ALVA looks with pride at its talented
and eclectic group of poets, novelists, historians, and children's illustrated book researchers and writers. It's reaching
the point where one can do one stop holiday shopping for the whole family regardless of their reading preferences!
~ALVA started with the publication of Roberta
M Roy's scifi novel developed around the notion that if people were informed enough and worked together, community
healing after a nuclear meltdown was possible. Jolt: a rural noir remains great reading for any dedicated citizen
who dares to ask, "What might I do for my family and the community if there were a nuclear meltdown down wind of us?"
Medalist in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Jenkins Living Now Awards, Jolt: a rural noir remains
as relevant and vital today as it was two years ago . . . and as our nuclear power plants continue to age, perhaps even more
~The title of Kristen Henderson's
Drum Machine belies the depth of human feeling communicated through her tightly written, lyric poems
as the lead you through the throes of facing life's challenges and taking them on one at a time and coming up whole. With
Drum Machine Henderson was honored with the Gold Medal in Poetry in the 2011 International
~As for Lorna
Tychostup, creator of the passionate poems found in Tales from the Revolution, this year
the documentary on her political activism, Bordering on Treason, directed by Trish Dalton was
awarded the Best Short Documentary at the Big Apple Film Festival 2013! Congratulations, Trish Dalton and Lorna Tychostup!
Breed's book of poetry, Adirondack Paper Girl . . . just as with all her other books . . . continues to
sell at a clip.
Caminero has put up her own website to celebrate the beauty of her first illustrated children's book, The
Healing Patch: A Child's Guide to Happiness. Worth a look if you'd like to meet the essential Catherine Caminero,
check it out at www.Thehealingpatch.us
~Carl Waldman and
Chris Campbell's charmingly illustrated 70 page eBook/Book, Sharon Springs Timeline: A Microcosm of American History, with Dates Relating to a Remarkable Village and Neighboring
Regions, from the 16th Century to Modern Times, will delight the hearts of history buffs and area residents alike. Reading it was a short cut
through American history illuminated by a surprising number of shakers and movers when one considers the limited size of the
area on which the book focuses.
~Betty Hampel's fourth and most mature novel, Once a Gypsy,
will be released this week. Below a few quotes to suggest the tenor of Hampel's story:
A quote from the heiress and central character herself:
Mother said the face of Destiny wears many masks: that Fate & Fortune move in full
disguise. I believe her words were true, for the future came to me bearing British postage.
~ Cassandra Marcella Connelly, ‘Cassie,'
Brooklyn, New York
A sample that illustrates the lyric quality
of Hampel's writing:
The soggy soil
clutched at my shoes, sought to mire my footsteps, suck me down into its foul smelling dampness. Long night shadows
stalked the graveyard and only a blood red glow to the west gave evidence of a sun now set. The air had chilled, and
I shivered in my summery dress.
A hint as
to the direction of Once a Gypsy: It all seemed ridiculous, unnecessary, unrealistic: the premonitions of impending
doom; the nightmares, the warning bells, and especially the episodes on the moor and with Mother's Crystal Ball, although
the latter had proved itself to be completely correct in at least one important instance . . .
~~~~I am so proud that ALVA represents so many talented and dedicated writers!
Roberta in Po-Town
Wishing you a very Merry Holiday Season!