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John W. Nassivera

About

John W. Nassivera grew up in Hudson Falls, New York. One of his favorite childhood activities was listening to his mother tell tales on the front porch of their home. He is the author of two middle grades novels: The Garden Raid and Chain Links, We're Better Together. John's approach to writing is rooted in the same stories and traits shared on the front porches that many of us grew up on.

John W. Nassivera worked for the New York City Department of Education for over 30 years. In 2006, John designed Explorations Academy, a new small high school in the Bronx, and became the founding principal. During his professional career as an educator, he received the NYC Dept. of Education Service Award and presented at the National Science Teachers 2000 Conference. He is a published author (Teaching Exceptional Children) and formerly served as an educator within the Departments of Curriculum and Education for the City Universities.

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Book Fairs, Book Signings, Fundraisers, Lectures, Readings, Speaking Engagements, Workshops

Website

Front Porch Storytelling

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William J. "Jay" O'Hern

About

William J. "Jay" O'Hern is all about the Adirondacks.

It started more than 60 years ago, when his family camped each summer around Eighth Lake and Brown's Tract.

His love affair with the mountains accelerated in his 20s, when he began backpacking through the wilderness. He's been at it for nearly a half-century since. He has indeed walked the walk, and he's also talked the talk, producing numerous books about the Adirondacks and the people who live there, with a special emphasis on the famed hermit, Noah John Rondeau and his friends.

"I'm definitely interested in the social history," said O'Hern, a Camillus native and retired Camden schools social studies, English and reading teacher. "It's not just about someone like Noah John Rondeau, but so many of the original Adirondack families that I met. I feel privileged that they have shared information with me. I feel a real obligation to the history of the mountains. It's going to disappear if we don't record it."

And record it he does.

Jay continues to work on Adirondack projects for those who appreciate the mountains, their people and their history. Jay's books are available through his websites; Amazon, Barnes & Noble; most Adirondack and North Country bookstores; and also at his hometown area stores: Full Moon Reflections, Carpenter's Hardware, and CampFitters in Camden, New York. Customers can also order any of his books by calling North Country Books, Inc. at 1-800-342-7409.

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Book Fairs, Book Signings, Fundraisers, Other (Historical Programs)

Websites

ADKWilds.com, Adirondack Mountain Traders

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Eileen Parsons

About

Eileen has had a passion for writing since her youth. She was the winner of the Augusta Chronicle's Newspapers in Education Award while in high school. She attended Augusta State University, majoring in Communications and Creative Writing. Since then, her work has appeared in the Good Newspaper in Syracuse, New York, as well as various local Christian publications and newsletters. It has long been her desire to write stories and novels that would inspire Christians to move closer to the Lord and draw the unsaved into the Truth of Christ.

Since the publication of her novel, The First Rose of Summer, Eileen has been invited to speak at women's retreats and fellowships, including Wings of Grace Women's Fellowship, based in Pulaski, New York, the Mallory Wesleyan Women's Retreat at High Braes Refuge in Redfield, New York, Live More Ministries of Jefferson County, New York, and others.

Eileen was born in Watertown, New York. Her father was in the Army, offering her a life of diversity and travel. She had the opportunity to see different parts of the world, traveling the East Coast of the United States as well as Germany. She spent most of her youth in Augusta, Georgia. She gave her life to Christ as a child and has continued to have a passion to serve Him. Her many experiences in life have increased her faith. She uses her travels and encounters as topics in many of her articles and stories. She currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband, Eric and dog, Sophie.

Awards

Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Book Festival and Great Southeast Book Festival; Runner-Up, New York Book Festival

Available for

Book Fairs, Book Signings, Fundraisers, Readings, Speaking Engagements, Other (Inspirational Speaker for Women's Fellowships, Retreats, Church Groups)

Website

ParsonPapers.com

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Darrin J. Renner

About

Darrin Renner grew up in Stillwater, New York. After high school he attended The College of Saint Rose, graduating with a business management degree. He traveled the North Country as a sporting goods sales representative for eight years after college. In 2000, after returning to college he switched careers and became a teacher. He spent many years teaching Advanced Placement United States History and now teaches middle school Social Studies at Schuylerville Central School District.

Renner credits his work with the Schuylerville English Department and his years teaching AP US History for inspiring his first book. The historical fiction adventure story takes place in and around the Massachusetts Bay Colonies, throughout The Great Lakes Region, and in and along the Appalachian Mountain Range. The book delves into mid-1600s North American colonization by presenting a picture of Puritan society, Northeastern Native American lifestyles, French fur-trappers, and Spanish soldiers assigned to further northern settlement. The book serves as a reminder to adults of history lessons long forgot or as an aid to any social studies teacher to engage students in the colonization era.

Renner also works as the Schuylerville Middle School Book Club Advisor, Basketball Intramurals Director, and Varsity Baseball Coach. He enjoys spending his free time writing and following his three children's athletic pursuits.

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Book Fairs, Book Signings, Speaking Engagements

Website

DJRennerBooks.com

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Mary Sanders Shartle

About

Mary Sanders Shartle is poet and fiction writer. She was awarded a individual artist's grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency, to complete her novel The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks, which came out in from SUNY Press. Her essay, "The Spider's Web," was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Open Prose Award and was published on their blog in .

She is a member of "The Three Poets" with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley, who thrice won the Adirondack Center for Writing Literary Award for best books of poetry. Their full length book, Tear of the Clouds, was released by Ra Press in . She teaches numerous writing workshops for adults and for children and teens throughout the region and hosts book discussion groups for Road Scholars (Elderhostel) at Great Camp Sagamore.

Awards

IPPY Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction, U.S. North-East (); Adirondack Literary Award for Best Novel (); Adirondack Literary People's Choice Award ()

Available for

Book Fairs, Book Signings, Readings, Workshops

Website

MarySandersShartle.com

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Caperton Tissot

About

Caperton Tissot, born in Massachusetts, educated in Virginia, married and lived in the Netherlands before moving back to New England where she and her husband raised two children.

Retired in 2005, from years of full time work in health care, pottery, environmental politics and fundraising, Caperton has emerged from the literary closet to enjoy the rewards of writing. She is inspired by family, small communities, the arts and backcountry wilderness. Her work includes essays, history, fiction, and verse.

An abiding interest in cultural and natural history is reflected in her books as well as newspaper and journal articles. She and her husband live in rural upstate New York where she balances an outdoor lifestyle with an indoor writing vocation.

Available for

Book Fairs, Book Signings, Readings

Website

SnowyOwlPress.com

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