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December 2013

    Twenty-two Kansas Authors Club members were among over seventy local authors who signed books at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library's "Local Local Authors Fair, TSCPL, December 8, 2013Author Fair," held on December 8, 2013. Members in attendance included: Fred C. Appelhanz, District 1, Holton; Randy Attwood, District 2, Kansas City, MO; Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Merriam; Cathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence; Alice Bertels, District 1, Topeka; Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville; Gary K. Clarke, District 1, Topeka; Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, District 2, Lawrence; Jeremy Deckard, District 1, Topeka; Marcene Grimes, District 1, Techumseh; Reanona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka; June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden; Agnes Kazminski, District 1, Topeka; Gary Krohe, District 1, Topeka; Gary Lechliter, District 2, Lawrence; Norm Ledgin, District 2, Stanley; Todd Mildfelt, District 2, Richmond; Lora K. Reiter, District 2, Ottawa; Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission; Dennis E. Smirl, District 1, Topeka; Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka; and Gloria Zachgo, District 4, Salina. Prior to the author fair, the library picked out ten books of special focus. Four of the books were by KAC members. They included: Hey Mister, Your Alligator's Loose by Gary K. Clarke; Portraits of Troy by Gary Krohe; Sissy! by Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence (who did not attend, but sent copies of his newest novel Angels at Sunset to give away); and Me and Aunt Izzy by Max Yoho. Also, Dennis E. Smirl was honored as one of twenty Topeka authors who worked together to write Speakeasy, the second Community Novel Project of the public library. 12/12/2013
    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, had a productive year of poetry writing in 2013. He had a total of eight poems published in Literary journals: two in The Lyric, two in Mikkrokosmos, one in The Midwest Quarterly, three in Nebo, and another accepted by The North Dakota Quarterly for publication in 2014. He had a haiku in the anthology Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga (2013, Dos Gatos Press). He also had a poem, "Lent," chosen by abstract artist Jennifer Rivera as inspiration for her painting "Arpeggio," both exhibited at her fall 2013 exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO. Six of his poems were selected for web page publication: two in 150 Kansas Poems, and three in The Shine Journal.. He took a number of awards at the Springfield (MO) Writers Guild Poetry Contest: first and third place in the Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Award, first place in Poetry-Specific Form, second place in Free Verse, and an HM in Humorous Poetry. Roy participated in a poetry reading in Santa Fe, New Mexico, put together by Lisa Hase-Jackson, that involved poets represented in her forthcoming book, 200 New Mexico Poems (University of New Mexico Press). He and his wife, Pat Beckemeyer, both participated in readings at various venues across Kansas (including Wichita, Lawrence, Emporia and Hutchinson) for poets whose poems were chosen by Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her 2013 Kansas Notable Book, To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices (Mammoth Press, 2012). Finally, he had two non-fiction historical pieces published, both concerning Kansas paleontology: "Robin John Tillyard in Kansas: Travels of an Early-Twentieth-Century Palaeoentomologist," appeared in the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, and "Rediscovered photographs of a 1927 visit by Frank Morton Carpenter to the Elmo, Kansas, fossil insect beds," appeared in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin. 1/1/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, signed copies of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots— One Cow Pie at a Time, at the Burlingame Library on December 7, 2013. There were cookies for sale. (Gumboots Barbie may have popped the seams of her already-skin-tight jeans!) 12/12/2013
   June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, and Carol and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were mentioned in a lead story, "Topeka writers group celebrates 25th anniversary," by Ann Bush in the Topeka Capital-Journal on December 9, 2013. Max has been an on-and-off member of A Table for Eight for the full 25 years since the group was organized in 1988. Carol and June have attended the writers' critiques since the late-2000s. 12/9/2013
Authors at Lawrence Bizarre   District 2 authors Annola Charity, Cathy Callen, Vicki Julian, Tom Mach, Ronda Miller of Lawrence, and Sally Jadlow of Overland Park sold and signed books at The Lawrence Community Bizaare on November 17, 2013. In the photo, left to right, are Vicki Julian, Ronda Miller and Cathy Callen. 12/7/2013
   Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, had his Christmas story "A Belt Buckle For Camilla" published in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly in December, 2013, pp. 32-33. 12/27/2013
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, had her poem, "Cultural Sisters," printed in the The Lawrence Journal World on December 8, 2013. 12/9/2013
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, talked about her memoir, My German Christmas, read a chapter, and brought along a German-type Christmas tree to give it all the flavor Lenore Doster Cook article, by Carol Yohoof the season. Ursula appeared on December 5, 2013, at the Chanute Public Library and on December 11 at the Triad Club of Independence. Both were morning events. 12/15/2013
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her article, "Lenore Doster Cooke: Topeka Artist," published in the Shawnee County Historical Society's Historical Highlights newsletter, Fall 2013, v. 2, no. 4, pp. 5-6. 12/7/2013

