2005-04-07 / Front Page

Public invited to meet local authors at library


Staff Writer

Authors from Sayreville and South Amboy will be showcased Friday at what is being dubbed Local Authors Night at the Sayreville Public Library, Washington Road.

The published authors will do a reading and answer questions during the event, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Expected to attend are Sayreville authors Daniel Gary Holderman, Lea Bayers Rapp and Helen Boehm, as well as South Amboy authors Jerry Smith, Chelle Martin, Flo Fitzpatrick, Jim Carney, George Francy and Tom Burkard.

Teri Yetsko, chairwoman for the event, said she had the idea of holding an Authors Night for some time, with the goal of providing an opportunity for local authors to meet the community, and give the public a glimpse into each author’s style.

“We wanted to showcase people from the area who have been published,” she said. “Some are more well known than others, but we wanted our community to get to know them, and also to get them into the library.”

Sayreville author Holderman said he is very excited about the event, which will be a first for him.

His book, “The Heritage of Terra: The Endeavor,” is his first to be published and also the first of a trilogy. He is now working on the second, which he expects will be finished in about 18 months. Holderman, 28, said he has wanted to be a writer since early childhood, and he cites perseverance as his reason for success.

“This is my first outing,” Holderman said. “I expect to do a reading and answer some questions — just get out there and meet the public, really just get my face out there.”

His book is a science fiction novel about a vampire who gets lost while traveling across the galaxy. Published by Author House, the book is available through authorhouse.com, bn.com, walmart.com, and is listed on sciencefiction.com.

Another Sayreville author, Lea Bayers Rapp, is presenting her latest book, “Mazel Tov! The Complete Book of Jewish Weddings.” Rapp is a more experienced writer, this being her 23rd publication.

“The book is a wedding planning guide; it starts with announcing the engagement and takes you through planning the honeymoon,” Rapp said.

While her book covers all shades of Judaism, it can also be used as a generic wedding planner.

She said it contains check lists and time tables, along with infusions of humor. It includes “lighthearted but serious information,” Rapp said.

“It’s very exciting. I like to see the faces behind the people who read my books,” she said.

Rapp’s books will be available to browse or purchase, and are also available through bn.com and at www.LeaBayersRapp.com.

At the end of the event, the authors will be available to sign copies of their books.

Also scheduled to appear are Jerry Smith, author of “Captive Angel”; Tom Burkard, whose new book is titled “Jack McKeon: Baseball, Cigars & St. Theresa”; Flo Fitzgerald, author of “Hot Stuff”; Jim Carney, whose book is titled “My Life With Elizabeth”; and Chelle Martin, who has written numerous anthologies and is currently co-editing a mystery anthology. Holderman, George Francy and Helen Boehm have contributed to the “Town Series” about Sayreville and South Amboy.

Light refreshments will be served at the event, which is free of charge and is sponsored by the Friends of the Sayreville Public Library.

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