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Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, did several book signings at the Book Barn at West Ridge Mall, Topeka during December. Errol is the author of The Job Coach, a novel about a young woman who works as a job coach in Kansas high school. 12/31/04
William Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, had two poems published in the Kansas Plus supplement to the Topeka Capital Journal on Friday, December 10, 2004: "One Hour" and "The Flight."
Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor titled “Innovative Meyer” published in the Wichita Eagle on December 8. Billy praised Russ Meyer of Cessna Aircraft Co. for proposing that a branch of the Wichita Boys & Girls Club be located in northeast central Wichita.
Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka,
wrote a letter to the editor encouraging holiday gifts to organizations. “Help others” appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal
on Tuesday, December 14. 2004
Dr. Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka,
a professor of mathematics, astronomy and education at Washburn University, signed copies of his new book Spatzies and Brass BBs: Life in a One-Room Country School
at Waldenbooks in West Ridge Mall, Topeka, on December 11. Spatzies and Brass BBs
is a collection of Ken’s memories of growing up and attending a country school in the 1940s.
Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park,
has had two books chosen as finalists in the 2005 National Eppie Awards competition: Cracked Crystals
, one of six in a series about the adventures of tennis pro Palmer Morel, (Action/Adventure) and Siren Sorcery: Magic in the Night
(Poetry). The books are available as e-books and in paperback. Larry is a professor at Johnson County Community College and winner of a 2004 Nelson Book Poetry Award
for Dust Devils and Collisions with the Wind.
had his winter poem “Fast Flakes," about fast sledding down steep hills, published in the Lawrence Journal World on December 19, 2004.
Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, had a poem, "The Greatest Gift," published in the Kansas Plus supplement to the Topeka Capital Journal on Friday, December 10, 2004.
Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had an article titled “Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree” in the Active Life supplement of the Wichita Eagle on December 2, 2005. Memories of Christmas trees recalled by District 5 members Gail Martin, Dina Doering, and Ralph Allen were used.
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, read from his recent collection of poems, essays and short stories, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious at “Afternoons with Kansas Authors” on November 28 in the Topeka Room of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
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Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, announces publication of the paperback version of his mystery novel, Max Conquers the Cosmos, by Five Star Trade, available January 17, 2005, and listed now at on line retail book sources. Max Conquers the Cosmos won the 2004 Coffin Award for best book published by a Kansas Authors Club member. Mark's second Max mystery, Max Unlocks the Universe, is currently with his publisher.
Lola Adams Harper Crum, District 7, Dodge City, died on Saturday, November 20, 2004, at age 96, in Dodge City. Lola joined Kansas Authors Club in 1936 and was a Life Member for 68 years. Lola served as District 7 President in 1967 and as State Archivist from 1973 through 1982. Three of Lola’s books are in the Kansas Authors Club Collection in the Spencer Collection at the University of Kansas: Adam-Kimbrel Family-A Century in Kansas, in 1986; Daughter of Kansas: Poetry Selections, no date; and Teaching in Dodge City's Mexican Village, in 2003. Lola lived most of her life in the Dodge City area.
Buster Jenkins, District 2, Ottawa, has been featured in a two-page article in the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly for November 2004. “Jenkins is not just fiddlin’ around,” by Kevin Groenhagen, appears on the front page with Buster’s picture. Buster mentions playing his fiddle at the Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention. Buster has also recently sold an article to Reminisce Magazine.
Dr. Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, was reviewed on the Books Page of Topeka Capital-Journal on Sunday, November 21. In “School tales delight,” Kelly Adams calls Spatzies and Brass BBs compelling, lively, and entertaining. Ken writes about his recollections of going to school in a one-room schoolhouse and other activities from his childhood.
George Paris, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital Journal on Tuesday, November 23. "Which Christianity?" addresses the intention of some at last Tuesday's city council meeting to "make this a Christian nation," and supports our right to religious freedom.
Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, was guest speaker at the 33rd Annual Friends of the Library meeting at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Sunday, November 7, Marvin Auditorium. Naomi discussed “accessibility,” metaphor, and the art of writing poetry. She read poems by her favorite poets and two of her own poems.
Ray Racobs, Clearwater, a new member of District 5, writes a weekly column called “Grizzly’s This ’N That” for The Haysville Times. He has submitted a memoir/humor book with the same title to Author House for publication.
Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, spoke at Meet the Author, Topeka Room, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, on November 21. Debra discussed her book, The Lives of Mary Ann Sage, which tells the story of the two mistresses of the Sage Inn established in Dover in 1858.
Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, wrote about “Appetite for Apples” in her regular column “How Does Your Garden Grow?” in the Wichita Eagle on Thursday, November 4.
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Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, held a book signing at Judy's Cafe, Mayetta, on September 25. Anne's new book, Widow's Walk, was featured. This event also included a drawing for a door prize copy of Anne's children's book, Margie BluePockets, illustrated by Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo.
Tom Parker, a new member of District 4, Blue Rapids, has sold two articles to Birdwatcher’s Digest. “Lessons for the Living” may be published, possibly under a different title, in the April/May 2005 issue. Tom’s column “The Way Home” appears weekly in the Washington County News.
Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, signed copies of her three novels—Rose's Mountain, Wind Whispers, and She's Called Willie—at Hastings in Emporia on September 25. 10/3/2004
Cynthia Ross, District 5, Towanda, performed, in costume as Gene Stratton-Porter, at Linwood Senior Center on September 29.
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had three titles on display at the National Book Fair on the Mall in Washington D.C. in October. His work was sponsored by Kansas Center for the Book. He signed books at Barnes & Noble Eastgate, Wichita, on Oct. 16, and spoke at the College Bookstore Midstate Conference, Topeka, on Oct. 20. His collected work, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, was reviewed in the October 2004 Midwest Book Review, an online publication. Reviewer Laurel Johnson says, "Whether writing poetry or prose, Max Yoho is a gifted wordsmith."
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, spoke and autographed his historical novel Sissy! at the Wakarusa branch of Commerce Bank, Lawrence, on August 31. Tom also spoke at Breakfast with the Experts on September 8 at South Park Recreation Center, Lawrence, at the KansasBooks booth at the Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, Sept. 11, and at the Applefest at Grinter Place in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sept. 12. 9/5/2004
Raymond Nelson, District 5, Wichita, announces his ninth book of poetry: Faith to Live By is available. This publication is a family affair.The twelve color photographs in the book are taken by his eldest son, John, in Colorado Springs. Ray’s daughter, Fay, wrote the introduction, and his son Tim wrote the afterword. The book was printed in son Stan’s basement print shop in Maryland.9/5/2004
Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, gave her first-person presentation as Augusta James, for whom the city of Augusta was named, to the Augusta High School reunion for the classes of 1940, ’41, and ’42. Roxie has scheduled six presentations as a result of researching, writing, and publishing her book How Did Augusta Get Its Name? last spring. 926/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, a collection of poems, essays and short stories, at two Wichita bookstores: west-side Borders on Sept. 3 and east-side Borders on Sept. 4. 9/5/2004
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Errol Wayne Anderson, District 1, Topeka, had his novel The Job Coach reviewed by Kelly Adams. “Novel amuses, educates” appeared on the August 22nd Books page in the Topeka Capital-Journal. In the best part of the book, according to Adams, readers are introduced to the special-needs students, "which really brings the novel to life.” Errol based the book on his own experience as a job coach at a high school in Kansas. 8/22/2004
Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, attended an Author Appreciation Day in Waterville, Maine, on August 6, for a lobsterfest and a tour of the Five Star Mysteries publishing facilities, who published his book, Max Conquers the Cosmos. Mark’s book has been nominated for the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Award. He also held a signing at Hastings Bookstore, Topeka, on Saturday, August 14 and will sign books at the Columbus Writers Conference, Columbus, Ohio, August 27-28, 2004. 8/15/2004
Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, introduced “The Legend of the Cross Timbers,” her story about an area of old-growth forest in southeast Kansas and Oklahoma, at the Electric Cat in Paxico on August 28. Janice Levering read the story, accompanied by “Grandmother Fluteplayer” Elizabeth Nichols. Linda and Evie Green, District 1, presented information on other famous Kansas trees. 8/30/2004
Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, described how a cell phone call caused an accident resulting in serious injuries to her daughter Liz in “Cell Phone Tragedy.” Evie’s appeal to drivers to wait to use their cell phones until they reach their destinations appeared in the Topeka Capital Journal on Friday, August 6. 8/7/2004
Edith Gustafson, District 2, Moran, age 102, was recently featured in KAC District 2 News as oldest living member of District 2. The article and photo are by Barbara Curry, District 2, Lawrence. 8/25/2004
Anne Haehl, District 2, Lawrence, has recently published a poetry chapbook titled Daughter and Mother. 8/25/2004
Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, has had his sketch of history of the Baha'i community of Samarkand (in Uzbekistan) accepted for translation into Dutch and publication in this winter's Baha'i Vizier, a Dutch-only publication. Since the Soviet repression of religion has ended, Baha'is in former Soviet territories have resumed practice of their faith and become curious about their history, most of which was destroyed by the Soviets. Information had been published in the West, and Duane has done research to give back to them what was lost. 8/19/2004
Buster Jenkins, District 2, Ottawa, had his memoir Tougher’n a Boot listed among the “Top 36 Best Books to Read” in the Kansas City Star on July 22, 2004. 8/25/2004
Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, signed copies of The I Don't Know How To Cook Book, a cookbook for new cooks, on Aug. 28, at Borders, Lawrence. The cookbook contains 300 recipes you can't mess up, including breakfast burritos, taco soup, shrimp-avocado salad, and baked lemon chicken. Link:online review. 8/30/2004
William Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, who also attends District 1 meetings, had two poems “The Garden and the Boy” and “Sunlight on White Walls” published in “Kansas Plus,” a supplement to the Topeka Capital-Journal on Friday, August 6. Bill’s poetry has been appearing in “Kansas Plus” on a regular basis. He frequently reads at Poetry Night at the Classic Bean West, 2727 SW Wanamaker, Topeka, on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. 8/15/2004
Jane Kurtz, District 5, Heston, had her newest book featured in "Photo of Frances Willard on bicycle led to 'Madness,'' Nancy Mehl’s weekly column Close to Home in the Wichita Eagle, Sunday, August 1st. Bicycle Madness, a fictionalized account of Frances Willard, who was a champion for the rights of women and oppressed workers during the 1800s. Nancy judges Bicycle Madness to be "wonderfully written and full of inspiration." 8/5/2004
Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of The Collected Sonnets of Robert N. Lawson, by The Woodley Press of Washburn University, Topeka, where Dr. Lawson is a retired professor of English. Also, Dr. Lawson had three poems recently published on CD-ROM: Pivot No. 57, a collection of poetry, music and photographs by Pivot Press, Inc. The poems are “Misplaced Identity,” “The Cowboy Poet,” both sonnets, and “Those Bedroom Eyes,” a narrative poem. 8/23/2004
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, had book signings at Delano Book Shop and Borders in Wichita on July 27. He spoke at Presbyterian Manor on August 11 and at the Watkins Museum on August 21, both in Lawrence. A book review of Sissy! appeared in the July 18th Wichita Eagle. Tom presented the book on August 17 at the Ogemaw County Fair in Michigan. 8/25/2004
Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, was first place winner in the 2004 Jessie Perry Stratford Historical Essay contest in Butler County. Her winning entry, “Did You Know Jack?,” was published serially in the El Dorado Times newspaper on June 2, 5 and 9, 2004. Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, won honorable mention in the same contest with her essay, “One Old Mill,” about the Amber Flouring Mill (Olmstead Mill) of Augusta. Both original entries are on file at the Butler County Museum in El Dorado.