November 2013

They Call Me Cowabunga, by Gary Clarke    Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, spoke about safaris travel at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, on the evening of November 10, 2013. He presented images of African wildlife, included in a short video. Gary's new book about safari travel in Africa is They Call Me Cowabunga. 11/16/2013
    Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed books on November 2-3, 2013, at the "Spirit-Mind-Body Fair" at the Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. Her book is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy.  The book is also for sale at Kansas Originals Market online catalog. 11/16/2013
An Olio of 7 Heartwarming Stories, by Vicki Julian    Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, has published a new eBook, An Olio of 7 Heartwarming Stories. It includes several award winning entries in the KAC state and district contests. The stories cover topics such as angel, faith, and hope, but are suitable for anyone who likes the inspirational genre. It's downloadable on Amazon.com.Just Us Girls includes story by Nancy Kopp 11/13/2013
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, announces that her story, "New Friend, Faraway Friend, Forever Friend," is newly published in Just Us Girls, a new book in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. 11/5/2013
Timely...Timeless, S. Mann contributor    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, contributed to the festschrift (celebration publication) for Eighth Day Books' 25th Anniversary. Timely...Timeless: 25 Years at Eighth Day Books is the book and Stephanie participated in a celebration and reading at the bookstore on October 26, 2013. 11/9/2013
Kansas City Star Magazine, Wyatt Townley    Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, had a feature article about her, "The Breath of Lifeand Art," published inThe Kansas City Star Magazine,October 20, 2013.The multi-pagearticle covers her careers as a dancer, an actor, a poet and a Yoganetics instructor. Wyatt is our current Kansas poet laureate. Her husband, Roderick Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, is also mentioned. Roderick is known as a writer for children. The article is by Edward M. Eveld. Multiple photos, by Keith Myers, accompany the piece—which is available online. Samples of Wyatt's poetry are included in the article. 11/7/2013
Ursula Turner at Pittsburg book signing   
Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, appeared on November 7, 2013, at the Augusta Public Library, on November 9, 2013, at the Columbus Public Library, and on November 18, 2013, at a "Local Author Open House and Reception" at the Pittsburg Public Library. Ursula has many books in print. One great read for the holiday season is My German Christmas. Ursula and her work were featured in Nikki Patrick's column as "Ursula Turner has written books about growing up in WWII Germany," in The Morning Sun, November 20, 2013. 11/22/2013

October 2013

    Mary "Pinky" AtkinsonPete Waltersceid"Open Mic Session" was held again on October 10, 2013, at Coffee & Company in Dearing. Pete Walterscheid, who attends Night Writers (photo, left), was magician and master of ceremonies. Louise Click, District 3, Coffeyville, told a funny tale about Albert and the snakes. Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, read a story about some adventures she and her daughter experienced in Paris some years ago, and Mary Atkinson, District 3, Coffeyville (photo, right), sang a song A Capella. Other performers played guitar and keyboard. Time limit was five minutes for each act. 10/18/2013
    Barbara Booth, District 4, Clay Center, was featured in the Clay Center Dispatch, October 11, 2013, in "Local writer receives accolades for poetry, feature article," an article by Ryan D. Wilson, News Editor. Barbara was congratulated for her awards bestowed at the 2013 Kansas Authors Club convention, held October 4-6, 2013, in Wichita. 10/14/2013
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, had his new thriller, The ET Murders, mentioned by Jan Biles in the Topeka Capital-Journal. "Ex-FBI agents new thriller involves UFOs aliens." The new book was review in the UFO Digest newsletter by Dirk Vander Ploeg. See review online. The book was also noticed by OmniMystery News on September 15, 2013. 10/6/2013
    Barbara Cooper, District 3, Coffeyville, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, spoke with Ladies of Eastern Star about local Night Writers group and KAC at their meeting on October 12, 2013. The meeting took place at the Coffeyville Senior Citizens Center. 10/14/2013
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, signed copies of her new memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots—One Cow Pie at a Time, at "Grasshopper Falls Day" on September 28, 2013, in downtown Valley Falls. June also signed books at The Eclective in the NOTO Arts District, Topeka, on October 4, 2013, as part of First Friday Art Walk. June's book was reviewed online on freshFiction by Tanzey Cutter on October 5, 2013. On October 12, 2103, June held Tailgate Party Signing at the K-State vs. Baylor game, Manhattan, where she sold and signed books out of the back of a friend's, SUV. On October 13, 2013, she signed books at Grantville Community Center. Also, June was interviewed by Jan Biles of the Topeka Capital-Journal and was featured in the Northeast Kansas "Connected" section of the Sunday newspaper, October 20, 2013, in Bile's article, "Former 'city girl' writes book about living on farm." She also spoke about her book at the Autumn Tea Party at United Methodist Church, Valley Falls, on October 20, 2013. 10/23/2013
June Hilbert at The Eclective, Topeka
June Hilbert at Grasshopper Falls Day, Valley Falls, September 28, 2013
June and friend, Linda, tailgatingJune and fellow farm wives
     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville,were among authors from the Montgomery County area helped Cherryvale Public Library Cherryvale Public Library eventcelebrate its 100th anniversary on September 19, 2013. Pictured authors (seated, from left) included Joyce Long of Cherryvale, with her Zortz character from her children's book series by the same name, and Jan Asleson of Cherryvale, author of children's books written from a Christian perspective. Standing authors in the photo include (from left): James Stoud, novelist and non-fiction author of Cherryvale; Ursula Turner, non-fiction and romance novelist of Coffeyville; and Joe Warnock, novelist of Independence. 10/7/2013
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, had his historical novel, Angels at Sunset, nominated by Mel Hathorn, history professor at Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut, for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013. Tom's novel deals with the subject of the Women's Rights Movement of the early 20th Century. In his nomination Hathorn wrote, "As one reads Jessica’s story, one is reminded that great victories in history do not come without a cost. Jessica’s personal sacrifices including the loss of a daughter and the loss of personal family love are some of the prices she paid for this victory. Angels at Sunset is another of the great stories of ordinary people who achieve great things at great personal cost."
    While he did not win the award, Tom had known about his nomination for some time. (Winner was Canadian, Alice Murro, for her collection of short stories, Dear Life.) Tom feels greatly honored to have been nominatied for this prestigious award. 10/18/2013
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, has an article in OSV's The Catholic Answer Magazine, the September/October, 2013, issue. "The Cross Triumphant: What are the Feasts of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows?" describes the background of two September liturgical celebrations of the Passion of Christ. Subscription required for on-line access. She also had an article published in the on-line (free!) magazine, Homiletic & Pastoral Review in its October, 2013, issue, "Knowing Enough History to Defend It: Catholic History and Apologetics." 10/2/2013

