January WordFest

NOTE: Because the first Tuesday of January was New Year’s Day, WordFest this month has been moved to the second Tuesday, January 8th.

At the January WordFest, Richard Robinson will be reading from his recently published book, “The Sixteenth Horseman.” His first novel, the story spans fifty years, from Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939 to the collapse of theSoviet Union in 1989. Rich, who lives in Kalama, is a former college dean, with degrees in history and political science. His book provides a historical context for the major events stretching between those dates, including theKorean War, theVietnam conflict, the rise of modern jihadism, and the Soviet invasion ofAfghanistan, all told through the viewpoint of his main protagonist, Joe Gaultworth.

Also reading that evening will be Mary Lyons. As the survivor of a sudden cardiac arrest in 1987, Mary has discovered both, “an intentional voice of gratitude and a first-hand-fearlessness” when writing about life and death.  She will be reading a story from the collection she has been writing, called, “It’s a Fearful Thing…”, based on her experience as a home hospice volunteer.

The third presenter will be Douglas Gilbert, who will be reading from his recently published book, “Art and Soul.” Douglas has been a practicing artist for over 40 years. With graduate degrees in both Art Therapy and Fine Art, he has been able to bridge those two fields in his work helping groups and individuals heal through contact with their deepest creativity. He will be reading a chapter from his book, entitled, “Sacred Fire”, about the essential purpose of art making.

Both Rich and Douglas will have copies of their books available to purchase and to autograph.

Hope to see you there!