the first, novella-length installment of his epic, post-apocalyptic fable “Pathfinder” was published in August by Yard Dog Press in chapbook format. Also, Mark's first short story is being published in the a special fiction collection for the FenCon IV convention for Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors & Artists, to be held in Dallas, September, 2007. 9/5/2007
     Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her "Is Salvia a part of your garden? It should be!" published in Grow Your Garden, a regular column in Active Life, a supplement to Wichita Eagle, Sept. 6, 2007. 9/8/2007
      Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her letter to the editor, "A Perfect Moment," printed in the Topeka Capital-Journal, Sept. 13, 2007. The letter commended the annual Topeka Huff'n'Puff Hot Air Ballon Rally. 9/13/2007

August

     Wanda Molsberry Bates, District 4, Manhattan, won the Shannon Hyle Memorial Contest at ourecho.com for her entry, "For The Love Of Books." The essay may be read on-line. Wanda, 92, is a longtime member of Kansas Authors Club. 8/12/2007
     William J. Karnowski, District 2, Wamego, announces publication of his third book of poetry, Catching the Rain. Books are available from the author and through various online book merchants. 8/12/2007
     Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had "Kudos for Column" published
on the Opinion page in The Wichita Eagle, August 12, 2007. 8/19/2007
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, received an Honorable Mention for her poem "A Lesson in Manners" in Byline's Humorous Poem contest, as announced in their July, 2007, issue. 8/5/2007
      Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had her article "The Texas Centennial" published in The Kansas Senior Times, September, 2007. 8/19/2007
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Wichita, had his article "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" published in his monthly Grizzly's This 'n That column in The Kansas Senior Times, for August, 2007. His September, 2007, Grizzly's This 'n That column was "Break the Mold." 8/19/2007
     Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article "Mother's Actions, Wisdom Made Her a Hero" published in Brave Hearts, Fall, 2007, issue. Her article "'What Can I Do?' Just Do What You Can" was published in The Kansas Senior Times, August, 2007. Frankie also had two articles, "Some Memories My Grandparents Left Me" and "Hello? Who?," published in The Kansas Senior Times, September, 2007. 8/19/2007
     Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had two articles, "No Time like the Present to start projects!" and "Having Fun Living Longer" published in The Kansas Senior Times, August, 2007. She had two articles, "How did we survive the heat wave back then?" and "Happy Days of High School," published in the the September, 2007, issue. Doris continues her weekly column in the Hutchinson News on the Taste of Life page every Wednesday entitled "Remember When?" and her weekly column for the Rural Messenger entitled "I Remember." 8/27/2007
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article "Genesis helps those affected by Coffeyville Flood" published in The Kansas Senior Times, August, 2007. Ursula also had two articles, "The Origins of Grandparent's Day" and "Animals Never Fear when Frankie is Near" published in The Kansas Senior Times, September, 2007. 8/19/2007
     Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Hot, and Hardy Hibiscus" published in Grow Your Garden, a regular column in Active Life, a supplement to Wichita Eagle, Aug. 2, 2007. 8/5/2007