September 2013

    "Open Mic Session" was held September 6, 2013, at Coffee & Company in Dearing, KS. The event involved four members of Coffeyville's Night Writers, three of whom are also KAC members. Pete Walterscheid, who attends Night Writers, was magician and master of ceremonies. He originated the program. Louise Click, District 3, Coffeyville, did a skit she wrote on a Bible story about the mother of a blind baby. Lois Vail, District 3, Cherryvale, and Barbara Cooper, District 3, Coffeyville, read short stories. Ursula Turner, District 3, Open Mic Session, D3Coffeyville, read some poems. The coffee house was packed, and patrons were also treated to guitar music, singing, and Pete did a few magic tricks. Another "Open Mic Session" will be held on October 10, 2013. 9/9/2013
    Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Shawnee Mission, was guest speaker on August 24, 2013, for WAVES National, Unit 9. WAVES is a social network for female veterans, welcoming all women in the Kansas City metropolitan area who are or have been members of the U.S. military. Edna spoke on writing, the importance of preserving life histories and, of course, on military service. Five of the WAVES who attended had served in WWII. 9/13/2013
    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, The ET Murders, by Mark Boutonannounces publication of his new FBI thriller, The ET Murders. The book is available online in paperback as third volume in the Max Austin trillers set.
    FBI agents are being brutally murdered, and a bizarre trail of clues lead to Roswell and Area 51. FBI agent Max Austin hunts vicious killers targeting a group seeking to expose operations at Area 51 that could endanger mankind. Max must determine whether UFOs and aliens are real, and if so, whether they're dangerous to earthlings. In the end, can the FBI take on ET at Area 51 and prevent a war of the worlds? 9/18/2013
Tiger Hunting, by Tracy Million SimmonsRunning Out of Footprints, by Cathy CallenCathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence, joined Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, for a reading at The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, on on September 5, 2013. Cathy read from her recently published family history, Running Out of Footprints, and Tracy read from her new novel, Tiger Hunting. This was a free event that included refreshments. 9/7/2013
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, a new member of KAC, announces From High Heels to Gumboots, by June Hilbertpublication of her humorous memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots—One Cow Pie at a Time, about her experiences and (mis)adventures as a city girl who married a part-time farmer and moved to his farm almost thirty years ago. The book is available in paperback at Amazon and The Eclective, 900 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS  66608. For more about June and her book visit her website. June also has a blog where she is currently posting about fall calving experiences—expecting 63 calves by December. 9/1/2013
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has her poem "play, gypsy girl, play" displayed as part of a painting/poetry collaboration with abstract artist, Jennifer Rivera. The eighteen poems and paintings are being shown at the Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum, St. Joseph, MO, September 14- November 3, 2013. Nancy and her husband attended the opening of the exhibit oand she is thrill to be part of this exhibition. 9/18/2013
    Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, signed copies of their books at the Cherryvale Public Library, on September 19, 2013. 9/22/2013
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, hosted a pilgrimage to England, September 4-12, 2013, presented by Corporate Travel Services of Michigan. The “Catholic Martyrs of England” pilgrimage included visits to York, Oxford, London, Canterbury, and Arundel in West Sussex. Mann made presentations to provide historical context to tours of sites associated with the Catholic martyrs in the Tower of London, Westminster Hall, Tyburn, York Castle, and other sights. Participants in the tour received copies of her book, Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. 7/22/2013

August 2013

KART 2013 List    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, announces that, although her young adult novel, The Summer of the Crow, has been out of print for a few years, it was brought it back into print and as an e-book by Rowe Publishing and Design of Stockton, KS, in June, 2013. This work was recipient of the KAC's 2001 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award. Eunice also reports that her children's time travel book, Echoes of Kansas Past, made the 2013 KART (Kids Are Readers Too) list. 8/1/2013
Close Enough Nutrition, by Judy Webb Brewster    Judy Webb Brewster, District 2, Overland Park, announces the publication of her nutrition book, Close Enough Nutrition. Judy deciphered information in the 2005 and 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and used the Nutrition Facts label to create a Daily Nutrition Spreadsheet listing the 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 2,500, and 3,000 calorie levels. Judy introduces a way to record the label's information into the spreadsheet so, with the average, Judy comes close enough to eating as healthy as possible. Her book is published by Author House in paperback and Well Versed 2013, with work by Annabelle CorrickeBook formats. 8/19/2013
    Annabelle Corrick, District 1, Topeka, had her poem, "Charlotte's (Hypotenuse) Web" included in Well Versed—
Literary Works 2013
and received an Honorable Mention award. The anthology includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, a few pictures, and is published by the Columbia Chapter, Missouri Writers' Guild. 8/18/2013
Chicken Soup, Devotional Stoies for Wives, includes Vicki Julian    Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, is a contributingauthor in the September 10, 2013 release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives: 101 Daily Devotions to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire You. Julian is the author of three inspirational books, including the recently published Simple Things to Make This World a Better Placeavailable at The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, and online. Her work has appeared in other anthologies, magazines and newspapers in addition to the make-a-difference articles she writes as a Topeka Humanitarian Examiner. 8/12/2013
Global Ebook Award, T.L. Needham    Terry Needham, District 2, Romeoville, IL, announces that his book When I Was A Child was awarded a gold medal in the History Non-Fiction category and honorable mention for Best Cover in Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, an international book competition. Terry sees these awards as tribute to his mother, her brother, their family, and the Greatest Generation. All endured the Great Depression and World War II and flourished in life, despite hardships. 8/20/2013

