New Bern's Authors at Greater Good Gallery seek to inspire future writers during "Book Signing Week"
"Hey, come over here and check out my books!" announces Lisa Bisbee, who will be hosting Greater Good Gallery's "Book Signing Week" in July. It's a chance to meet local authors and get an intimate look at the seven titles chosen to be on exhibit in the old Isaac Taylor House at 228 Craven Street in historic downtown New Bern. Bisbee shares, "We intend to make a positive impression to the community, hopefully inspiring others to become creative and fulfill their own dreams of becoming an author."
Meet newly published author Amy Snook for her premiere book signing at Greater Good Gallery from 2pm - 6pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Snook will be introducing her new book, "The Green Eraser" a young adult novel addressing relevant issues such as immigration and prejudice and resonates with every student’s desire to belong.
Set in contemporary small-town America, "The Green Eraser" is fast-paced. Everyone knows that being the new kid at school is a bummer. What if the new kid is from Burma, doesn’t speak English, and almost kills the writing teacher? New kid drama reaches uncharted heights in The Green Eraser. A silly prank almost turns lethal, and everyone is forced to choose sides. Will they remain silent and protect the guy they have known forever, or will they stand up for the new kid who comes from a country thousands of miles away?
Meet the multi-award winning author Kenneth L. Capps at Greater Good Gallery from 5pm - 6pm, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to discuss "Forgiving Waters" in more detail, "The issues of race are softened by the sheer beauty of nature and friendship."
Penned with healing in mind, New Bern, North Carolina, author Kenneth L. Capps offers new but classic coping mechanisms to disarm bullies and heal decades of damage in "Forgiving Waters". "Barbed wire cuts on both sides of the fence," is a bold quote on its back cover speaking on social issues. Semper Fi, Mitchell Bell, says "This year, a new writer, Ken Capps, has emerged from the masses with a breakthrough novel. Not only is this stunning story visually painted with words, but it expresses the deep emotions felt by all the characters and is timely with the current racial tensions throughout America."
Inquire about the quilts and ghosts in the gallery during Karen Dodd's book-signing on Thurs., July 25 from 11am to 2pm. Dodd reveals, "I now write quilts!" Due to a minor stroke several years ago, the award-winning author no longer writes novels. To express the words that keep hopping around in her head, Dodd designs quilts with words. The award winning author says that her Riverwalk Mystery series of books takes readers on a journey through coastal NC towns, including New Bern. While describing "Spirit of Union Point" Dodd claims, "75% of the story is true. With thorough research, I based the book on the early history and Civil War stories of New Bern's Isaac Taylor and its ghosts."
And our local author, potter and educator, Ben Watford will be signing his collection of his five titles at Greater Good Gallery from 2pm - 4pm, Friday, July 26, 2013.
Watford's wild-west adventure begins with a twist in his book, "A Man, A Mule and a Gun." Lead character, Jumo Gumasaka was very young when he was captured and shipped to the Americas in a slave ship. In the years following the civil war this ex-slave obtains a colt revolver. With this hand gun he leaves the South and heads West with a mule that he calls Nellie for adventure in the wild-west.
Poking fun at the institution of marriage, Watford documents his own journey through everlasting love in "The Complete Book of Fussing and Nagging." Watford says in the book, "I write this for all the men out there who have wives that fuss and nag. You should consider it in the genes of the species that we call women." Watford's book offers a hilarious insight at the daily perils of a long-term relationship. Bisbee adds, "Browsing tourists will pick up the book in the gallery and belly-laugh while flipping pages. It's a joy to see laughter inside a book."
Visit the landmark structure to meet the authors and ghosts, now home to Greater Good Gallery and Isaac Taylor Garden. For more information, phone (252) 649-1712, or visit greatergoodgallery.com