Gail also had a full page article in the July 21st. issue of the Shoppers Guide, an El Dorado newspaper. It was titled “The Original El Dorado Farmer's Market,” with accompanying photo of the third largest Cottonwood Tree in Kansas by Carol Garriott of Seadrift, Texas. The market sets up in the shade of the big old tree. 8/15/2004
Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had an article "Heir Care" published in the August 2004 issue of Alive: a Magazine for Vibrant Christians over 50. It suggests things people should do so that upon their death their heirs will know all about their business and make it easier to settle their estates and take care of funeral arrangements and burial. 8/29/2004
Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, who has published 3 books to date—Rose’s Mountain, its sequel Wind Whispers, and She’s Called Willie—recently made a presentation in Cottonwood Falls, along with Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, about how to get a book published. Sam spoke in May to a group of seniors, the XYZ Group, in Grantville, Kansas. She has completed illustrations for a children’s book for Anne McCourtie, District 1, Holton, and she’s preparing to illustrate a book by Dale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka. Sam’s 4th book Targets of Rage is now being edited before going to the publisher. 8/25/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed books at Hastings Bookstore, Lawrence, on Saturday, July 31. Max read from his compilation of poems, essays and short stories, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, at the Washburn University Book Club on August 19. Also, Felicia was reviewed in the Wichita Eagle, "Topeka author Yoho wants to connect with his readers" by Nancy Mehl in her Close to Home column, Sunday, August 22nd. Nancy comments, "Yoho's wit is sublime, his insights profound." 8/22/2004
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William Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, and his book of poetry Pushing the Chain were featured in the July 2nd “Kansas Plus,” a supplement of the Topeka Capital-Journal. “Businessman enjoys writing” by John E. Chambers appeared on the front page. 7/14/2004
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, gave a presentation on “How Bleeding Kansas led to the Quantrill Raid” at the Gardner Historical Museum in Gardner, Kansas, on June 11. Tom’s historical novel Sissy! is set in Lawrence during this period. 7/6/2004
Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, submitted a haibun “Heartland Haiku at the zoo,” which appears in Heritage, a new international haiku journal edited by Ion Codescu of Romania. The haibun incorporates a prose setting, in this case about the world-famous Topeka Zoo, and individual haiku written by members of the group in response. It includes haiku by Evie Green, Judie Miller, and Elizabeth Nichols of District 1 and by Barbara Curry and Jean Jackson of District 2, and well as Ann Hochscheid and Diane Palka, all members of Heartland Haiku. 7/14/2004
Mary Alice Parmley, District 1, Topeka, spoke to 240 people and read from her book Seasons: A Reflection in Poetry at the Health Wise 55 supper in Pozez Center, Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center on July 6. 7/14/2004
J. O. Schrag, District 5, North Newton, wrote a letter to the editor thanking the Wichita Eagle for giving us Ivan’s view of the world. “Molly's Great” appeared on July 27. 7/30/2004
Harley J. Stuckey, District 5, North Newton, compared churches being seduced by a political party to the Lord cleansing the temple in Jerusalem in his letter “Political Faith,” published in the July 27th Wichita Eagle. 7/30/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, lamented leveling the hills and valleys of Kansas to smoothen roadways in “Flat Kansas,” his letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, June 24. 7/1/2004
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Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, spoke of his experience publishing his newly released novel The Job Coach on June 19 & 26 at the Buzz Coffee Shop, Topeka. 6/27/2004
Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, sponsors "Kansas Stories" at the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico in Summer 2004. Linda has told the story of the Robert Clark family, first homesteaders in Greenwood County; the story of the Garden Of Eden (Lucas, KS) and its builder, S.P. Dinsmoor; and the great tragedy of the northern Creek Indian Nation coming into Kansas from Oklahoma in the winter of 1862. Stories are told each Saturday at 2:00 and at 3:30 PM.Contact Linda if you have a story to share. 6/16/2004
Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, has featured Dale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka, and his new historical novel The Chance in the Contemporary Kansas Authors section of his website for June 2004. Bob has been affirming Kansas writers in this way for the last three years. 6/15/2004
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, recently acquired the Nancy Ellis Literary Agency to handle selling the rights to his historical novel Sissy! as well as his two planned novels in his trilogy to a mainstream publisher. Sissy! is scheduled for a tie-in promotion on Amazon.com with the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Unknown World, for June 16 through July 15. 6/1/2004