July 2013

Corn Rose, a Novel, by Karen Ross Epp     Karen Ross Epp, D5, Wichita, released her new book, Corn Rose: A Novel, in May. Rose Calamia is a first generation Italian American working girl in a 1945 aircraft plant, when she meets and marries returning vet and Iowa farm boy, Jack Conner. Rose is totally unprepared for the life that awaits her in rural Iowa. The book is available as a hardback, paperback, or ebook at Amazon or Barnes and Noble7/3/2013
    Carole Katsantoness, District 2, Lenexa, had her poem "Lines of Character About my Dad" published in Lone Stars magazine, Spring, 2013 issue, #75 & #76. In #75 the poem was accompanied by a single line, "Speaking shadows of our past make us who we are." 7/1/2013
Spread Your Wings, includes story by Nancy Julien Kopp     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her story, "There's A Dragon in the Library," published by Knowonder! kids magazine group. The book title is Spread Your Wings and the stories are all about princesses and dragons. This is the third time Knowonder! has published this particular story. It was in the magazine originally, then in a collection of 30 stories, and now in this new one. Nancy also gave a program at the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan using some of her writing. Her program title was "The Bells of Christmas," tied to a Christmas in July theme. 7/12/2013

June 2013

Summer Reading focuses on Topeka authors    Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library is promoting "Summer Reading with Topeka Authors” with book displays, brochures and bookmarks that publicize work by a variety of Topeka authors, past and present. Among current Topeka writers listed are:  Errol Anderson, Amy Fleury, Thomas Fox Averill, Mark Bouton, R.J. Hamilton, Reaona Hemmingway, Duane Herrmann, Monica Jackson, Ben Lerner, Esther Luttrell, Eric McHenry, Judith Miller, George Paris, Mary Alice Parmley, Mathew Porubsky, Ed Skoog, Debra Guiou Stufflebean, Dale Vaughn, and Max Yoho. Deceased well-known Topeka area writers listed included Gwendolyn Brooks, Don Coldsmith, William Gibson, Langston Hughes, Robert N. Lawson, Margaret Hill McCarter, Anna Riphahn, Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, and Rex Stout. [KAC current and past members are listed here in blue lettering. Read more about our rich writing heritage at our KAC Historical Calendar.] 6/18/2013
   Town Crier Bookstore of Emporia hosted the 7th Annual Author Extravaganza on June 15, 2013, with 41 Kansas authors in attendance. KAC members taking part included: Randy Atwood, District 2, Kansas City; Cathy Callen Molineux, District 2, Lawrence; Karen Ross Epp, District 5, Newton; Donna Hawk, District 3, Iola; Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka; Jerilynn Henrikson,District 2, Emporia;Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia; Diana Starsesinic-Deane, District 2Chicken Soup, Devotional Stoies for Wives, includes Barbara Brady, Ottawa; Cheryl Unruh, District 2,Emporia; Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka; Dan Yunk, District 4, Manhattan. 6/15/2013
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, announces that her story, "Just Muddle Through," will be included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives: 101 Daily Devotions to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire You, scheduled for release on September 10, 2013. This is her fifth story to be included in the Chicken Soup books series. 6/26/2013
    Carole Katsantoness, District 2, Lenexa, had her memoir story "Rising From the Shards" published in Your Life is Your Story, an eZine produced by Tom Gilbert. Carole's story was posted on June 30, 2013. 6-30-2013
Where Darkness Walks, by Donna Hawk     Donna Hawk, District 3, Iola, recently had her third book, Where Darkness Walks: Mortgatha Trilogy Book One, released. The book is categorized as Young Adult Fantasy (for ages 12-112). The other two books in the trilogy have been written and are being edited. Her previously published books include Desert Gold: The Legend of Chinook and Of Stone & Mist. Both are paranormal romances. All three books are available as paperbacks and eBooks through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. 6/22/2013
     William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, had his poem titled "Flint Hills" published in the June issue of Creative Forcasting, travel section, in "On The Road," an article by John Mcllvennan called "Flint Hills of Kansas—The Grassroots of America." Creative Forcasting is a monthly publication for activity and recreational professionals published in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 6/20/2013
    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, Gordon Kessler, District 2, Overland Park, and Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, were speakers at District 2's "Creative Springs Writers' Retreat.," held June 8, 2013, at Bambino's Restaurant in Lawrence. Bill spoke about "Concatinations: The act of linking words together;" Gordon spoke about "Subjective Point of View in Writing Style;" and Tracy spoke on "Managing Self-publishin,g" as she focused on producing her first novel, Tiger Hunting, a book rolled out earler this spring. The retreat was free, open to the public (with reservations), and included a "Writing prompts read-around" by attendees near the end of the all-day event. 6/9/2013
     Gordon Kessler, District 2, Overland Park, hosted an opportunity to ePublish on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and as a print book through CreateSpace. His day-long seminar, "ePublishing Day," was held on June 22, 2013, at the Wichita Centeral Library. Gordon is an experienced eBook formatter and ePublisher. 6/242013
    Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, announces publication of two web sites: GypsyCat Publications, which lists several of Ann's books for sale, and the Periwinkle Meadow Press site, which is an imprint of GypsyCat Publications and introduces an illustrated children's e-book, Adventures in Periwinkle Meadow, created from the weekly stories that were written to be used as curriculum at Unity Church of Christianity. Anne has worked on the Periwinkle project for about two years with their pastor, Michael Jamison, District 1, Topeka. 6/262013
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, has an article published in OSV's The Catholic Answer Magazine, July/August, 2013, issue. "How Martyrdom Helped End the Reign of Terror: Who are the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne?" tells the story of the nuns guillotined during the French Revolution—the inspiration for Francois Poulenc's popular opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites. Subscription required for on-line access. 6/26/2013
Max Yoho, Kansas author    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was featured in an online interview by Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, on her Blogspot on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Yoho's inspiration for writing and his second career as a Kansas author (after 38 years as a machinist) were reviewed. Tracy included an extensive list of links to more online information about Max and his work. 6/2/2013

