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Local author to share haunted lore of the Quad Cities at Bettendorf Public Library event

January 23rd, 2023
Local author to share haunted lore of the Quad Cities at Bettendorf Public Library event

The Bettendorf Public Library’s Community Connections program on Friday, February 3rd at 2:00 PM might make attendees shiver, though not from the cold. Michael McCarty will present “Ghost Kisses: The Fascinating Paranormal History of the QCs.” The free program will be held at the Bettendorf Public Library located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf and no registration is required to attend. A five-time Bram Stoker Finalist and David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award winner, Michael McCarty is the Amazon bestselling author of Ghosts of the Quad Cities and Eerie Quad Cities along... Read More

Illinois Author Sean Leary Signing Books Today At Davenport’s Book Rack

January 8th, 2023
Illinois Author Sean Leary Signing Books Today At Davenport's Book Rack

Quad-Cities author Sean Leary will be signing copies of his books today from noon to 3 p.m. at The Book Rack, 4764 Elmore Ave., Davenport! Among Leary’s books he’ll be signing are The Arimathean, his novel about what if the three wise men were ninja wizards sent to protect Joseph and Mary from being killed by Herod before Jesus’ birth, and his award-winning short story collection, Every Number Is Lucky To Someone, which was nominated for an Oprah’s Book Club Pick. For more information, see www.seanleary.com.    Read More

Davenport Public Library Welcomes Author Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr.

December 6th, 2022
Davenport Public Library Welcomes Author Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr.

On Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30pm at | Eastern, Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr., a local author, entrepreneur, and retired combat veteran will present “Hard Work: The Mind of an Author”. Dr. Burl will speak on the topics of being a writer and author, the differences between the two, and determining if hard work is a factor for success for either one. The presenter will provide take-aways for the participants during this interactive session. Meet and greet from 5:30-6p, event from 6-7p with question session to follow from 7-7:30p. For more information, please visit the Davenport Library website.  Read More

Dick Stahl’s ‘My Cancer Chronicle’ Book Release Party Today At Rock Island’s Augustana College

June 12th, 2022
Dick Stahl's 'My Cancer Chronicle' Book Release Party Today At Rock Island's Augustana College

MWC Press, the publishing imprint of the Midwest Writing Center, is honored to announce the publication of My Cancer Chronicle, the final book of poems from the former Quad City Poet Laureate and long-time Davenport Central High School teacher Richard “Dick” Stahl (1939-2020). A special release party will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wallenberg Hall on the Augustana College campus, Rock Island. It is free and open to the public. MWC Press is working with Stahl’s family to bring this harrowing and powerful lyric narrative that documents his cancer experience, from initial diagnosis to... Read More

New Book, ‘Courage To Rise Above,’ Discusses Mental Health And Perspectives

December 19th, 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

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

Ferguson Weaving A World Of Imagination In Historical Novels

September 7th, 2020
Ferguson Weaving A World Of Imagination In Historical Novels

Welcome to a world of historical fact seen through the warped glass of hypnotic fiction, a place where imagination blurs with reality and local folklore acts as the seed to a blooming universe of oddity and the occult. Welcome to the imagination of local author Paul Ferguson. Ferguson’s fertile mind is apparent in his fourth novel, “Watershed (Vishnu Springs Volume One),” which is steeped in regional history and inspired by the works of masters of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. “Obviously there’s a lot of Lovecraft in there,” Ferguson said. “I encountered his work... Read More