Mary Alice Parmley, District 1, Topeka, and her newest book Seasons: A Thoughtful Reflection in Poetry were featured in the Kansas Magazine’s Prairie Potpourri in the Summer 2004 issue. 6/17/2004
Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, has been awarded a Mini-Scholarship by the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority. Sharon Norberg is the South Central Regional Scholarship Chairman. Frankie intends to use the scholarship to attend the workshop by Jane Kurtz, children's author, at our State Convention of Kansas Authors Club in October 2004. 6/18/2004
James Swan, District 6, Great Bend, has just had The Librarian's Guide to Genealogical Services and Research published by Neal-Schuman Publishers of New York. James is a librarian and genealogist with forty years of experience. The361-page book for librarians and genealogists is a one-of-a-kind reference tool. 6/16/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was featured on the Topeka Capital-Journal "Books" page, Sunday, June 6, 2004. In "Laughter, a way of life: Topekan's latest book full of humor, depth" by Jessica Packard, Max discussed Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious. He also held book signings at Washburn University and Barnes and Noble, Topeka in June. 6/15/2004
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Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, gave a reading and signing his new novel, Max Conquers The Cosmos, at the Pike's Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs CO, in late April. 5/4/2004
Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, and Eleanor Bell, Topeka, read their works included in the new Spring 2004 issue of Inscape on April 29 at Washburn University. 5/4/2004
Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, will have an article in the July issue of Kansas Preservation, a bi-monthly publication of the Kansas State Historical Society. “Protecting the Trail and the Teeth,” about oral hygiene on the Oregon Trail, is based on artifacts Marshall uncovered while volunteering at the KSHS Archeology Laboratory. 5/14/2004
Glenn Fisher, District 5, Wichita, had a book signing at Delano Book Co. on May 21, 2004. The name of his book is Not to Reason Why. 5/22/2004
Anna Mae Henderson, District 4, Clay Center, had her poem, "That First Easter," published in the May 14, 2004 issue of Kansas Plus, a supplemental section of the Topeka Capital-Journal. 5/12/2004
Claude Lee, District 1, Topeka, won a short story contest sponsored by Byline Magazine with “A Pioneer Heart.” Winners were announced in the May 2004 issue. 5/12/2004
Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, spoke about writing to 65 students at Sedan Grade School on April 23, 2004, at the invitation of Pam Russo, special education teacher. Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had done Writers in the Schools presentations with the 4th, 5th and 6th grades, and the students had written stories or poems. Winners were named and treated to lunch with Dorothy at Pizza Hut. All the students were encouraged to enter the Kansas Authors Club Youth Writing Contest, deadline June 19, 2004. 5/12/2004
Cynthia Ross, District 5, Towanda, portrayed Gene Stratton-Porter, a naturalist and writer in the Limberlost Swamp, at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Newton May 1 & 2. Cindy’s picture (as Stratton-Porter) appeared in “History personified” in The Newton Kansan on April 28. 5/10/2004
Lenore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, read for the second-graders at Dover Elementary School on May 4, 2004. 5/12/2004
Dale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka, was guest on the Jim Cates radio show on May 5. He was featured in an article by Steve Fry, “Colored Volunteer Infantry–Soldiers made history” in the Sunday, May 16, 2004, Topeka Capital-Journal. Dale’s novel The Chance is about the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Dale spoke at the Brown Truce Festival in Cushinberry Park on Monday, May17. He signed copies of his book at Topeka Barnes & Noble and Hastings in May. Nancy Mehl reviewed The Chance in her weekly column, “Kansas Books” in the Wichita Eagle. “Author wants to see black Civil War troops recognized” appeared on Sunday, June 6. Dale presented copies of his novel to Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius and Topeka mayor James McClinton on May 24, 2004. Channel 13 TV, WIBW, covered the presentation. View event photo. 5/27/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had his books featured in the Kansas Products tent of the Kansas Sampler Festival at the booth of Kansas Originals Market, May 1 & 2. He also had book signings at Delano Books of Wichita on May 7, at Topeka's Hastings Books on May 29, and at Kansas Originals Market at the Wilson I-70 exit May 30. Signs featured his new collection of poems, essays and short stories, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious. 5/30/2004
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Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka, had an article in the Spring 2004 issue of ERC Now. “ERC–Making Connections for 25 Years” tells the story of volunteers, day care providers, parents, and their children making connections through referral services at ERC, now celebrating its 25th year. 4/12/2004