July

The Midwest Quarterly, Summer 2007     Nine KAC members have poems published in The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, Vol. XLVIII, No. 4, Summer, 2007, a publication of Pittsburg State University. The issue is devoted to Kansas poets. Included were: Greg German, District 2, Kansas City, "The Farmer's Wife"; Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, "On The Hillside"; Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, "In Search of John Juda's Grave"; William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, "The Smell of Sunrise"; Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, "Somewhere Near Abilene"; Eric A. McHenry, District 1, Seattle, WA, "Hypermart"; Naomi B. Petterson, District 1, Topeka, "Decorum"; Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission, "The Gardener"; and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, "Vacant Lot — Colony, KS". Six other KAC poets were mentioned in this issue: Ann Everett, District 5, Wichita; Conrad Jetmore, District 5, Wichita; Judie R. Miller, District 1, Topeka; Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa, Rosemary Parsons Torrez, District 1, Topeka, and Barbara Watermann-Peters, District 1, Topeka. 7/17/2007
     Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her article, "Kids' Kansas: Time Machine Trip #5," published in The Kansas Senior Times, July, 2007.
Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Horses of Hope Riding Center - It's a Winner," published in the Kansas Traveler, Summer, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Debra Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth, had a book signing at The Leavenworth Plaza on July 14, 2007. She signed copies of her books: A Renaissance Of The Heart, A Book Of Poetry and Awakening Of The Human Spirit, A Book Of Poetry. 7/16/2007
     Susan Howell, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Greensburg - A town with a Bright Future," published in the Kansas Traveler, Summer, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her poem "Good Intentions" published in the Summer, 2007, issue of Once Upon A Time, a magazine for children's writers. 7/22/2007
     Carol Murray, District 6, Hutchinson, announces two new books for early elementary youth, due out in August, 2007. They are a part of the Storytime Stickers series done by Sterling Publishing, Inc. Titles are Pirate Treasure Hunt and Puppy Parade. Books should be available at Barnes and Noble stores and carried by Hasting in Hutcinson. 7/1/2007
     Roxie Olmstead, District 5, August, had her article "The Little Dutch Boy," about growing up in Kansas, published in The Kansas Senior Times, July, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his article, "Do You Know What Time It Is?," published in his monthly column, Grizzly's This 'n That, in The Kansas Senior Times, July, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article, "Generations Connect on Old Fashioned Carousel," published in The Kansas Senior Times, July, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Rudy Taylor, District 3, Caney, is among authors recognized for recently published work as "2007 Kansas Notable Books" by Kansas Center for the Book. Taylor's book is Light on Main Street: Oswego, Kansas. Read the entire list of winners. 7/26/2007
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article, "Coffeyville Farmers Market Offers Fresh Produce," published in The Kansas Senior Times, July, 2007. 7/1/2007
     Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Love that Lantana" published in her Grown Your Garden column in the Active Life supplement, The Wichita Eagle, July 5, 2007. 7/14/2007
Max Yoho in Kaw Valley Senior     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was featured in "Yoho enjoys second career as author," written by Kevin Groenhagen for the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, July, 2007. This publication is available, free, at various locations in the Topeka-Lawrence area, including the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Max is also featured writer for July, 2007, at Bridge24, a web site promoting numerous Kansas authors, edited by Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka. 7/14/2007

June

     Some forty writers took part in a "Kansas Authors Book Signing" at Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia, KS, on June 9, 2007. Among them were fourteen Kansas Authors Club members: Mary Jo Amirault, District 1, Topeka; Debbie Brock Bateman, District 1, Leavenworth; Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka; Don Coldsmith, District 2, Emporia; Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion; Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka; Doris Johnson, District 2, Burlington; Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; Judith A. Miller, District 1, Topeka; Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka; John Scott O'Shea, District 2, Lenexa; Donald Pady, District 1, Topeka; Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids; and Linda Spry, District 1, Wakarusa. 6/12/2007
     Christie Breault, District 5, Benton, read from her novel for young people, Logan West: Printer's Devil, at Delano Book Room, Wichita, on June 9, 2007. She signing books after her reading. 6/12/2007
     William J. Karnowski, District 2, Wamego, announces publication of his new book of poetry, Catching the Rain. Karnowski's other volumes of poetry include Pushing the Chain and Painting the Train. 6/22/2007
    Margaret P. Morrison, District 5, Wichita, announces that her memoir, The Other End of the String, should be available in bookstores and on-line by September 1, 2007. Morrison's book recalls the stories of her family and growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s. 6/12/2007
     
J. Scott O'Shea, District 2, Lenexa, was featured author at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library's series, Sunday Afternoon with Kansas Authors, on June 3, 2007. Scott read from his book, Effect of a Whisper and signed copies following the program. 6/22/2007
     Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, announces publication of her new suspense novel, Targets of Rage, set in and around Ottawa, KS. Sam's other novels include Rose's Mountain, Wind Whispers, and She's Called Willie, 6/22/2007
     Ray "Grizzly" Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, has had his third book, Oro, The "Tail" Continues, published by Wing Span Press.  It is the second in a fictional (young adult and up) series about Oro, a telepathic dog. 6/16/2007
     Cynthia Ross, District 5, Towanda, performed a first-person characterization, "Birdwoman of Limberlost Swamp," as Gene Stratton-Porter, naturalist and author. The event was dedicated to the memory of Cynthia's sister, Shannon Hyle, and performed at the Wichita Botanica, on June 6, 2007. 6/7/2007
     Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, has begun writing a weekly column for the Wednesday Taste of Life page of the Hutchinson News. It is called “Remember When.” 6/15/2007
     Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, was featured author at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library’s series, Sunday Afternoon with Kansas Authors, on June 10, 2007. Debra discussed Untold Secrets, her new work of historical fiction involving the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. 6/22/2007
     Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly colum, Grow Your Garden, published in Active Life, supplement to The Wichita Eagle, June 7th with "Summer is time for garden vegetables." 6/7/2007
     Max Yoho, District 1 , Topeka, had a short but fiesty letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal, June 6, 2007: "Water, water anywhere?" 6/6/2007

