Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township will host a Local Author Weekend April 26 to 28. Each of three separate book signing sessions will feature a panel of four to seven authors. Subjects include memoir, local history, children’s picture books, fiction and self-improvement.
On April 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., the following authors and titles will be featured:
* Bill Albert, Raleigh N.C. “The Corruption 0f Local 2621” is a work of fiction based on fact. A story of deception and human politics.
* Bill Ciccotti, Scranton. “Reality is Strange But Fiction is Stranger” is half memoir, half short stories. Which is scarier? You decide.
* Jade Heasley, Montgomery. “How to Rule the World” is a novel about dreams and disillusionment.
* Alison Treat, Falls. “One Traveler” tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who comes to Wilkes-Barre in the tumultuous year before the Civil War.
On April 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., the following authors and titles will be featured:
* John Anyang, Scranton. “Our Dying Churches and The Missing Link” addresses the stagnation and ultimate disappearance of traditional, seemingly deeply rooted churches in today’s modern-day society. Anyang is also the author of “Growing Up in Africa.”
* Edward Murphy, Clarks Summit. “A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter” is a chronicle of the author’s 40-plus years in forests and fields with humor.
* Tiffany Cloud Olson, Conyngham. “Sleeping With Dogtags” tracks the emotional rollercoaster of a military spouse while her husband is deployed in Afghanistan.
* Albert Savignano Jr., Edwardsville. “What Brother Garfield Knew” offers a seamless narrative of the often-overlooked life of President James Garfield.
* Bruce Spohn, Factoryville. “Christmas Treasures” is a collection of Christmas stories proving “the greatest treasure is in the heart.”
On April 28, from 2 to 5 p.m., the following authors and titles will be featured:
* Laurence L Cook, Plains. “Presidential Coincidences, Amazing Facts and Collectibles” contains little-known information about 44 U.S. presidents as well as photos of the author’s collection of memorabilia.
* Crystal Emerson, Parkesburg. “180 Days” outlines the poignant and honest documentation of the unethical behavior of administrators in Pennsylvania schools.
* Denise Kaminsky, Mountaintop. “Nittany Lion Gets a Big Surprise” is the newest children’s picture book featuring the famous PSU mascot.
* Carol A Miele, Albrightsville. “Metastatic Madness” is a collection of poems and recollections of the author’s experience with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.
* Karen Morgan, Dallas. “Morgan Update: Please Forward” encourages anyone who has endured crisis to choose hope, joy and vulnerability.
* Jill Swank-Gattuso, Yatesville. “Gabrielle Rae…Who do you want to be today?” Contains graphics designed to empower kids to dream big and realize their potential.
* Mark Thornton, White Haven. “Bridesmen of Madison County” is a novel of extraordinary people leading extraordinary lives. Set in the Pocono Mountains.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to host such a diverse group of writers and titles,” said Donna Wench, Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble.
Some titles are currently on sale at the Arena Hub Plaza store - others will be available only on the day of the signing. For details call 570.829.4210. All events are free to the public.