TWO LOCAL AUTHORS
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular.
Booktalk usually meets at 12 PM on the last Monday of the month in the USS Eisenhower Room which is located on the third floor of the Gettysburg Public Library. All programs for Booktalk are free and open to the public.
On Monday November 26, Ms Ellen H. Piacentine and Ms Gladys Parks, two local authors, will speak about and read from their writings.
Ellen began to write after she became acquainted with a group of Civil War reenactors. She says “my stories of these experiences contained pictures of reenactors, the Gettysburg battle field and its surroundings.” Later, she wrote stories for children and a book of poetry. One of these poems “A Moment in Time” won a meritorious award at the International Poetry Symposium in 2000. In 2001 her “Little Drummer Boy” received an honorable mention at the Distant Frontier Press competition.
Ellen taught school for 33 years first in Cape May, New Jersey and then in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Ellen divides her time between Gettysburg and Cape May.
Gladys Parks is a long time resident of Gettysburg. She began writing poetry when she worked as a VISTA volunteer in Eugene, Oregon. Here in Gettysburg she sponsored “The Writing Table” for seven years. The group met weekly at her home to read and critique the poems they were working on.
Gladys was born in Hawaii to Japanese immigrant parents. She spent the war years in Hawaii living under the special restrictions established by the US government for Japanese-Americans. Her poems reflect her experiences growing up as a Nisei and also the incarceration of the other Japanese Americans during WWII. When she was a student studying for a degree in nursing at NYU she wrote poems about her experiences living in New York City,
Gladys is a retired registered nurse who worked here in Gettysburg for the state health system. She continues to be an ardent social activist here in the community.
On Monday, October 28 Ms Esther Waybright, the Community Educator at Survivors, Inc. here in Gettysburg, spoke on the topic “Intimate Partner Violence Committed Against Older Adults.” She also discussed the services that Survivors, Inc. provides to our community. The organization has a 24 hour hot line. Information at 717-334-0589 or www.adamscountysurviviors.com.
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Booktalk is looking for local published and unpublished authors to talk about their work. Book sales are encouraged.
Representatives from area service organizations are also welcome to talk about the missions and activities of their groups. Inquiries: 717-337-1155
The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale. It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance. Members of the Friends are entitled to a 20% discount on most materials. Stop by!! Join!! Be a Friend!!