May

     Edna Bell-Pearson, District 7, Meade, signed copies of her new book, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams, at Watermark Books, Wichita, on May 6, 2007. An excerpt can be heard on High Plains in Words, on High Plains Public Radio as an audio file. 5/8/2007
     Ted Farmer, District 5, Ed Dorado, won second place in Byline's Sonnet contest for "Wooing of Shu shag ah," as announced in their May, 2007, issue. 5/23/07
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, won the quarterly poetry contest at thedabblingmum.com, a website for writers who are mothers or grandmothers. The theme of the contest was Love, and her poem is "Granddaughter." 5/23/07
     William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, signed copies his books of poetry,  Pushing the Chain, and Painting the Train, at Wamego's annual Tulip Festival on April 21 and 22, 2007. 5/8/07
     Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, has had two articles recently published in Topeka's Metro News. "St. David's Episcopal Church and the
Fallen"was in the March 16, 2007, issue and "Trees I Have Loved" was published May 4, 2007. 5/18/2007
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, had a review of Mediation Survivor's HandBook, included in “Read All About It,” a Law Day 2007 project of the Missouri Bar Association. Her book received an "Honorable Mention," in the Reference category, 2006 Awards, Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Peg attended the awards ceremony in St. Paul, MN. Peg also had a short article, "A Sailor's Water Bucket in Kansas," published in the May issue of Latitudes and Attitudes. 5/5/2007
     Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had her article "Kansas makes a beautiful patchwork quilt" published in The Kansas Senior Times, June, 2007. 5/20/2007
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his article "Some folks are too touchy" published in his monthly column, Grizzly's This 'n That, in The Kansas Senior Times, June, 2007. 5/20/2007
     Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article “The Year Phillip Learned to Read” published in the June, 2007, issue of The Kappan.She also had her article "I found my Memorial Day hero" published in The Kansas Senior Times, June, 2007. 5/20/2007
     Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had her article "The wash day blues, a historical perspective and Air Force sergeant finds comfort in green jacket" published in The Kansas Senior Times, June, 2007. 5/20/2007
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article "Health concerns prompt drastic changes"published in the Summer, 2007, issue of Brave Hearts. Ursula also had her article "Award winning Rutledge paintings featured in Coffeyville exhibit and Crafts help retired couple fight boredom" published in The Kansas Senior Times, June, 2007. 5/20/2007
     Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, announces publication of her book, A Different Kind of Kin: For Relatives of Persons with Autism, published by Kansas Windmill Press. She is a former teacher of learning disabled children. Her masters degree is from Emporia State, with an undergraduate degree in English education is from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. Annette has had numerous articles published in local, regional and national magazines, including her monthly column 'Grow Yyour Garden' published in Active Life, supplement to The Wichita Eagle, which included “Hooked on Peppers.” in the May 3, 2007, issue. 5/18/2007

