For as long as anyone has known him, Nick has always been the storyteller of the group. His childhood friends would say that his best stories were told when they were children playing in the backwoods of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Nick got his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, where he double majored in Government and Law and International Affairs. He then went on to get his Master of Science in Education from Saint Joseph’s University. Nick managed to find his passion for teaching and coaching students. This led him to his current career where he teaches U.S. History, World History, Economics and coaches Cross Country and Track and Field. What he cherishes most is spending time with the loving and supportive family that he is blessed with, his warm and nurturing fiancé, a group of potentially certifiably insane friends, and the most adorable doggy son you could picture.
To learn more about Nick and his book Those We Knew in Summer, visit his website at www.nicholasderosa.com
Vicki Seiler was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where art, music, writing, and dance were an integral part of her life. These interests, combined with her love of children, led her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Education degree in Special Education.
"There is no greater joy than seeing the smiles and hearing the giggles while children of all ages listen to my stories." As a teacher of 31 years, Vicki has shared her love of learning and self-expression with students ranging from ages 18 months to 13 years. The loves of her life include her wonderful husband, children, and grandchildren.
Author of Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor
Dr. Lise Deguire is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She is the lone surviving child of gifted, unsettled and iconoclastic parents. After being severely burned in a fire, she spent most of her childhood in the hospital, undergoing countless surgical procedures. She is married to Douglas Behan, her happily-ever-after husband, and has two amazing daughters, Julia and Anna Sismour, and one very cute dog. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
To learn more about the author, visit her website at www.lisedeguire.com
Matt Lydon is a product of Bucks County, having grown up in Bensalem, wandered around the sections of Levittown, and made special trips to New Hope and Peddler's Billage to see various wondrous things not found in his end of lower Bucks. Now living in Bristol with his wife, Liz, Matt writes stories when he's not teaching high school English or mowing the unruly postage-stamp-sized lawn in the back of his house.
Poetry often arises from an unconventional inner landscape. What's seen as wild lives in the heart of the beholder. Love's Wild Journey - Poems from an Untamed Heart is a raw, no frills exploration of love. Wild Fire - Poetic Prisms, the second book, touches on shadow, light and nature. Wild & Free - Poetry of Living, Loving, & Letting Go completes the "Wild" trilogy, coming full circle to the essence of love.
Sherry Sadoff Hanck moved to Bucks County 18 years ago from Manhattan, where she earned her BFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School and MA in Media Studies from the The New School (though her real education came from living in NYC for nearly two decades). City mouse and country mouse, both, Sherry enjoys bucolic Bucks County with her husband, three daughters, two cats and two dogs.
James Carter has been wtiting and teaching the history of China for more than 20 years, focusing on the connections between China and the West through lives of individuals. Since 1999, he has lived in Ewing Township, NJ, enjoying runnning and biking on the D&R Canal. He is currently Chair of History Dept at Saint Joseph's University in Philly, and you can learn more about him and his work at www.jayjamescarter.com.
Amanda Rowe lives in New Jersey with her two beloved children. She is a freelance writer, and academic administrator, an amateur chef, a travel enthusiast, and a book hoarder. Amanda loves anything with peanut butter as an ingredient and is determined to make the world a better place. Visit her at www.amandarowewrites.com.
"Sometimes life is just like paper wings. Fragile, easily torn apart, and often there are too many pieces to pick up."In the tradition of the best Southern fiction - Where the Crawdads Sing - Sherry Parnell's Let the Willows Weep is a heart-wrenching portrait of hardscrabble, humble lives in rural America. A keenly-observed and unflinching look at the life of Birddog Harlin as she grows up in a dysfunctional family, this novel explores the line between destruction and redemption.
Tenaz Purdy and Michael Zisa
Pennsbury educators Tenaz Purdy and Michael Zisa have published 3 great "how to" books for ambitious, young people.
Three families settled in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 1868. Times were sometimes prosperous, sometimes not. They lived with the same issues we do in the twenty-first century; immigration, contagious disease, substance abuse and the emerging role of women in society.
Take a look back and enjoy the characters.
Eighty-year-old Mimi hasn’t lost her marbles, she just can’t tell you where they are. Having gradually lost the ability to speak, Mimi now can only say, “No.” Even when she means ‘yes.’ She’s happy enough to spend her remaining days with her daughter Lily and her teenage grandson Todd. After all, who else could understand her? When a forgotten lunch results in a fire, Mimi’s family is at odds with how to care for her. Will the Shady Acres nursing home be her last stop, or will another solution be found? Click here to learn more about the book!
Alexandra Villasante has always loved telling stories - though not always with words. She has a BFA in painting and a MA in combined media(that's art school speak for making work out of anything). Alex has the privelgio of dreaming in both English and Spanish. When she is not writing, painting, or chasing chickens around the yard, Alex plans conferences and fund-raisers for nonprofits. She lives with her family in Yardley, PA. You can find Alex on Twitter and Instagram @magpies or on her website alexandravillasante.com
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, where they are ruled by their feline overlords and their addiciton to chai lattes. They write about that which they cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. They not-so-secretly believe most stories are fairy tales in disguise. The Girl with the Red Balloon was their young adult debut. You can visit Locke at www.katherinelockebooks.com
A Yardley resident, Becky Libourel Diamond is a food writer and research librarian. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner tells the unique story of a 19th century culinary challenge between Philadelphia restaurateur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School. Both books were published by Westholme Publishing, also based in Yardley. Her current projects include Process: The History of Processed Food (Westholme) and Celebrations: Entertaining the Delmonico Way (Rizzoli) in partnership with fellow epicurean Max Tucci.
With a background as patchwork as his musical influences, Rich spent a few years in college (Pennsylvania State University, Ogontz/Abington Campus 1985-86), toiled in the massive mills of United States Steel Corporation’s, Fairless Works not too far from Trenton or Philadelphia, and when the majority of the plant was shuttered, he went through a series of changes leading him back into music, activism and a never-ending stream of writing.
Rich resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his four fiery but equally kind-hearted daughters, his funny, gregarious son and a wife who has actively supported his writings, his music; even though their musical tastes are worlds apart, and still manages to forgive his teenage stupidities like jumping headfirst and happily into mosh pits at an advanced age.