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Bettendorf Public Library Kicks Off new Club for Authors and Aspiring Writers

November 3rd, 2021
Bettendorf Public Library Kicks Off new Club for Authors and Aspiring Writers

Aspiring authors of all levels are invited to share their work and deepen their skills at the Bettendorf Writing Club hosted by the Bettendorf Public Library. On Thursday, November 11th, the club will meet at the library located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf. The free event does not require registration and starts at 6:30 PM. The Bettendorf Writing Club is designed to give writers the chance to share short pieces of their work and includes writing exercises along with a brief lesson from seasoned authors. The club is designed for adults and takes place on the second Thursday of each... Read More

After Editing Q-C Anthology, Prolific Author Will Teach Personal Essay Workshop

August 31st, 2021
After Editing Q-C Anthology, Prolific Author Will Teach Personal Essay Workshop

There are over 475,000 stories in the six-county Quad-City region, but just 45 people will have their reflections of 2020 published in a new anthology – edited by the busy author/editor Misty Urban of Muscatine – called “These Interesting Times: Surviving 2020 in the Quad Cities.” It will be released (full disclosure: I’m one contributor) in late September by the Midwest Writing Center Press. Urban, a three-year member of the Rock Island-based MWC board, is an award-winning writer who has two new books out (including her first novel), and is teaching a new MWC series, “Crafting the... Read More

Quad-Cities Author Raza Moe Debuts Romantic Novel ‘Sharing Love’

April 29th, 2021
Quad-Cities Author Raza Moe Debuts Romantic Novel 'Sharing Love'

Which is more powerful, love or friendship? That question is at the heart of Raza Moe’s charming, funny and good-hearted debut novel “Sharing Love.’’ “Sharing Love’’ tells the story of two friends who find their loyalties to one another tested by the siren song of an intriguing, beautiful woman. Which man will win out for her attentions? And when the competition ramps up, can anyone win? “Sharing Love’’ is a light, sweet romance in the vein of classic romantic comedies like “Some Like It Hot.’’ It features a fun, engaging style and a breezy tale, making... Read More

Local Author Connie Wilson Scares Up Fun With ‘Color Of Evil’ Series

April 14th, 2021
Local Author Connie Wilson Scares Up Fun With 'Color Of Evil' Series

A real-life literary scream queen of horror could be haunting a book store near you. Prolific local author Connie Corcoran Wilson has written dozens of books in various genres, although the ones that have scared up the most attention, sales and awards have been those in the horror genre, particularly her “Color of Evil” series, which is available worldwide in bookstores and online stores. “I’ve written the books as novels and screenplays, which have won multiple awards, and I’m in the process of pitching them around trying to get them made into films,” Wilson... Read More

Quad-Cities Author Sergeant Finds ‘Courage To Rise Above’

April 12th, 2021
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The discussion over mental health challenges can be a difficult one. Admitting concerns can be daunting and treatment options and social stigmas surrounding the issue are often intimidating to those suffering from this disease, as well as those whose lives are touched by those suffering. The issue of mental health and the facilitation of discussion about its perspectives is the driving force behind the inspirational book “Courage To Rise Above,” by Quad-Cities author Jennifer Sergeant. Sergeant’s book, which is available at the Davenport Book Rack store as well as online at all retailers,... Read More

Local Author Salvatore Marici Hosted by the Davenport Public Library

January 30th, 2021
Local Author Salvatore Marici Hosted by the Davenport Public Library

Salvatore Marici and Davenport Public Library invite you to a bold and rising celebration of place, elements, smells, taste, a transformation of mundane into magic. Join us Monday, February 1st at 6:30 pm and board into an evening of intermingling fantasy, nightmares, science, good times, and the realities of our journeys through enhanced senses as Sal performs poems from his collections of three books along with newer works in his upcoming 2021 collection. This program will be held virtually using GoToMeeting. Information about how to join is listed below. Local Author: Salvatore Marici Mon,... Read More

It’s No Mystery Why Clemens Slays It As A Best-Selling Author

September 7th, 2020
It's No Mystery Why Clemens Slays It As A Best-Selling Author

It was a cold and stormy day. We met at Elly’s. Little coffee joint down by the river. My associate and I walked in, took a look around. Waitress smiled her way over. “Hi. What can I get you?” “Nothing right now, doll, thanks,” I said. “I got business.” He was waiting at a corner table. Back to the hard brick wall, mafia style, eyes on the door, like a guy who doesn’t want to get hit without a chance to go down with some cold steel in his mitts. He wore dark shades. Dark shirt. Drank coffee black as the devil’s heart. Gave us a nod. Yeah. He was the guy we were there to meet. The... Read More

Teen Paranormal Graphic Novel Series, ‘Exorcising Ghosts’ Scaring Up Fans

September 2nd, 2020
Teen Paranormal Graphic Novel Series, 'Exorcising Ghosts' Scaring Up Fans

A teenager who can see the worlds of demons and the paranormal around us that others cannot is the protagonist of Sean Leary’s critically-acclaimed graphic novel series, “Exorcising Ghosts” The book is available worldwide and in local bookstores. Leary wrote and illustrated the series when he was a teenager and the books seem ripped from the diary of a teen, featuring various perils of growing up, including family issues, relationship breakups, friend squabbles and more, but with an added twist. The anti-hero of the story, Colin Drewry, is a recovering alcoholic and addict who... Read More

Connie Wilson’s ‘Bee Gone’ Wins Gold Medal At eLit Book Awards

June 19th, 2020
Connie Wilson's 'Bee Gone' Wins Gold Medal At eLit Book Awards

Local author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson was notified this week that her latest release, BEE GONE: A POLITICAL PARODY is a Gold Medal winner in the eLit Book Awards. The category for the win was Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Humor/Cartoon. The book was published by Quad Cities’ Press.   The E-Lit competition, which is highly competitive, offers awards in 65 categories, solely to e-books, world-wide.   E-Lit awards are dedicated to honoring the best e-books published each year for the North American market and also from overseas publishers who publish English-language books designed for... Read More

Retired Putnam CEO Had Stunning Year of Adventures, Change

June 10th, 2020
Retired Putnam CEO Had Stunning Year of Adventures, Change

They say every dog has its day. Well, starting last July, Harley – a beloved 10-year-old Golden Retriever owned by Kim Findlay and her husband, Rick Brackey — had quite a year. Findlay, 60, retired last June 30 as president/CEO of the Putnam Museum & Science Center, which she led for 12 years. She also was formerly president of United Way of the Quad-Cities, for nine years. With Harley, Findlay and her husband set out July 7, 2019 in their new RV for a cross-country adventure, all west of the Mississippi. They put 12,000 miles on the motor home, gave Harley the time of his life, mourned... Read More