April

    Robert Beattie, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor published in April 15, 2007, edition of The Wichita Eagle titled, Inspiring Author. It was praising writer Kurt Vonnegut, who had passed away. 4/24/2007
    Edna Bell-Pearson, District 7, Meade, had an excerpt from her book Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams featured on "High Plains in Words" by High Plains Public Radio, a network of 19 stations with broadcasts which reach parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexco and Colorado. Bell-Pearson's excerpt is available on-line as an audio file (mp3). 4/14/2007
     Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, is featured in an on-line article, "Other Voices" on Limstone9, a collection of writing, art, and photography hosted by Greg German, District 2, Kansas City. The feature includes information about Roy as writer and excerpts from his work. (Greg also manages the Kansas Center for the Book and Kansas Poets web sites.) Roy was also a judge in the 2007 Poetry Out Loud statewide recitation competition for high school students. This event was held March 2, 2007, at Topeka's Brown v Board National Historic Site. 4/26/2007
     Ron Cobb, District 1, Holton, is drafting a book, Islam and Christianity, What You Need to Know. In research for his writing, Ron and his wife, Kathleen, recently visited Bosnia. Their trip was social, diplomatic and religious in scope. Ron, who is nationally certified in addiction recovery therapy, will send twelve papers in the Bosnian language to CROPS, a heroine treatment center in Bosnia, within the coming year. The Cobbs were particularly impressed with acts of religious tolerance shown them while traveling in Bosnia. 4/30/2007
    Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion, signed copies of Just Folks: Earthy Tales from the Prairie Heartland and A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two, on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka. 4/22/2007
    Marie Fletcher, District 7, Leota, had an article, "Give quality to later years," published in Brave Hearts magazine, Summer, 2007. 4/30/2007
    Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, published "Never too Late" in the April/May 2007 issue of the Country Register, and an article: "The Wabaunsee County's 7-mile Deli Route" published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 4/14/2007
    Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, read his poetry on Sunday, April 22, 2007, at the Islamic Center of Topeka. 4/22/2007
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 5, Manhattan, had her essay “Collections” published in the Ozarks' Senior Living Newspaper in March 2007. Nancy's essay “To Celebrate A Life” was published in the April 2007 issue of Ozarks' Senior Living Newspaper. Another essay, “It's Your Choice,” was accepted and will be published soon at MedHunters.com. 4/7/2007
    Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor titled “It's Their Country” published in The Wichita Eagle on April 8, 2007. The letter is in regard to Iran. 4/30/2007
    Judith McCoy Miller, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of In the Company of Secrets, the first book in the “Postcards from Pullman” trilogy, at Christian Book & Gift, Topeka. on April 7, 2007. 4/7/2007
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her book, Diary of a German War Bride, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Topeka, on Saturday, April 14, 2007.Trudy was winner of KAC's 2006 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award. 4/15/2007
     Alice Nelson, District 5, Lindsborg, had an article, "Visiting with friend motivates walker," published in Brave Hearts magazine, Summer, 2007. 4/30/2007
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, published a reprint article "Can macular degeneration really be funny?" in Active Aging, April, 2007. She had an article titled "What is News?" published in Ozark's Senior Living newspaper, April, 2007. Roxie also had a poem, " A Unique Nut," published in Brave Hearts magazine, Summer, 2007. 4/30/2007
    Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, published a reprint article "That dreaded deadline...or is it just a dead line?" in Active Aging, April, 2007. 4/8/2007
     Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had an article, "Exercise is good for body, mind and soul," published in Brave Hearts magazine, Summer, 2007. 4/30/2007
    Wm. Mark Simmons, District 6, Hutchinson, is a new KAC member, moving to Kansas from Louisiana in 2006. He writes science fiction, fantasy, humor, and horror. Habeas Corpses, his sixth novel (published in hard cover in 2005), is being released in mass market paperback in May, 2007. Dead Easy, his seventh novel, is being published in June, 2007. Both books are published under the “Baen” imprint, for Science Fiction & Fantasy, by Simon & Schuster. 4/8/2007
    Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka, has started an online blog for the Topeka Capital-Journal, His blogs are available at the cjonine web site. 4/8/2007
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had an article, "Health concerns prompt drastic changes," published in Brave Hearts magazine, Summer, 2007. 4/30/2007
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, published "The Time for Glorious Glads is Now" in her Grow Your Garden monthly column in the Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle, April 5, 2007. 4/8/2007