Dr. Robert D. Carey, District 1, Topeka, launched another 8-week writing class for seniors on April 7th at Lowman United Methodist Church, Topeka. Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., six or eight seniors find Bob sitting at a round table in the church library with them, exploring the craft of writing. “It's really a journey of self-discovery,” Bob says. 4/14/2004
Carl D. Clare, District 7, Dodge City, passed away October 8, 2003. His column “Carl’s Chronicles” was the longest running column in The Legend Magazine: Life in Southwest Kansas. Carl joined Kansas Authors Club in 1978. 4/23/2004
Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, won 2nd place for “The Operation” in the Personal Essay Contest (deadline Jan. 15, 2004) announced in the April 2004 issue of Byline. 4/12/2004
David Cloud, District 5, Wichita, had an article in the April Active Aging titled, “Schools, churches offer volunteer opportunities.” It was all about the many opportunities he had in retirement to volunteer. 4/15/2004
Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, has a new book The I Don’t Know How To Cook Book available at bookstores. It is geared toward beginning cooks, students away from home for the first time, young professionals, newlyweds, and anyone who finds himself in a situation where he has to fend for himself. It will have you whipping up great dishes faster than you can say, “Let’s order takeout!” Mary-Lane has published seven books and hundreds of articles. She was fiction editor for Potpourri literary magazine and has taught numerous creative writing workshops, including one for the 2003 Kansas Authors Club Convention in Emporia. 4/8/2004
Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor published in the April 2nd Wichita Eagle titled “It’s Democracy not Theocracy.” She referred to a previous letter titled “Gay Marriage” and remarked that Christian leaders had chastised the Senate on gay marriage. 4/15/2004
Barbara Lerma, District 1, Overbrook, writes a weekly column, “The Herald’s Movie Review” for The Osage County Herald. In the April 16 issue, she has featured regional film and literary festivals that will be coming up this spring. The William Inge Theatre Festival, the Willa Cather Spring Festival, the Safari Museum 2004 Film Festival, the KC Filmmakers Jubilee, and the KAN Film Festival are included. 4/16/2004
Claude Lee, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on February 26. “Educate All” addresses the need “to invest in every person's education as a community asset.” 4/13/2004
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, presented “Kansas—Blamed and Bleeding” on April 4 at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Also in Topeka, Tom also signed copies of his book Sissy! at RJ Carr's Family Bookstore and Hasting on April 3 and at Waldenbooks and Barnes & Noble on April 10. 4/10/2004
Joan McAfee, District 5, Derby, signed copies of her new book The Road to El Dorado at Delano Book Co. on April 14. Joan’s book was reviewed by Nancy Mehl in her regular column “Close to Home, a Look at Kansas Authors” in the April 11 Wichita Eagle. 4/15/2004
Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, had a reminiscence published in the “Topeka at 150” section on Sunday, April 4. “Dressing the part” described the McFarland family’s preparations for Topeka’s Centennial in 1954 and the pioneer outfits worn by the children for the celebration. 4/13/2004
Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, was front-page news in the Augusta Daily Gazette on April 9th. “Research fuels life for writer of history,” by Belinda Larsen, featured Roxie’s writing and the presentations she gives about the Ku Klux Klan. She even managed to get Kansas Authors Club mentioned. 4/15/2004
Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor titled “Saving Marriage” published in the March 27th Wichita Eagle. He referred to a previously published letter and wrote, “Society needs to refocus and come up with some creatively helpful ways to keep families as families.” 4/1/2004
LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, had two books, Branded With Love and Life, I Think, Is Like A Watermelon, featured in a full-page article in the April issue of Kansas Country Living. The magazine is published by Kansas Electric Cooperatives for their patrons. The editor, Larry Freeze, wrote the story. 4/13/2004
Ossie Tranbarger, District 3, Independence, Kansas, passed away March 28, 2004. Haiku was her favorite literary form. She received many local, district, state, national and international awards. Ossie joined Kansas Authors Club in 1966 and served as District 3 President in 1970-1971 and again in 1983-1985. 4/23/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, announced publication of Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, a collection of his poems, essays and short stories. Dancing Goat Press published the new book, as well as Max's two humorous novels, The Revival and Tales from Comanche County. 4/22/2004
Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest Celebration: March 30, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Thanks to members Annette Billings, Evie Green, Dorothy Masters, and Naomi Patterson for judging the entries. 4/1/2004
