The Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn is proud to once again offer a five-week summer author series that will bring some of New England’s most popular and interesting writers to the library. For five consecutive Wednesdays, starting on July 17, the series will feature journalists, fiction writers, historians and playwrights.
Each program will run from 6:30-8pm and is free and open to the general public.
“For the third year in a row, we’re excited to bring a diverse group of writers and authors to the library and to Auburn,” said library director Kathy Growney. “This continues the library’s tradition of being a magnet for community, to bring patrons and book lovers together on a regular basis to experience Griffin Free both as an event space and to enable readers to experience first-hand whichever style of writing they enjoy.”
Among the events featured will be a live interview with playwright David Preece, moderated by journalist Dan Szczesny. The series will also feature historian Michael Bruno, radio personality Mike Morin and novelists and collaborator sisters, Roxanne and Karen Dent.
The very special guest of the series will be Randy Pierce, a writer, mountain climber and runner who lost his vision at the age of 22, but went on to form 2020 Vision Quest, a non-profit organization that helps the visually impaired reach full potential.
Once again, the library will bring back its Author Passport for the series, where attendees can have their passport stamped and signed by the authors. Attend four of the five events to be entered into a prize drawing!
All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Below, is the detailed list of events.
July 17: Michael Bruno, Making a Mark with NH’s Historical Signs
As a young adult, Michael Bruno would stop at the historical markers that dotted the Granite State highways while riding his motorcycle. He found each of the markers intriguing with their unique story. Now, more than thirty-years later, Michael embarked on a project to visit and provide expanded information regarding each of the 255 New Hampshire historical markers that are currently exhibited along the byways of New Hampshire.
The result of that project is the book “Cruising New Hampshire History,” a lively look at some famous and not so famous markers around the state. Join Michael for a multi-media program that criss-crosses Granite State history.
Michael was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. After serving in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years, Michael returned to New Hampshire in 2009. Michael has been a JROTC Army Instructor at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield since his military retirement.
A question and answer period will follow Michael’s presentation and he’ll have his books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
July 24: Mike Morin, Get in the Lane with Stories from the History of Candlepin Bowling
Hold on to your tray tables, boys and girls! This was the Saturday lunchtime rally cry from legendary Channel 5 sports-caster Don Gillis. Every week for nearly four decades, families slurped tomato soup and crunched on grilled cheese sandwiches while the world’s best candlepin bowlers performed otherworldly feats for over 200,000 TV viewers.
Writer and radio personality Mike Morin’s new book, “Lunch With Tommy and Stasia: TV’s Golden Age of Candlepin Bowling,” is the very first behind-the-scenes look at what made these pop-up stars tick. Morin watched hundreds of hours of classic TV matches and then sought out the bowlers to uncover what really happened on (and off) the lanes.
Raised in Detroit, Mike was a radio and television personality for 43 years before leaving broadcasting in 2014. Then five years went by and Mike returned to the airwaves as co-host of Morin in the Morning with Lori D, on 106.3 Frank FM.
Mike discovered candlepins later in life and quickly became interested in the stars whose stories made the game so compelling. Join him for some big stories on the even bigger personalities behind this popular past time.
A question and answer period will follow Mike’s presentation and he’ll have his books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
July 31: Randy Pierce, An Inspirational Vision for Life
Randy Pierce was on top of the world; 22 years old, fresh out of college and thriving at an excellent job. Then, in just two short and devastating weeks, an unexpected neurological disorder plunged him into blindness. Randy, believing his future had vanished in the blink of an eye, wondered, “How can my life have meaning now?” In “See You at the Summit,” an uplifting personal account of his journey through adversity to accomplishment, Randy takes the reader through an improbable tale of human resiliency.
Follow Randy as he learns to pick up the pieces of his life while discovering the extreme love, devotion and bravery of his guide dogs. Randy’s insightful vision will show you how our choices in responding to life’s challenges define us so much more than those challenges ever could.
Inviting a blind man to share his book with an audience likely isn’t a typical book reading. But Randy Pierce isn’t a typical author. Randy will share some images and video clips to supplement his powerful vision on how all of us might reach for our peak potential. Accompanied by his beautiful Guide Dog, Autumn, they’ll engage all questions with an impressive and infectious passion for life.
Randy is the founder and President of 2020 Vision Quest, an organization that leads and inspires students and professionals to reach their peak potential while providing financial support for crucial vision services.
A question and answer period will follow Randy’s presentation and he’ll have his books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
August 7: David Preece, All the World is His Stage
Manchester writer David John Preece has had several productions of his plays and screenplays produced, including Charles Dickens’ Ghost Stories, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The House of the Seven Gables, Tender, According to John, Last Gleaming, The Story of Ruth, and The Unicorn from the Stars.
His short film, Lunch with Eddie was shown at over thirty international film festivals and won several awards including Best Short Film and Best Director.
He was educated and trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, HB Studios, Playwrights Horizons, American Conservatory Theatre, and University of California – Los Angeles.
For his presentation, David will explore the differences between the craft of playwriting and screenwriting, as well as the importance of the storytelling in both mediums. This talk and interview will be hosted by journalist Dan Szczesny
A question and answer period will follow the presentation. 6:30-8. Free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
August 14: Roxanne and Karen Dent, The Art and Pleasure of Collaboration
Have you ever wondered how artists or writers can collaborate on a project, how having one vision for a book can be shared between two talented writers? Sisters Karen and Roxanne Dent, both fiction writers and playwrights on their own, will discuss writing together as a team, what inspired them to combine their talents and what it takes to collaborate with another writer.
Karen Dent’s short fiction has appeared in many anthologies in a variety of genres: horror, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, YA, and middle-grade. She’s completed her first full-length novel, “A Case to KILL For,” a Paranormal/Mystery.
Roxanne Dent is a full-time, professional writer. Before moving to Massachusetts, she lived in New York City and sold six novels to Avon Paperbacks, Jove, NAL Signet, Manor and Warner Books. Roxanne also joined an independent film club where she wrote and directed a three-minute thriller, “Valentine’s Day,” which won the Audience Choice Award in The Bare Bones International Film Festival.
A question and answer period will follow Roxanne and Karen’s presentation and they’ll have their books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free and open to the public. No registration is needed.