Why do we read books, write books, talk about books, review books, and give books away? Dig deeper and we realize a passion for books is not just a stage in our lives but a life-long journey of eminent worth. Books provide sustenance like food. They immerse us in cultures we know little or nothing about. They transport us to imaginary worlds—unbelievable worlds—that lift us out of ourselves for a while or maybe a lifetime. They expand our understanding of differences among people, enlarge our knowledge about the world, and give us insight into our common humanity.
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Leilani Squire has facilitated creative writing workshops for veterans and their families throughout Southern California and is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various periodicals. She has completed her first novel, Fancy House, about sex trafficking, and is beginning her second.
Piper Templeton’s first book, Rain Clouds and Waterfalls, was published on Kindle in May 2014. Piper volunteers for a reading program for second graders, hoping to instill a love of reading in them. Her second novel Beneath the Shady Tree will be published soon.
Peter Durantine is the author of a murder mystery/suspense novel, The Chocolate Assassin, and a crime novel, Leave the Cannoli. He has been a journalist for nearly 30 years and works as news editor and media relations liaison for the Office of Communications at Franklin & Marshall College.
Glenn Schiffman is a co-founder of Roots and Wings, a non-profit organization counseling youth and uninitiated adult men in collaboration with Native Elders and counselors at Home Boys Industries. He is the author of a series of books including The Way I Was Taught, a novel based on his childhood experience living on an American Indian Reservation.
Katja Pinkston loves reading, writing, and laughing. Her life has been thoroughly influenced by the military, having been born into a military town and connected to the military through work and marriage. Her heart-warming and outright hilarious situations provide her material for her short stories.
Jason S. Fluck
Born in California and raised in Pennsylvania, Jason spent most of his childhood with his nose in a book. After graduating with honors from college, Jason moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing. He has written numerous film scripts and stage plays and has published his debut novel Jon Fixx.
Maren E. Morgan
Maren E. Morgan is a writer-educator-musician with a Master’s degree from Lehigh University. She has taught pre-school through college in urban, suburban, and rural settings and writes poetry, narratives, and how-to articles. She is now looking to publish her how-to book I Rescued A House.
Ronne Troup has been writing one way or another since before college, but especially at UCLA. The daughter of Bobby Troup, she has always loved the melody of her dad’s lyrics, and still appreciates the inherent music of the written word. She has published her mother Cynthia Hare’s autobiography, Once I was a Debutante, reviewed here.
Tyler C. Gore
Tyler C. Gore received an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and has taught at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and for Gotham Writers Workshop. His essays, short fiction and columns have appeared in numerous publications. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for Creative Writing.