Stu­dio B hosts book talk with lo­cal pub­lished au­thors

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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.

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