March

    Tom Parker, Jerry Engler, Mike Klaassen, Eunice Boeve, Tom Mach, Lori K. Reiter, Roy Bird. Not pictured are Lonnie Haden, Raymond K. Noah and Carol YohoSeveral KAC members were among Kansas authors attending an Authors Event at Kansas Originals Market and Gallery, I-70 Wilson exit 206, on March 4, 2007. Members attending included Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka; Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg; Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion; Lonnie Haden, District 4, Ellsworth; Mike Klaassen, District 5, Valley Center; Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; Raymond E. Noah, District 6, Hays (not pictured); Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids;' Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa; and Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka (not pictured, but representing her husband and KAC member, Max Yoho.) 3/7/2007
    Ralph Allen, District 5, Wichita, won several awards at the Annual Writing Contest Awards Banquet of the Kansas Writers Association, December 10, 2007. Additionally, he has been recognized with an Editor's Choice Award for his story "An Armistice Day in August" included in Our Heroes, a collection of short stories and poetry by Weems Concepts, Artemis, PA. 3/13/2007
    Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka had an article,"Book Tour of Kansas" published in Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 3/22/2007
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her article "Kids' Kansas: Time Machine Trip #4," published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 3/22/2007
    Jerry Engler, District Four, Marion, wrote news coverage of a Marion County Commission meeting in the February 27, 2007, Hillsboro Free Press, which stirred heavy public reaction in-office and on-line. Engler writes part-time for the newspaper, usually two to five articles weekly. He also signed books recently at several Hastings: February 10 in Manhattan, February 24 in Emporia, March 10 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jerry also signed books at Borders Bookstore, 2441 N Maize Rd, Wichita, on March 17, 2007. 3/28/2007
    Arlene R. Graber, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Wabaunsee County's 7-mile Deli Route," published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 3/22/2007
    Dorothy Janke, District 7, Colby, had her poem, "Dearly Beloved," published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 3/22/2007
    Bill Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, will have his poem "The Smell of Sunrise" published in a special Kansas poetry issue of the Midwest Quarterly, English Department, Pittsburg State University, Summer 2007. Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, will have his poem "Vacant Lot--Colony, Ks" published. Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, will have his poem "On the Hillside" published also. Jonathan Holden, former Kansas Poet Laureate, and Greg German, District 2, Kansas City, KS, are guest editors assisting Stephen Meats, regular poetry editor, in selecting poems for the Kansas poetry issue. 3/28/2007
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an article, "Heart Smart," published in the Februay 2007 issue of Ozarks Senior Living. Nancy also had her article, "Big Loop from East to West," published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kansas Traveler. 3/22/2007
    Barbara Lerma, District 1, Overbrook, featured Topeka's home-grown movie festival, "Silent film festival is Feb. 23-24," in her movies column in the Osage County Herald-Chronicle, February 16, 2007. 3/3/2007
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has issued a new, revised and expanded book of his poetry, The Uni Verse—a jouney into our amazing cosmos, published on April 11, 2007. 3/11/2007
    Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor, "Good reporting," commenting on a previously published article concerning city contracting policies, published in The Wichita Eagle, Saturday, March 3, 2007. 3/3/2007
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, received an Honorable Mention in Byline's Holiday Memories Contest with "Christmas 1950,"as announced in their March 2007 issue. Trudy's novel, Diary of a German War Bride, has been made available for check-out at the Pekin Federal Prison Camp, Woman's Division, Pekin, Illnois, where it's reported as a favorite read of the inmates. 3/27/2007
    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, presented a copy of her book, Mediation Survivor's HandBook, to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt during a ceremony on March 14, 2007. Governor Blunt, on behalf of the Association of Missouri Mediators, has proclaimed April as Mediation Month. On March 19, 2007, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius issued a proclamation for the Heartland Mediators Association designating April as Mediation Month. Governor Sebelius was also presented a copy of Peg's book. 3/22/2007
    J.Scott O'Shea, District 2, Lenexa, signed copies of his novel, Effect of a Whisper, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on Saturday, March 3, 2007. A portion of the proceeds benefited Midland Hospice of Topeka. 3/10/2007
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had an article "Can Macular Degeneration Be Funny?" published in The Best Times, March 2007. Roxie appeared in a documentary, "Oil Dorado:The Life and Times of an Oil Boom," which aired on Public Television's KPTS on March 2, 2007. The documentary was written by Jay Price, WSU history professor. Also, on March 14, 2007, Roxie gave her eleventh costumed presentation as Augusta James, for whom Augusta, KS, was named--a result of Roxie's research and writing on the subject. Roxie's performance was at the Augusta Library and her audience was a young adult group. 3/28/2007
    Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, had her article "Dead battery brings offers of help," published in the Kindness Forever column of The Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, February 10, 2007. 3/3/2007
    Rebecca Pinker, District 2, Olathe, won first place in ByLine's Holiday Memories contest for "A Christmas Memory," March, 2007. She also received honorable mention in ByLine's Poem of Loss contest for "November Eleventh." 3/22/2007
     Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his article "Side Effects" published in in his monthly column, Grizzly's This 'n That, in The Kansas Senior Times, March 2007. His April 2007 column was "The Dreaded Deadline." 3/28/2007
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article "Wanna Make Some Money?" published in The Kansas Senior Times, March 2007. Frankie also had her article "three guineas adopted us?" published in The Kansas Senior Times, April 2007. 3/28/2007
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had two articles, "Slipping and Sliding Through the Winter of 2007" and "The Young at Hearts Ministry," published in The Kansas Senior Times, March 2007. Doris also had her article "A Heartache, but not a Disgrace" published in The Kansas Senior Times, April 2007. 3/28/2007
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emproria, had her OP/Ed piece, “I was a Global Warming Skeptic,” published in The Emporia Gazette on February 14, 2007. 3/13/2007
    Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, spoke about her new novel, Untold Secrets, to book clubs in the Kansas Women’s Penitentiary on February 21 and 26, 2007. As a result Debra and her book were featured in an article by Jan Biles, “Group brings inmates, books together,” in The Topeka Capital-Journal on April 23, 2007. Debra also gave a program and signed books at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on March 10, 2007 and at Border Books, Lawrence, on March 26, 2007. Her historical novel Goodnight, Mary Ann was also available for purchase. 4/24/2007
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had two articles, "Seniors Travel to Topeka" and "Poliomyelitis and the Rotary Club," published in The Kansas Senior Times, March 2007. Ursula also announces publication of her second book, a collection of her favorite columns written weekly over nine years as Lifestyle editor for The Coffeyville Journal. The book derives its name, Hello There... Have a Nice Day, from the opening and closing lines of each column. Ursula recently retired to spend more time with her husband, Jack, and their dogs, Buddee and Shadow. Her first book, published in 2006, was A Mother's Sins. She is currently writing a novel based on her childhood in war time Germany. Ursula also had her article "Elmwood Cemetery and final resting place of the Daltons, is Oldest in Coffeyville" published in The Kansas Senior Times, April, 2007 3/28/2007
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has published "Map of Kansas Literature" on the Center for Kansas Studies web site. Honors students enrolled in a fall semester 2006 course assisted in site research and web page production. Tom Averill, Washburn University Writer in Residence, English Department, co-taught the course with Carol. His plans are to extend the site to include additional authors. 3/3/2007