May 2013

    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville,spoke at the Kansas Writers', Inc.meeting at the Topeka and ShawneeCounty Public Library, Topeka,on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Mark discussed “How to Write Query Letters and Novel Synopses.” 5/6/2013
Wakersville Short Stories, by Maryann Barry    Maryann Barry, District 2, Bucyrus, announces that her collection, Wakersville Short Stories, is now available as a download from amazon.com for Kindle readers. The stories are about folks in the fictitious community of Wakersville in Eastern Kansas, a place that seems tranquile, but citizens can't escape the unexpected happenings that interrupt their everyday lives. 5/29/2013 
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, had her essay, "Everlasting bouquet of friendship," published in "My Guardian Angel," the readers' shared stories section of Woman's World magazine, May 27, 2013, issue. Her fond memory was of interaction with former KAC member Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, as her writing mentor. Naomi, known for her wit and poetry, passed away October 17, 2012, and is listeded on our In Memoriam web page. 5/17/2013
     P. Arden Corbin, District 1, Topeka, had four books published in April and May, 2013. The Lake That Wasn't There is a new kind of science-fiction novel with intrigue, romance and also new concepts in space travel. The Puzzle: A Perfect Murder focuses on a woman who is defiled in a gang attack and plots to kill all who were involved at the same time. Somewhere County, Kansas tells of pioneers crossing the Midwest, following their dreams, with hope of settling in California or Oregon. The path is not an easy one. In Wagon Tracks to Somewhere a young man, who possesses special abilities to talk to any living creature, rides his horse sixteen hundreds miles to follow tracks made by covered wagons long ago. Corbin invites readers to his amazon.com author's page and to his personal website. All books were published through CreateSpace in downloadable and print formats, with the help of Gordon Kessler, president of KAC District 2 and expert on self-publishing and e-publishing. 5/29/2013   
             Four new books by P. Arden Corbin
    Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, has written a make-a-difference blog for The Humanitarian Examiner for some time, but she has recently started a personal blog, "Why We Are Here," that allows her to write on that theme more personally. She invites readers to vljulian.blogspot.com. 5/29/2013
    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, participated in the final Kansa Renga reading sponsored by the Osher Institute at Meadowlark Hills Community Room, Manhattan, on May 7, 2013. Also presenting were Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, Ken Lassman, Dan Pohl, Micheal Nelson, and Hazel Hutchinson. Each of the presenters read their entries from the book titled To the Stars through Difficulties. 5/18/2013
     Gordon Kessler, District 2, Overland Park, hosted "EPublishing Day," a free workshop for writers, on May 18, 2013, at the Antioch Library, Merriam. Gordon, an experienced eBook formatter and ePublisher, guided attendees in how to publish their work on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and as a print book through CreateSpace. Morning session covered formatting a manuscript for eBook and POD. The afternoon Session focused on how to uploading a manuscript and cover to sell on Amazon and other Internet booksellers. 5/31/2013
Gary Krohe at Warehouse 414    Gary Krohe, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new book, Portraits of Troy: The Architecture of Topeka High School, a coffee table book containing more than 340 historic and present-day photographs of the high school, at Warehouse 414, Topeka, at First Friday Art Walk on May 3, 2013. Gary also signed his books at Wolfe's Cameras, Camcorders & Computers on Saturday, May 4, 2013. 5/6/2013
    Norm Ledgin, District 2, Stanley, taught a class, "Explaining the Perplexing Thomas Jefferson.", for KU Continuing Education's Osher Lifelong Learning Series, at Ottawa University on three Tuesdays in April, 2013. His book Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother is available as a Kindle downloadable or in paperback on amazon.com or by order through bookstores. 5/2/2013Tom Mach, 2013 International Book Awards finalsit
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has had his historical novel, Angels at Sunset, chosen as a Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards competition, "Historical Fiction" category. 5/21/2013
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, read four poems at the "Celebrate Your Prairie Roots" event at The Percolator, To the Stars Through Difficulty, includes poetry by Ronda MillerLawrence on April 5, 2013. She read her poem "The Milky Way Woman" and spoke about violence in front of City Hall, Lawrence, in collaboration with MoveOn.org and Gun Reform on April 13, 2013. She also read poems in Downs, Beloit and Salina (at Ad Astra Books and Coffee House) on April 20 & 21, 2013, as she traveled with Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and other poets in a poetry caravan to promote the release of To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices. A video of Ronda reading her poetry in Salina is available to view on youTube on computer or via mobile device. 5/2/2013
Wyatt Townley announced as Kansas Poet Laureate    Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, has been officially named as the new poet laureate of the State of Kansas, under the poet laureate program recently embraced by the Kansas Humanities Council. Townley received her mantle from the previous poet laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, in a ceremony to be held on May 23, 2013, at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence. Townley also recently had a page about her added to the Washburn University Center for Kansas Studies "Map of Kansas Literature." Read more about Townley as new Poet Laureate at the Kansas City Star site. 5-31-2013
    Pat Walkenhorst, District 2, Blue Springs, MO, reports that her 2012 book, Just a Housewife: Reflections of Bettie Wilds, a 1950s Mom, is now available both in paperback and on Kindle (and ycan be borrowed free on Kindle Prime). Moms everywhere love the true life thoughts of this post-WWII wife and mother as she takes us back to what being a real housewife meant in that magical era when housewives were a necessary part of a proud America. Pat suggests the book as a perfect Mother's Day gift. 5/4/2013
Carol Yoho at Warehouse 414    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, met the public at Topeka's First Friday Art Walk at Warehouse 414 in Topeka. Carol sold copies of the six published book titles by her husband, Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, and showed some of her photography, which was on display at Warehouse 414 through the month of May. 5/6/2013