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Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, gave a talk about "Writing a Novel and Getting It Published" at the Shawnee County Library, Topeka, on March 28. Mark also signed his recently-published mystery novel Max Conquers the Cosmos at Hastings Bookstore in Topeka on March 13 and Hastings Bookstore in Lawrence on March 20. A feature about Mark appeared in the Mar. 20, 2004 Topeka Capital-Journal. 3/29/2004
Gary Clarke and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were two of three authors featured at a reception for legislators given by the Kansas Library Association. Copies of I'd Rather Be On Safari by Clark and The Revival and Tales from Comanche County by Yoho were given to legislators, along with invitations to the reception at the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 18. Clark, Yoho, and author Roy Bird of the Kansas State Library attended the reception and signed copies of their books for legislators. 3/4/2004
Dorothy Masters, District 4 and District 1 attendee, Harveyville, announced the winners of her Second Annual Spring Youth Writing Contest in her column “This and That” for March 15. She had 48 entries again this year. District 1 members Linda Geffert, Topeka, and Barbara Lerma, Overbrook, and Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, helped judge the contest. Congratulations to the young writers. 3/17/2004
George Paris, District 1, Topeka, won first place in the Kansas Factual Stories Contest sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas with his memoir “Walking on Water.” 3/17/2004
Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital Journal on Monday, March 15. “Company's Coming” concerns the hurried cleanup of the neighborhood surrounding Monroe School as the celebration of Brown v. Board of Education nears. 3/16/2004
LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, was interviewed by Ron Harbaugh on the WIBW Noon News on Friday, February 20. LeNore signed copies of her books Branded With Love, a contemporary romance, and Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon, a collection of original humor, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 21. 3/4/2004
Dale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor agreeing with Vicki Estes's column "Illegal immigrants shouldn't get benefits" in the Topeka Capital-Journal. “Uncommon Sense” appeared on Friday, March 12. 3/16/2004
Barbara Waterman-Peters, new member of District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on March 4, 2004. “Only a cigar” offers Barbara's perspective as an artist, a Catholic, and a former faculty member of Washburn University on the statue “Holier Than Thou” created by Jerry Boyle, Longmont, Colorado, which is currently displayed on the Washburn campus. 3/4/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, spoke at Basehor High School Auditorium on March 13 as guest of the Basehor Community Library. Max is author of two humorous novels set in Kansas: The Revival and Tales from Comanche County. 3/16/2004
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Storyteller Rosie Cutrer, District 1, Topeka, depicted a pioneer woman during Kansas Day activities at the Kansas History Center and Museum, January 29th, where students participated in hand-on activities and games. 2/1/2004
Nancy Glenn, District 5 Co-President, Wichita, announces that her bookstore has moved to a new location at 811 West Douglas, Wichita. Delano Book Co. features a section of new books by Kansas authors. Nancy welcomes any new authors to bring their books in for consignment and will arrange book signings for them. Contact Nancy by e-mail or by phone at the store, 316-263-8336, or at 316-687-6212. 2/1/2004
Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, had an article "Swiss Roots of the Kansas Baha'i Community" published in the German and French editions of the news bulletin of the National Baha'i Assembly of Switzerland. “Schweizer wurzeln der Baha'i-Gemeinde von Kansas und der USA” appeared in Mitteilungsbulletin, Dezember 2003, and “Des racines suisses de la communaute baha'ie de Kansas et des Etats-Unis” appeared in Bulletin d'information, decembre 2003. Also in December, Duane’s book Fasting: A Baha'i Handbook was reviewed in Baha'i Vizier published by the Dutch Baha'is. 2/12/2004
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, and his novel Sissy! were featured in an article by Mindie Paget, Journal-World Arts Editor. “Novel Set in Lawrence Blends Historical Fact, Fiction” appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World on Sunday, January 25, 2004. Margaret Baker, editor of “Bookshelf,” reviewed Sissy! for the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly. Her review appears on page 14 of the February issue. Baker said local history buffs would appreciate Tom's accurate descriptions of the setting in Civil War Lawrence. 2/2/2004
Ragen Murray, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his newly published Life and Love Come Together: Poems for Marjorie on February 11, at the Washburn University Bookstore in Topeka. 2/15/2004
Mary Alice Parmley, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her book Seasons: Thoughtful Reflections in Poetry on February 14 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and at Hasting's Music, Books, and Video in Topeka. 2/15/2004