February

    Mark Bouton, District 1, Topeka, has started a blog on MySpace. He invites members to check out his book signing schedule and writings about life in general. 2/1/2007
    Jerry Engler, District 4, Marion, had a selection, "Be Thanksful for Friends in All Forms," from his book of short stories Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland featured on "High Plains in Words" by High Plains Public Radio, a network of 19 stations with broadcasts which reach parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexco and Colorado. Engler's excerpt is available on-line as an audio file. Engler spoke about his new collection of short stories, A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two, to Friends of the Library meeting, at the Clay Center Public Library on January 18, 2007. He also did book signings at Hastings Book Stores: in Garden City on January 26, 2007, in Liberal on January 27, 2007, and in Dodge City on January 27, 2007. 2/2/2007
    Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, was featured author at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library’s series, Sunday Afternoon with Kansas Authors, on Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. Duane read from his book Prairies of Possibilitieis. A book signing followed the program. 2/13/2007
    Roberta Lampe, District 5, Garden Plains, had her article, "Modern medicine creates miracle," published in Brave Hearts, Spring 2007 issue. 2/1/2007
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, spoke in the "Life of a Kansas Author Series--Adventures in Learning," Shepherd's Center of Topeka, on February 2, 2007. Trudy's novel, Diary of a German War Bride, is based on the life of her mother and is winner of KAC's 2006 J. Donald Coffin Award. 2/4/2007
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article, "Entire family helps find positive outcome," published in Brave Hearts, Spring 2007 issue. 2/1/2007
    Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Beauty in the snow," published in her regular "Grow your garden" column in the Active Life supplement of the Wichita Eagle, February 1, 2007. 2/1/2007
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had two of his novels, The Moon Butter Route and The Revival, included on a list of twelve "Favorite Kansas Books" compiled by the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas. This honor is in addition to having his novel The Moon Butter Route chosen as one of fifteen "2006 Kansas Notable Book." The Revival won the 2002 Kansas Authors Club J. Donald Coffin Award. Contributions to the KCFB list were solicited from librarians, educators, writers, booksellers, publishers and others in the Kansas book community. A total of 113 titles were submitted. 2/2/2007