April 2013

The Puzzle, by P. Arden Corbin     P. Arden Corbin, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of his new murder mystery novel, The Puzzle—a perfect murder, as a downloadable Kindle book from Amazon.com and in several other downloadable formats from Smashwords. The plot involves rape, murder plotting and Nazi spies. The print version of this novel should be available soon. 4/2/2013
     William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, traveled to District 5 on April 13, 2013, to promote the KAC youth poetry, read some of his poetry, and promote April Poetry Month. The KAC group met at the Rockwell Branch Library, Wichita. 5/18/2013
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an article, "Try Some Red Tea!," published in The Best Times, a monthly newspaper for seniors in the Johnson County, KS, area. It can be read online in their April, 2013, issue. 4/2/2013
     Gary Krohe, District 1, Topeka, had a A release party and book signing for Portraits of Troy: The Architecture of Topeka High School, his coffee table book containing more than 340 historic and present-day photographs of the high school. The event was held April 5, 2013, at Topeka High School as part of the First Friday Art Walk. The school's art gallery featured student work and images from "Portraits of Troy," and the school was open for touring. The book can be ordered online at Portraits of Troy web site. 4/7/2013
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, gave a talk at on April 6, 2013, at the Leavenworth County Historical Society meeting at Carroll Mansion, 1128 Fifth Avenue, Leavenworth. He spoke of the trials women had to endure in the 19th and early 20th centuries concerning their rights, including the right to vote. Tom is the author of Angels at Sunset, a historical novel focusing on these same issues. Tom also spoke on this topic on April 12, 2013, at the Drury Place at Alvamar, 1510 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence. 4/7/2013
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, wrote "Age to Age," a story about a kindergarten class held at the Windsor Place Nursing Home in Coffeyville. In 2012 it appeared in both Kansas Senior Times and the Coffeyville Journal. The kindergarten teacher mentioned in the story has worked in her field for 28 years and will be inducted in the Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City on June 1, 2013. 4/22/2013
Max Yoho signs books at The Eclective in Topeka, April 5, 2013     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his six published book titles at The Eclective Gallery, NOTO Arts District, Topeka, on the April "First Friday" Art Walk," April 5, 2013. Max's books include Me and Aunt Izzy; With the Wisdom of Owls; The Moon Butter Route; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious; Tales from Comanche County, and The Revival. Max was pleased to greet many previous fans and new readers at this successful springtime event. Also, Max and Me and Aunt Izzy were featured at blacklilackitty, April 9, 2013, Wordpress blog and in "The Cat's Meow" electronic newsletter of blacklilackitty, March, 2013, issue, p. 1. Anyone can sign up for monthly newsletters on the blacklilackitty web site. 4/9/2013

