I Love Meeting Authors and Readers

Katrina Shawver speaks to a book clubAs a reader I love meeting authors, and as an author I love meeting readers. I learned many years ago that if you reach out to authors, sometimes they write back. I once received a hand-written note back. The clue is if they have posted their email or have a contact form on their website. Go ahead. Reach out to an author whose book you liked. The worst that could happen is they don’t respond. You might build a new connection or friendship. Remember, behind every book there is a real person who wants to tell a story…to you, the reader. Here are a few authors I have met. Continue reading

Consider Finding Good Homes for Your Books and Spreading Literacy

Got BooksConsider finding good homes for your books and spreading literacy when you need to clear your bookshelves. Reach those who need it most. Books are my friends and there are certain ones I will never give up, especially signed originals. However, as I have no willpower in bookstores, or online retailers, the flow of incoming books can exceed the space on my bookshelves (and stacks on the floor.) I eventually need to find good homes for those books I have read and can pass along. I think it’s good karma to share the gift of reading and great stories. Here are a few ideas for new homes for gently-used books. If you don’t wish to donate books, please consider contributing financially to support the gift of literacy.

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I Have Signed with Köehler Books to Publish Henry’s Story

Katrina Shawver and Henry Zguda

Phoenix, Arizona. 2003.

I am happy to announce that as of May 2017 I have signed with Köehler Books of Virginia Beach, Virginia as publisher of my forthcoming book: Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America. Publisher John Köehler has caught the passion for this project and remains committed to putting out the best book possible.

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The “Future Library” Takes Root in Oslo Norway

The “Future Library” Project in Oslo, Norway has taken root in 2014 as a unique, hundred-year “living, breathing” public art project. Margaret Atwood, a fervent environmentalist and author of over 40 works, has been chosen to contribute the first manuscript to this imaginative collection. Too bad we won’t be able to read her book in our life time.

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