Gwyn English Nielsen
March 25, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet the Author event for Scotch
Plains – Fanwood High School teacher, Gwyn English Nielsen on
Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 PM. From Footlights to
Flashlights is her collection of character-building plays for teenagers. The anthology includes ten chapters, each including a play focusing on a specific theme related to a challenge that adolescents often experience in today's society. Topics include morality, identity, peer pressure, love, inequity, manners, miscommunication, sexism, grief, and tolerance.
Born in Westfield, Gwyn English Nielsen has resided in New Jersey for most of her life. She holds a BA degree in English from Bucknell University and a master's in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Gwyn began a career in vocal performance and acting and then segued into writing, producing, and teaching on the secondary level. Published works include Torey the Turkey Goes Skiing, Serendipity and the Dream Catcher, and Teaching Love Life. At present, she teaches English, acting, and public speaking at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and performs as a vocalist for private audiences.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of From Footlights to Flashlights. Her other books are also available for sale.
April 1, 2017
1:00 - 3:00PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet the Author/Launch event
for Westfield author Matt Myklusch's new young adult book, Seaborne:
Strangers in Atlantis on Saturday, April 1, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM. Along with signing copies of his books, there will be a display of some of his original artwork. There also will be games with pirate treasure prizes.
In this follow-up to Seaborne: The Lost Prince, Dean Seaborne is off on an adventure worthy of Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard, and Davy Jones himself.
After breaking ties with the deadly pirate king, Dean thought he had left his life of spying and pirating behind. But, when the ruthless marauder Captain Skinner threatens Dean’s friends, he’s forced into one last job. Along with his trusted mates Ronan and Waverly, Dean agrees to help loot a sea-based resort for the richest of nobles. Posing as a band of traveling performers they bypass the resort’s defenses, but quickly end up in trouble. Deep trouble.
The getaway is actually a gateway—to the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. And a civil war is brewing in the depths, with Dean soon to be caught in the middle of it. As his enemies multiply, both above the waves and below, Dean Seaborne finds himself in over his head like never before
Matt Myklusch is a young adult fantasy/adventure author and is also the creator of the popular Jack Blank Adventures. Matt lives in Westfield with his wife and family, where he is always hard at work on his next book.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Seaborne: Strangers in Atlantis.
Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi
April 17, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for local historian
and Union County Clerk Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, author of Northern
Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War on Saturday April 17, 2017
from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Three million husbands, fathers, sons, uncles and brothers marched to war between 1861 and 1865. Of that number, nearly 750,000 never returned home. For Mary Ann Hamilton of New Jersey the conflict separated her from her husband and three sons. Her beloved youngest ultimately perished in battle and her war-wounded husband lingered in pain at home before finally dying. Rendered economically helpless, a woman like Mary Ann with young children--including a daughter considered "insane" at the time--eked out a living as best she could.
Northern Women tells the story of the perseverance and stamina of women facing an altered world, many of whom were confronted by widowhood, burdened with returning soldiers addicted to alcoholism or drugs, or strained by the care of men suffering from post-traumatic stress. The story of the Hamilton family relates the legacy as well as the dreams and hopes that these women left their children in the context of a rapidly evolving America--the new Federal pension system, the westward migration, industrialization and the start of the modern business culture--all of which opened new careers for women leading to their eventual emancipation at the start of the twentieth century.
Ms.Rajoppi, a former journalist, is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. A history aficionado, she chronicled the military service of her great-grandfather during the Civil War in her book New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion based on the letters he wrote to his family.
A contributor to Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors: Crossroads of the American Revolution, she also has authored several pamphlets and calendars detailing the history of the region. She is also a trustee and officer of the Union County Historical Society. She serves as the Union County Clerk and is a former mayor of her hometown.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War.