March 2013

     Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, moderated a weekly poetry session for the winter 2013 session (Jan. 8 - Feb. 26) of LifeVentures’ Adventures in Learning classes in Wichita.  LifeVentures is a non-profit organization that provides learning activities for senior citizens in three eight-week sessions a year.  Sessions are hosted at the East Heights United Methodist Church. The theme for this session’s poetry class is “A Commonplace Book for Uncommon Poetry.” 3/13/2013
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was featured as Author of the Week at Romancing the Heart website for the week of March 2-9, 2013. This site is dedicated to writers, readers, agents, and editors. 3/23/2013
The Lake That Wasn't There, by P. Arden Corbin     P. Arden Corbin, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of a second edition of his science fiction novel, The Lake That Wasn't There. The work is available in downloadable Nook format and soon will be available from amazon.com in print. The story solves ninety-five percent of the world's major problems—a truly innovative and memorable novel destined to be held in the regard of one of the classics. 3/11/2013
Capital City Cubbies, by Jeremy Deckard    Jeremy Deckard, District 1, Topeka, is a local author and Topeka Capital-Journal Baseball Blogger. His new book is Capital City Cubbie: Tales and Travels of a Kansas Cubs Fan and is available online. Jeremy recently had a book signing at Jeff's Sports Cards in Topeka, sharing the spotlight with Ken Berry,  a two-time gold glove winner and author of books for children. 3/1/2013
     Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, had The Cape Elizabeth Ocean Avenue Society, by Arlene Rains Graberher lead article, "Empowering Creative Ideas," published in East Wichita News in March, 2013. Her story, "It Worked for Me," will be released in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers, in May, 2013. Another story, "Hockey More Than a Game," was released in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey in October, 2012. Arlene's second novel in the Plane TreeSeries,Not Your Mother's Book on Travel, with entry by Nancy Julien Kopp The Cape Elizabeth Ocean Avenue Society,is now available in paperback and as a Kindle download. 3/23/2013
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her story "There's A Small Hotel" published in a new anthology, Not Your Mother's Book On Travel. The book was recently released and is the fourth title in this new anthology series. It is available on amazon.com. 3/30/2013
    Gary Krohe, District 1, PortraitsOfTroyKroheTopeka, announces that preorders are being taken for Portraits of Troy: The Architecture of Topeka High School, a coffee table book containing more than 340 historic and present-day photographs of the high school. Gary and his work were featured in an article, "Photo book captures architecture of High," on p. 1 of The Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, March 16, 2013, and includes details on the rollout of his new book. 3/22/2013
     Sally of Monticello, by Norm LedginNorm Ledgin, District 2, Stanley, appeared on Kansas City radio station KPRT on both December 6 and 21, 2012; on Lawrence's KLWN on December 15, 2012; and on KKFI-Kansas City on March 16, 2013. On-air he promoted his novel, Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother. He has also spoken with historical societies, church groups, writers' groups, retirement home residents, and book clubs, discussing the "38-year love story" between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. He held book signings at these events, and has scheduled similar appearances into Summer, 2013. His book is available as a Kindle downloadable or in paperback on amazon.com or by order through bookstores. 3/23/2013
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, has an article, "Believers and Patriots:What is colonial Maryland's legacy of religious freedom?," published in of Our Sunday Visitor's The Catholic Answer online magazine, March/April 2013 issue. Her article summarizes the history of Maryland's experiment with religious freedom and plurality and that legacy's influence on the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Although the online version is available only to registered subscribers, Stephanie read from the article at the March 9, 2013, District Five meeting as part of a scheduled read-around. 3/23/2013
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, has had her poem "Be Still" accepted for posting on www.zingarapoet.net, edited by Lisa Hase-Jackson, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. In addition, Ronda's poem, "Camel Coat" will be posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, and her poem, "Thunder Snow" is available at Jeremy Taylor's About the House blog, Imagine That, by L. Kathleen Nelzenpublished February 22, 2013. 3/8/2013
    L. Kathleen Nelzen, District 5, Newton, has a new book, Imagine That, about what happens when big city meets small town and discover they share not only love, but a thirst for entrepreneurship and travel. This book is available on Kindle and also available in print from Amazon. 3/8/2013
Emergency, No-Guilt Ho Chocolate, by Emilye Yancey     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, (writing as Emilye Yancey), announces publication of her new collection of short stories, Emergency, No-Guilt Hot Chocolate, a delightful collection of seven stories ranging from animal rescue to wife search to a grandmother who won't stick to her own recipe for hot chocolate. Peg is an adventuress, and her stories are highly entertaining. The book was launched on March 23, 2013, at The Book Barn in Leavenworth. The books was published Hill Song Press, Lawrence, and produced by Central Plains Book, a division of Sun Graphics LLC of Parsons, Kansas. Peg's writers' blog is Kansas Plains People. 3/24/2013
     Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, announces the publication of herfirst novel, Tiger Hunting. It is currently available as an e-book, and the print version is expected to be released by mid-April. "When Jeni returns to her childhood home in western Kansas, she never imagines that she'll be hunting a white tiger escaped from the circus or competing with an ape for the affections of the boy she once loved. While she waits for the man she's left behind to notice she's not coming back, she reconnects with her family and works to pick up the pieces of her life." 3/20/2013Just a Housewife, by Pat Walkenhorst
     Pat Walkenhorst, District 2, Blue Springs, MO, announces publication of her latest book, Just a Housewife: Reflections of Bettie Wilds, a 1950s Mom. Pat compiled and edited the collection of wisely simple poetry and prose; scribbled and sometimes published, at the request of her doctor, who cried when he finally saw his mother's joys, laughter and prayers expressed in this jewel of a book, available through CreateSpace, Amazon.com, via email, and by calling 816-228-7452. 3/8/2013
    Gloria Zachgo, District 4, Salina, announces that her novel, The Rocking Horse, won Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest "20th Annual Self Published Book Awards," as listed on page 47 of their March/April, 2013, edition. 3/8/2013

