At the 2009 Harvest Fest, Masthof Press will be featuring six different local authors who will be available for hands-on activities, discussion and book signings.
Janice Ballenger will share her unique stories as an EMT and deupty coroner and as one of the few people who entered the schoolhouse at the Nickel Mines Amish School Shootings with the bodies inside. Janice volunteers at a rescue company, keps a journal, and clips news articles about the calls she responds to and then recorded them in her book released in 2008, "Addicted to Life and Death: Memoirs of an EMT and Deputy Coroner". In October 2006, with the thought "there is nothing worse that I can see", a milk truck driver shot ten Amish girls, and killed himself in the Amish Schoolhouse Nickel Mines shootings. Read her testimony and hear her thoughts in person at the Harvest Fest.
Julie Longacre, well-known local artist and author, will teach cooking tips and helpful recipes from her "Dirty Old Ladie's Cookbook". A cookbook not like any other palatable volume. It is a collection of stories about food and people who like to eat. Food for so many of us is attached to a memory and although we speak different languages and have
our cultural differences, food is one commonality by which we are bound. There are 12 chapters full of enticing recipes as well as stories you will want to sit down and read while your dish is cooking!
Jack and Judith Woods, authors of "Towpath Adventures" and "Towpath Mysteries", wrote about a 12-year old boy, Jonathan, who experiences a summer working as a mule drive with his uncle on the Erie Canal. He found himself as part of the Underground Railroad that floats! In the second book, in the summer of 1842, Jonathan befriends a runaway named Natty, discovers a stowaway on board, solves a mystery at a graveyard and deals with a canal bank wash away. Jack and Judith will be autographing both books and answering questions from kids and their parents.
Gerry Kershner is author of over 9 different books and calendars specializing in Pennsylvania Dutch Covered Bridges, Landmarks and Poems. The 2010 Pennsylvania Dutch Calendar is a 13-month calendar featuring barns and bridges in Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Lehigh Counties. All text within the calendar is in English and then translated into Pennsylvania Dutch, which includes the photo captions, days of the week and holiday listings for each month. Also included are directions to each barn and bridge featured. Gerry will be autographing all of his books and coloring pages of his coloring book with children.
Jean Sweigart, author of "The Swing; A Storybook to Color" and "The Story of Ruth", will also be coloring with the kids. This delightful coloring book for children with an inspiring story about a swing used by a little girl and her brother and what happens to that swing as the years go by. A delightful end to a story that all ages can identify with! The beautiful illustrations lend themselves for all ages to personalize this timeless tale.
More information on each of these books is available at www.masthof.com and Masthof Press and Bookstore, 219 Mill Road, Morgantown, PA 19543 or by calling 610-286-0258.