Local Authors Afternoon

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

A Gathering of Local Authors at the Library
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Meet local writers. Enjoy light refreshments and purchase signed copies of books. Authors will present brief descriptions of their books and will be available at the end of the program to sign copies of their books if you'd like to purchase them.

Participating authors include:
Laura Fedolfi
grew up in Chichester, NH. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. There she wrote a senior thesis in her dual degree of Philosophy and English. She went on to receive a Master's Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She has lived for the last 18 years in Chelmsford, MA where she has raised two children. She has held many different jobs, done a wide array of volunteer work, and is involved in the life of her Episcopal church, All Saints'. Though she has always been telling stories, she began writing them down only recently. Revealing Hannah The Greek Myths is a series of novels. Follow the adventures of Hannah Summers as she navigates her first years after college. Imagine trying to sort out work, life and love with the added complication of having your fate entwined with the Greek gods. Each book focuses on a particular myth and takes you on an entertaining trip down the labyrinthine path of Hannah's quest for a life of her own making...
Laura's published works include:
Book 1: Revealing Hannah The Myth of Cassandra, published April 2015   Illuminated Myth Publishing ISBN 978-0990979326 (available in paperback, hardcover, and kindle)
Book 2: Revealing Hannah The Myth of Arachne,  release date April 2016  Illuminated Myth Publishing ISBN 978-0990979333
Book 3: Revealing Hannah The Myth of Echo, coming in early 2017...


Vaidya Aparna Pattewar [Bachelor in Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery, Post Graduate Proficient in Panchakarma, Registered Master Ayurveda Specialist (AAPNA), Registered Ayurveda Practitioner (NAMA)] is an Ayurveda and Panchakarma specialist.

She is classically trained in Ayurveda. Vaidya Pattewar is the student of world renowned Dr. Vasant Lad and has learned pulse diagnosis under his guidance. She offers Ayurveda, nutritional and diet consultations at the Shri Dwarkamai Health and Wellness Center in North Billerica, MA. Recently she has written and published Ayurveda Cookbook-Eating for Mind, Body and Consciousness.



Beth Loganis an Enrolled Agent with a tax practice and consulting company. She teaches tax classes to lay persons and other tax professionals. She has written nationally on taxes and is author of "The Voter's Guide to Tax Policy." In the lulls between tax seasons, she helps small businesses grow and advises businesses and individuals on financial decisions that can impact their taxes. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and two engineering degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.






Glenn Davison is a kite designer, kite builder, workshop leader, author, and flyer.  Glenn has been an invited guest for worldwide kite events in the USA, Canada, India, Taiwan, Colombia and the Virgin Islands.
Glenn is the past chairman of the Kite Education committee for the American Kitefliers Association.  He is President of the club called Kites Over New England and he has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Glenn is an American national champion and has won many awards for building and flying kites. 






Dr. A. Lynne Wagner earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Nursing and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership. Her nursing career includes work as a staff nurse; in-service nurse-educator; Lamaze certified childbirth educator and a Fellow of the American College of Childbirth Educators; a family nurse practitioner; and for 20 years, a nursing professor at Fitchburg State University.
Presently, Dr. Wagner works as a Nurse Educator/Consultant facilitating mentor programs and presenting workshops/ presentations on caring practice. A Caring Science scholar and past Director of Watson Caring Science Institute’s (WCSI) Caritas Coach Education Program (CCEP), she currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Watson Caring Science Center (WCSC), teaching and mentoring students in the newly revised CCEP.  She is a certified HeartMath Trainer and also volunteers in a local Medical Reserve Corps. Her research and writing focus on reflective storytelling, how nurses develop caring-self, caring science in practice, and aesthetic inquiry, using poetry, photography and other aesthetic ways of knowing. Among her many published journal articles and book chapters, her first book, Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse’s Healing Journey with Nature, was published in 2015 by Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Wagner is a member of American Nurses Association, ANA Massachusetts, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC). Currently in her 3rd term on the IAHC Board of Directors, she also serves as the IAHC Historian, writing the History of the International Association for Human Caring, 1978-2013.  She serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the International Journal for Human Caring as Assistant Editor for Poetry, and the Advances in Nursing Science.  In 2013 she co-founded and launched the grass root Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium, inviting nurses to gather and dialogue about caring practice, which has recently evolved from bimonthly evening meetings to half-day conferences twice a year in partnership with hospital and community systems.
A world-wide traveler, Lynne is committed to co-creating a caring culture of loving kindness, heart-centered practice, and a transformative caring healing work environment for health care providers.

Rick Conti has written a dozen screenplays, a hundred or so sketches and short plays, and a handful of short stories. "A Slippery Land" is his first novel. After barely surviving a career in software, a series of misadventures and one tyrannical employer inadvertently gave him the chance to try his hand at writing full time.
Rick’s love for Haiti began on a 10-day mission trip there in 2000. Suffering from a classic case of “reverse homesickness”, he has returned several times. For eight years, he served as Director of Communications for a nonprofit that helps Haitian women create and maintain their own businesses.






Sandra Diaz was born and raised in Hong Kong when it was still a British colony. From a young age, she was interested in the mind-body-spirit relationship and how healing happens. She decided at age fourteen that she would become a psychologist. At age sixteen, she immigrated to Canada, where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She moved to the United States in the early nineties to pursue graduate school. She completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. She completed an internship in San Francisco, working in a community mental health setting in a predominantly Asian American community. She moved to the Boston area in 2004 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at a VA medical center, serving many homeless and disabled veterans, and she continues to work with them today. Visit her website at  http://www.sandradiazsecondcoming.com/

Emma Deese-Owens MA is the founder and chief executive ambassador for a socially progressive, intergenerational non-profit organization, The Living Artist Institute, Inc., located in Boston.
Ms Owens has worked successfully across generations for over 25 years. She is recognized as a national and international speaker on such topics as "Diversity and Disability" and "Managing a Multigenerational Workforce."
Ms. Owen's book, "Ageless Poetry" honors life lessons learned from young people of promise and the elder dignitaries in our communities



Event Type(s): Author Talks, Book / Film Discussions, Library Programs, Writer's Group
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Jessica Fiitzpatrick
Jessica FItzpatrick and Kathy Cryan-Hicks