February 2013

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, had a poem, "The Baltimore Catechism—Unrequited Love," chosen for publication on the web site Zingara Poetry Pick on February 6, 2013. 2/8/2013
     Bob Fraga, District 2, Lawrence, and Jean Grant, District 2, Lawrence, attended workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar in January, 2013. 2/15/2013
   Hometown Appetites, by Cynthia Harris Cynthia Harris, District 4, Randolph, reports she is working at K-State and managing Black Lilac Kitty Literary Services, plus also working on the family farm. She manages to stay pretty busy, but finds time to work on writing one biography, one work of fiction, and one children's book. Cynthia announces a Winter Book Fair and a free writing contest for adults. Contest rules and dates are posted on her web site. Also, Cynthia gave a presentation on her 2010 KAC Coffin Award-winning biography of Clementine Paddleford, Hometown Appetites, at the Glasco Community Foundation, Glasco, on February 10, 2013. 2/11/2013
Chomp, Chomp, Comp, with story by Nancy Julien Kopp    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has three stories published in books by Knowonder! children's magazine. Nerissa's Celebration, Nancy Julien KoppThe White Sail, with story by Nancy Julien KoppVolume 1, Chomp, Chomp, Chomp, contains Nancy's story "There's A Dragon In The Library." Volume 2, The White Sail. contains Nancy's story "Message In The Night." Volume 3, Nerissa's Celebration, contains Nancy's story, "Just Plain Sarah Jane." All three books are available for sale online. 2/10/2013Cupid's Quiver, Peg Nichols
    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, has her short story "A Vested Interest" published as one of twelve romantic stories in Cupid's Quiver, by Welkin Press. The compilation is available as an Amazon Kindle eBook. 2/15/2013

January 2013

     Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, has a new kid's serial in newspapers for their program called "Newspapers in Education" [NIE], beginning Jan. 22, 2013. Newspapers will run a chapter each Tuesday and each Thursday, ending on March 14, 2013. Newspapers involved include Salina Journal, Hays Daily News, Hutchinson News, Garden City Telegram, & Ottawa Herald. Other newspapers may pick up the story next fall. "A Home for Us" is about a boy who comes to Kansas in 1920 on an orphan train. A teacher's guide will be available for use in the classroom. This is the third consecutive year this program has used one of Eunice's stories in this time slot. 1/12/2013
       Dixie Brown, District 5, Wichita, D5 Vice President, and Virginia Hays, District 5, Wichita, past D-5 President, gave a program on KAC history and D-5 activity for the Creative Writers Fellowship Group in Hesston on January 5, 2013. The group had a turnout of twenty; several members of Creative Writers have also been long-time KAC members working to recruit new members interested in writing. Rachel Poling, District 5, Newton, who initiated this program, brought some old KAC Yearbooks that were her mother's. Rachel’s mother was a former longtime KAC member 1/10/2013
     Susan Howell, District 5, Wichita, recently become a member of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer, of Active Aging Publishing, Inc. AAPI isa not-for-profit publication Serving 109,000 readers in South-central Kansas. It is distributed monthly for free to those 55 and older in Sedgwick, ButlerandHarvey counties. Funding is provided in part by the Older Americans Act. Subscriptions are available."1/22/2013Daily Walks with Jeasus, by Sally Jadlow and Ardythe KolbGod's Little Miracles Book III, by Sally Jadlow
     Sally Jadlow, District 2, Overland Park, and Ardythe Kolb have a new 365 day devotional book out just in time for the new year. Daily Walk with Jesus is available on Kindle and paperback. Sally also has published God's Little Miracle Book III, true-life stories of God's intervention in the lives of everyday people. 1/31/2013
    Carole Katsantoness, District Rising From the Shards, by Katharine Carroll2, Lenexa, has a newly published book available on Kindle and Amazon: Rising From the Shards by Katharine Carroll [pen name]. She welcomes reads and reviews. A second book, Kat Tales, is also available on Kindle. Carole's hope, as the author, is to reach the audience of those who have been blindsided by a life-changing event, sometimes due to their own misdirected fears. Carole has a web site and a blog. 1/12/2013
     Jack Kline, District 2, Louisburg, had his short story (which took secnd place in the KAC competition in 2011), "The Clouds in My Head," published in the United Kingdom's Prole: Poetry and Prose (Issue 9, published in December, 2012). This was his second story published by this group. 1/31/2013
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has an article, "Trust Him and Serve Him," published in the January, 2013, issue of The Lutheran Message magazine. 1/31/2013
      Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission,had herTed Kooser poem, "Finding the Scarf," chosen for publication The Afterlives of Trees, by Wyatt Townleyby former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, in his syndicated column, "American Life in Poetry," in October, 2012. His column appears in hundreds of newspapers nationwide and online, enjoying a readership of three million. Wyatt's poem is from her book of poetry, The Afterlives of Trees, which won KAC's 2012 Nelson Poetry Book Award. 1/12/2013
    
Joe H. Vaughan, District 2,Kansas City, Kansas, 1804-2012, by Joe H. Vaughan Prairie Village, announces publication of his Joe H. Vaughannew pictorial history book, Kansas City, Kansas - 1804 to 2012. The work is published by Arcadia Publishing Co., in their well-known "Images of America" series about cities and towns across the United States. This is the first photo history book that has been published about Kansas City, Kansas. The book is available online from Amazon and B&N. 1/25/2013

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