January

    Mary Atkinson, District 3, Coffeyville, had "Atkinsons married fifty-nine years" published under a heading of "Coffeyvlle Couples enjoy enduring marriages" in the February 2007 issue of Kansas Senior Times. 1/27/2007  
    Betty Berney, District 6, Phillipsburg, has had several articles printed in the Phillips County Review and The Advocate. Her column is known as From Bent Road Hill. These two newspapers also have printed several of her poems. 1/25/2007
Trudy McFarland, Eunice Boeve and Max Yoho    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, and Trudy McFarland and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were featured among authors of “2006 Kansas Notable Books” at Governor Kathleen Sebelius's second inauguration celebration. “Kansas Main Street Family Festival,” was held at Ramada, downtown Topeka, on Sunday, January 7, 2007. This casual, free indoor street-fair featured Kansas food, art, crafts, and hands-on activities targeted toward families. 1/9/2007
    Marolyn Caldwell, District 4, Manhattan, was thanked in a letter-to-the-editor, published in the Manhattan Mercury, January 7, 2007, for sharing advice with Anthony Middle School language arts classes. Caldwell, also involved with the annual Manhattan Mystery Conclave, spent the day at the school sharing background and tips for writing mysteries. She also donated ninty copies of the Conclave's compliation, Manhattan Mysteries, to students. The letter's author was Beth Neitzel, Anthony Middle School language arts instructor. 1/8/2007
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a story included in the newly released anthology, Chicken Soup For the Dieter's Soul. Her story “A Christmas For Julie” was published in MedHunters.com, December, 2006. “How Do You Say Good-bye?” was published at MedHunters.com in January 2007. “The Long Night” is a story for older children published at StoryStation.com, January, 2007. “A Gathering Of Voices” was published in the Ozarks’ Senior Living newspaper, December, 2006. Kopp was also recognized at www.ourecho.com for her work in 2006, particularly a story titled “Finding My Mother.”1/8/2007
    Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, won second place in the 2007 Kansas Factual Story Contest. In "Terror on the Stairs" Trudy remembers her one-and-only climb to top of the Capitol dome in Topeka on a spring afternoon in 1942. Trudy was awarded her Olive Ann Beech Memorial Award at an evening banquet, Friday, January 26, 2007. Also, Trudy's novel, Diary of a German War Bride, was reviewed by Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, in the Sunday Book Review section of her Inside My Head blog, January 14, 2007.   1/27/2007
    Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had "The Haskin House" published in the January-March 2007 issue of Kanhistique. She also had a reprint article "The Presidents' Quilt" published in the February 2007 issue of Kansas Senior Times. 2/27/2007
Tom Parker, Blue Rapids    Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, was Featured Author in the Winter 2007 New Works Review. He is interviewed on the web site, and his biography and samples of his writing are also made available. Parker's collection of prose dispatches from kansas is reviewed in that same issue by Laurel Johnson, District 4 , Washington. Tom writes a weekly column, The Way Home, for the Washington County News in rural northeast Kansas. 1/11/2007
    Rebecca Pinker, District 2, Olathe, won 3rd place in ByLine's Inspirational Poem contest for "Certainty," as announced in the January 2007 issue. She also received an Honorable Mention for "Hold On." 1/27/2007
    Ray Racobs, District 5, Clearwater, had his article "Are You Old Enough for a Tour Bus Ride?" published in in his monthly column, Grizzly's This 'n That, in The Kansas Senior Times, January, 2007. His February column was "A Few Tips From Griz." 1/27/2007
    Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, was recognized for sharing an article, "Be Prepared for Emergencies," in The Kansas Senior Times, January, 2007. She had found the information on the back of a Meals on Wheels menu. Frankie had two articles published under a heading of "Coffeyvlle Couples enjoy enduring marriages" in the February, 2007, issue of Kansas Senior Times. Titles were "Bob and Freda Hulet" and "James and Virginia Maritt." 1/27/2007
    
Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had her article "Kansas is Chosen" published in Kansas Senior Times, January, 2007. Her "The Winter Snowstorm in 1926" and "The Adventures of Evergreen Cabin" were published in the February 2007 issue of Kansas Senior Times. 1/27/2007
    Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of her new novel, Untold Secrets. Discussion questions for Untold Secrets are available on the author’s website. 1/27/2007
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had her article "Descendants of Votaw Colony Launch Museum" published in The Kansas Senior Times, January, 2007. Ursula also had three articles published under a heading of "Coffeyvlle Couples enjoy enduring marriages" in the February 2007 issue of Kansas Senior Times. They were "Bill and Lucille Christmore," "Frank and Margie Marang," and "Leon and Irene Butterfield." She also had an article titled "Volunteers, what would Life be without them?" in the same issue. 1/27/2007
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had his novel The Moon Butter Route reviewed by Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, in the Sunday Book Review section of her Inside My Head blog, January 7, 2007. 1/27/2007

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