Studio B hosts book talk with local published authors
BOYERTOWN>> Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, welcomes the community to enjoy an event featuring local published writers on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Six local writers who have successfully published their work will share portions of their published works, their publishing experiences, and provide signed copies for purchase. An opportunity for dialogue with the writers will follow the readings. Writers include Erik Ammon, Virginia Beards, Clyde Hoch, Julie Longacre, Theresa Rodriguez, and Henry Youndt.
Eric Ammon—utilizes his experiences as husband, father, and teacher to create two children’s picture storybooks, The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly, and The Lost Squirrel. The importance of being oneself, the value of friendship, and the joy of helping others are values woven into Ammon’s touching and classic tales.
Virginia Beards—Drawing from her urban, suburban, rural and international experiences, the themes in Virginia Beards’ Exit Pursued by a Bear and Others include both a direct and sideways glance at the inanities of both the overheard and the zeitgeist, a Dairy Queen that mutates into a funeral parlor, an 18th century graffito that enlivens a bedpost in a Venetian palazzo, and a swim in the Nile both lulls and terrifies. She is committed to the pleasures of language and to multum in parvo, much in a small space. Holding an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, Beards has published criticism, poetry and short stories.
Clyde Hoch—A graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School in 1965, followed by a tour of Vietnam as a tank commander and section leader in the Marines during the TET offensive 1968, Hoch was born in the same 1750 home he lives in today; the last thing in the world he expected to do was to write a book.
In 2011, Hoch wrote his first book, a Biography of Linda, an intense and inspiring true story of a young Chinese girl, La Fong, her family and their struggles and escape from Red China, poverty, and abuse during the changing times of the mid-1900s. His fourth book won a bronze medal at the Readers Favorite International Awards Ceremony in Miami.
Julie Longacre—Berks County native, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, and first exhibited her local landscape paintings in 1971 at the Boyertown Historical Society thereby launching a successful career in fine art. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and calendars and historical books featuring her illustrations inspired her own cookbook, a poetry book featuring a collection of her paintings, and a book of drawings and reflections selected from her sketch books and journals and demonstrate her love of painting equal to her fondness for writing. In 2014, the most recent publication, The Julie Longacre Coloring Book for Children over 40, is designed to satisfy the creative appetites of grown-ups.
Longacre maintains two studios--one in Barto and the other in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she takes part in the musical, artistic and literary activities known for the island; but her love of painting and joy of writing has been an integral part of the Boyertown community for the last 45 years.
Theresa Rodriguez—is a classical singer, performance poet, author, choir director, and voice teacher with ties to Penn State Berks and the Community School of Music and the Arts at the Goggleworks. An author of four books, she holds a Master of Music with distinction in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
The author of four books, including Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs, her poetry has appeared in The Midwest Poetry Review, The Journal for Religion and Intellectual Life, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship and the Society of Classical Poets, of which she is a member. She is a contributing writer for Classical Singer Magazine, a contributor for the newlyreleased anthology entitled Reclaiming Our Voices: An Anthology of Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and has just published her fourth book Warning Signs of Abuse: Get Out Early and Stay Free Forever which aims to help women get free early from abusive relationships.
Rodriguez is also a frequent participant at the local Sacred Harp singings at the Exeter Quaker meetinghouse, the mother of six children, and grandmother to three grandsons. Her website is bardsinger.com.
Henry Youndt—Born and raised in rural Adamstown, Pa., Youndt is recently retired from a career in the woodworking industry. After discovering his neglected writing talent, he published his first book, Eddies for Outdoorsmen in 2004, a collection of short stories drawing inspiration from nature and outdoor sports.
In Youndt’s recently released debut novel, Pyramids of Thrush Creek he draws heavily from his own experiences and combines whitewater adventure with mystery and romance while exploring conf licting world views and coping with life’s unexpected twists and turns.
Bob Wood, Studio B’s Gallery Adjunct, is host for the event. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated. Details for each event can be found on Studio B’s website www.studiobbb.org or by contacting Bob Wood, 610-326-4165, rwood2a@ comcast.net.