Salina Library to host five local authors Oct. 1 – Eagle News Online

SALINA — Salina Library will host local Central New York authors Glenn Ivers, Kate Monto, Bekah Kurz, Patricia Antone, and Laura Livingston Snyder from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 1. They will discuss and take questions about their books. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Glenn Ivers is the author of “Angels of Bastogne.” The novel is based on the true story of a US Army doctor from Manlius and two heroic Belgian nurses who volunteered at an aid station in Bastogne, Belgium. It tells the story of soldiers and civilians swept up in the struggle for control of the strategic town during the Battle of the Bulge, and of the veterans who reunited in Bastogne 50 years later to reminisce and remember fallen comrades.
Ivers will share his writing process and will invite others to share their family memories of World War II, believing it is the responsibility of succeeding generations to keep memories of courage and sacrifice alive.

Kate Monto is the author of the children’s picture book “Calpurnia and the Pink Pedestal.” Calpurnia is a delightful elephant, who inspires everyone at Coast’s Toy Store with her joy. She wants one experience: to be the chosen toy atop the store’s famous pink pedestal. Surrounded by good friends, especially a young lion named Humphrey, Calpurnia comes to realize that being with those we love is more important than being in the spotlight.

Kate Monto is a New York state-certified secondary English teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hilbert College and a master of science in teaching from Le Moyne College.

“Calpurnia and the Pink Pedestal” is illustrated by Melissa Monto Nograsek. Melissa has a lifelong passion for art and design. Having earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, she continues her work in interior design and decor; creative paintings and custom artwork.

Bekah Kurz is the author of the young adult fantasy novel “Hearth Blessed, the first in the “Fairy Talent” series. The novel follows Enya, who was visited by a fairy on the day of her birth and designated a sióg cumas or fairy talent. Eighteen years later, Enya hides her wife out of fear. When Enya’s sister is taken from their home, Enya must journey with a fellow sióg cumas to find her sister. Follow her Instagram @bekahkurz for updates on Book Two in the Fairy Talents series.

Patricia Antone is a well-known local romance author. She is the author of several romance series including “Blue Collar Series,” “Falling Seals… The Blind Missions” and “The Destiny’s Path Series.” She is a founder of The Wandering Wordsmiths and travels locally with a group of writers to celebrate reading and writing.

Laura Livingston Snyder is an urban fantasy writer who sets her novels in CNY. The five-book series, “Dream Seer” is everything that makes autumn spooky: ghosts, time travel, witches and magic. “Huntress” has Specials, humans with extra abilities, who hunt down rogue mythical creatures, Unnaturals, threatening to expose their hidden world.

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