You know you want to write that novel, but you’re facing a blank computer screen. Where do you begin, and how do you keep going? Four published Alabama authors share how they approach writing a novel: Jamie Dodson, Les Johnson, Beck McDowell, and Scott Oden.
Presenters: Lynne Berry, Community Foundation; Cathy Miller, United Way; Mary Moore, Huntsville Public Library; Candace Burnett, Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Each presenter will discuss different resources for nonprofits in our community. A networking session will follow the talks, giving participants an opportunity to promote their organization and seek partners.
A country's postage stamps are a window into it's soul. They tell of it's culture, priorities, morals, and objectives. Looking back in time they are probably the most accurate picture of it's history, a picture it can never redraw in hindsight. A look at the stamps the world issued during and since World War II offer a unique history of that period. "Stamps and Stories of World War II" won't be a lecture about the war. It will be a hands on "show and tell" of some of the most interesting vignettes about the war.
Jon Berger is a real philatelist. He started collecting stamps in 1952 and has never lost his passion for it. But a philatelist is more than someone who amasses a quantity of stamps. A philatelist studies everything about stamps, their issuance, their use, and the way they reflect their time in history. Jon started a serious study of World War II around the same time he started his stamp collection and the two seem to have travelled hand-in-hand ever since. "Stamps and Stories of World War II" is the current status of that journey.
What is Arduino? A cool and fun single board computer to learn electronics. Learn about Arduino and see it in action as Don Wilcher gives a hands-on demo of how to build an electronic 7-Segment LED Display Flasher. If you’ve ever wondered how electronics work, this is your opportunity. Don is the author of Learn Electronics with Arduino. He’ll introduce this DIY how-to book, and give an easy-to-digest taste of the world of electronics engineering. Read more about How to Do Things: Electronics with Arduino
Write Right Lunch & Learn: “Creating Compelling Characters”
Tuesday, October 9
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, 915 Monroe Street
Second Floor Events Room
Presenters: Rhonda Nelson and Kimberly Lang
The best plot in the world will fall flat without characters your readers love (or love to hate). Learn to create realistic, three-dimensional characters readers will never forget.
USA Today bestselling author, Kimberly Lang is a former ballet dancer and English teacher. She is president of the Heart of Dixie chapter of Romance Writers of America and a founding member of the The Writing Playground, a website for aspiring authors. Her forthcoming 2012 title is Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet.
Two-time RITA nominee and Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee, Rhonda Nelson writes hot romantic comedy for Harlequin Blaze and other Harlequin imprints. Her latest collection of Blazing Bedtime Stories comes out in October.
Bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. No registration required.
Internationally acclaimed opera star Susanna Phillips will talk about her career and perform selections from various roles in a family-friendly program on Saturday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to noon in the atrium of the main library, 915 Monroe St. Read more about Susanna Phillips: Life of an Opera Star
Chef Donovan Fandre shares the secrets to delectable dishes that also save energy. Chef Donovan starred in “The Microwave Master” series on PBS television and The Learning Channel, and has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Regis and Kathie Lee,” Joan Lunden’s “Mother’s Day,” and other nationally televised shows. He is the author of numerous cookbooks, including Jump-Start Cooking, released in 2006. Read more about Energy-efficient Cooking with Chef Donovan Fandre