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Good Reads

THIS WEEK: SEPT. 4 to 10, 2009

Book Signing, with Robert Phillip Bomboy, author of “Smart Boys Swimming in the River Styx,” about the members of the 109th Field Artillery involved in a tragic train wreck. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. 821-1959.

Socrates Café. Discuss, listen and raise questions about a topic chosen by the group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 821-1959.

Writers Group. All writing styles and formats welcome. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Thursday at 7 p.m. Free. Registration: 996-1500.

FUTURE

Poetry and Music Festival, the third annual event with poets Joe Weil, James Hoch, Phil Miller, Gabriel Welsch, Todd David, Ed Ochester, Lee Upton, K.A. Hays, Jerry Wemple and other. Included: readings by award-winning poets, workshops for students and teachers, acoustic jazz music and poetry open mics. Stillwater Memorial Park, Route 487, Stillwater. Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 925-2347.

Book Signing with LeAnne Brogan, author of “After the Bell Rings,” a collection of short stories about students at Drums Elementary/Middle School in Hazleton. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m. 208-4700.

Book Signing with David Crosby, author of “Scranton’s Railroads,” a pictorial journey through Scranton’s historic rail system. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. 829-4210.

Book Signing with Kaylie Jones, author of “Lies My Mother Never Told Me,” about the author’s struggle to flourish despite the looming shadow of a famous father and an emotionally abusive mother. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. 208-4700.

Book Discussion, of “The Mixquiahuala Letters” by Ana Castillo. Led by Andrea Talarico at Anthology Books, 515 Center St., Scranton. In conjunction with the Everhart Museum’s “Day of the Dead: Art & Culture in the Americas” exhibit. Sept. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. 346-7186.

Christian Authors Meet and Greet, with Sam Batterman, Walter G. Deecki, Jerome Gilmartin, Kimberly Kirk, Roberta Klein, Danielle O’Keefe, Edgar G. Rodriguez, Sarah H. Tolliver and Steven White. Gifts from Above, 908 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Scranton. Sept. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. 558-2828.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery-book group discusses “A Test of Wills” by Charles Todd. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. 821-1959.

Campion Literary Society Open Readings. Share poems, short stories, drama and creative non-fiction either original or works by favorite authors. Gold Room, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 208-5900.

Book Signing, with Jay Luke, author of “When Coal Was Queen: The History of the Queen City – Olyphant, Pennsylvania.” Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 19, noon to 2 p.m. 208-4700.

Teen Book Club, a discussion of “13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson. For ages 14 to 18. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 208-4700.

Book Signing, with Cheryl Petersen, author of “21st Century Science & Health with a Key to the Scriptures.” Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 24, noon to 2 p.m. 208-4700.

New Age Book Club, a discussion of inspirational and uplifting books. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Booksellers, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 208-4700.

Campion Literary Society Writing Workshop, an hour-long, informal themed class to produce drafts of poems, short stories or non-fiction. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 208-5900.

West Pittston Book Club, a discussion of “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Oct. 6 at 6:45 p.m. 654-9847.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery-book group discusses “Thyme of Death” by Susan Wittig Albert. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. 821-1959.

West Pittston Book Club, a discussion of “The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Nov. 3 at 6:45 p.m. 654-9847.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery-book group discusses “True Believers” by Jane Haddam. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. 821-1959.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery-book group discusses “Death by Darjeeling” by Laura Childs. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. 821-1959.

West Pittston Book Club, a discussion of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 5 at 6:45 p.m. 654-9847.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pass the Pierogies, a humorous account of growing up in the Coal Region during the 1950s and ’60s by Mount Carmel native Mike Breslin, who takes jabs at his parochial-school education, block party games of chance, flattop haircuts, coal miners and bars along with lighthearted recollections of what kids and adults did for fun. Available on line at lulu.com.

Natural Pennsylvania Gallery invites all writers – students, teachers, parents, workers, retirees – to submit all forms of composition from short stories, journal entries, YouTube videos and more to be featured in a virtual gallery associated with the National Gallery of Writing at galleryofwriting.org.

A Surprise for Grandmother Rabbit, a children’s book by Buck Hill Falls resident Barbara J. Smith was recently published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. The story follows a little boy trying to deliver a pie but meeting up with forest animals who would like a piece. Available at tatepublishing.com.

Sneezy Louise, a children’s book by Clarks Summit resident Irene Breznak, was recently published by Random House. The book is a fun story which gently reminds children to cover their mouth when they sneeze. Available at most internet booksellers and at independent bookstore.

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