Ivan Pfalser, District 3, Caney, writes a weekly historical piece in Good News. The Feb. 4, 2004, edition features a picture of Ivan holding a map as he talks to second-graders about the migration of the Osage Indians in Southeast Kansas. Ivan was one of the presenters for the Kansas Day program provided by the Caney Valley Historical Society. 2/8/20004
Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had several articles published recently: “Surprise for Matt” in Primary Treasure 47:40, October 4, 2003 (a children's church take home paper); a recipe, “Baked Seasoned Salmon,” in American Profile, Midwest Edition, January 4, 2004; and “Experiences with Kansas Winters,” “Handwritten Letter a Cherished Memento,” and “Family Supported Dream” in Capper’s January 6 issue. 2/8/20004
Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, had “Vacation on Grandpa's Farm” published in Happiness Magazine, November 15-21, 2003. “Enthusiast and his girlfriend ride high on their antique bicycles” appeared in Capper’s, 125:19, September 16, 2003. 2/8/20004
Grant Williams, a new member of District 3, Arkansas City, has published two books of poetry: A Little Piece Of My Mind and Another Little Piece Of My Mind. They are good reading. 2/8/20004
Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had an article published in “Brides & Beyond,” in the January 29, 2004 Wichita Eagle. "She's Your Mother: Make Good Use of Her" included wedding suggestions to help the bride. 2/1/2004 Annette's column “How Does Your Garden Grow?” featuring “Feeding Our Feathered Friends” appeared in the Active Life section of the Wichita Eagle on February 5, 2004. 2/5/2004
Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, winner of KAC's 2002 J. Donald Coffin Award, spoke on Kansas Day, January 29th, at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. Governor Kathleen Sebelius planned the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Kansas Territory and invited children of the state to attend her celebration—birthday cake included! 2/1/2004
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Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, a new KAC member, had a book signing for Max Conquers the Cosmos on January 17, at Barnes & Noble, 6130 SW 17th, Topeka. 1/19/2004
Karen Sells Brown, Bob Carey, Edna Ferguson, Evie Green, Agnes Kazminski, Trudy McFarland, Judie Miller, Mary Lou Stein, and Rosemary Torrez, all Kansas Authors Club District 1 members, and Carolyn Gibson and Barbara Waterman-Peters, held a book signing on Saturday, January 10, at Framewoods Gallery, Topeka. Topeka. KAC member Liz Nichols played flute at the event. INSIGHT OUT, an anthology, was edited by Karen Sells Brown and includes artwork by Barbara Waterman-Peters as well as poems, stories, and memoirs by members of The Write Stuff. The authors read from their work as well. New artwork by Barbara Waterman-Peters is being shown in the gallery. 1/10/2004
Edith Coe, District 5, Wichita, had her book The Way It Was reviewed by Nancy Mehl in her column "Close to Home" about Kansas authors. It appeared in the Travel Section of the Wichita Eagle on December 27. 2003. 1/28/2004
Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an essay titled “A Christmas For Julie” published at www.Moments_Of_Reflections.com in December 2003. 1/28/2004
Donavene Brian Liggett, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on January 17. "North is ready" calls for more retail development north of Topeka. 1/19/2004
Tom Mach , District 2, Lawrence, and his novel Sissy! were featured on “River City” on Channel 6, Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence January 14-21. 1/22/2004 Tom presented “How Bleeding Kansas Led to the Quantrill Raid” on January 26 at the Lawrence Library and signed books at Borders in Lawrence on January 24 and at Hastings in Lawrence on January 25. 1/28/2004
Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had a humor article titled “My Legacy” published in the Holiday 2003 issue of Short Stuff. 1/28/2004
Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, has won one of the four annual peer awards and the overall first prize of $285 for her poem “ Drought” published on line at Prairiepoetry.org. Prairie Poetry is a monthly e-zine publishing poems on midwestern themes and written by midwestern poets. About six poems are selected from among those submitted for each monthly issue. 1/22/2004
—Two other Kansas Authors Club members, Greg German and Robert McManes, District 2, have poems published on this site.
Myrna Roe, District 5, Wichita, held a reading and book signing for her new book Ironing Out the Wrinkles at Watermark Books, Wichita, on November 30, 2003. 1/28/2004
Karen Stokes, District 6, Larned, has won the Jada Press Award for Fiction for her latest novel. Talion: A Medieval Mystery received a high score from the judges for content, creativity, and professional presentation. 1/28/2004
Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, has written an article about the writing contest at Benton Grade School. Kansas Authors Club member Iris Cox-Pearce, District 5, Benton, started the contest in 2001. Christie Breault, District 5, Benton, joined her the following year. Margaret and Raymond Nelson, District 5, Wichita, serve as judges for the contest. “Good Contest–Better Writing” appears in the January issue of PTO Today. 1/22/2004
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