Friday, February 10, 2017

Catching UP!

Books that went to Press this week:

by Judy Johns Heathcoe

While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly.
In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas I, last Tsar of Russia, and his family. But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Haven't heard from anyone yet this week, but please don't forget me, folks. Just because the bookstore closed doesn't mean I won't be writing my column every week, and passing along news of all your doings on this blog. So if you are making personal appearances, doing signings, or even if you are only starting a new project, drop me line and I'll be sure to give everyone a heads-up right here on Fridays. 

Arline sent along a little, emphasis on LITTLE, contribution from Write Words, Inc. toward the prizes for the 
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
a project our Terry L. White has been supporting for awhile now. It IS Black History Month Folks and  if you want to celebrate that, you might want to support it, too. As Roger always says when he takes out the garbage, "Every little bit helps."  Here's all the info, one more time!

Harriet Tubman Essay Contest 
Deadline Has Been Changed !
NEW DEADLINE  March 1, 2017
So remind any students you know to get busy...

Contributions are welcome 
to help with funding prizes for the 
Essay Contest Winners!
If you, your business or community organization can help fund the prizes,
Please Mail your contribution to:
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
National Park Service
4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, Maryland 21622
or contact:
Diane Miller, National Program Manager
Phone: 410-221-2290, x 1111
Terry Nield or Ellen Mousin
As for around here, Roger has been playing the guitar almost every day. Arline got him a new songbook for his birthday and we've been enjoying all those old favorites -- Oh Susannah! Polly Wolly, Doodle, and even My personal favorite, Wayfaring Stranger, a song that touches a chord in every tomcat's heart. 

We are getting ready to celebrate Sid's Birthday tomorrow. Roger got him a cake and he even remembered Sid's lady, Kathy, is allergic to chocolate so it's a vanilla cake. His mom asked him if he wanted cookies (he likes her cookies, too!), but he opted for a cake. If I know Sid, he was probably wanted the cookies, but was trying to take it easy on her old, arthritic, knees. He's sure a thoughtful guy -- generous with the treat bag, too, and he gives great ear rubs. My baby sister just FAWNS all over him, rubbing herself against his boots and giving him those long, loving looks with the sloooow blinks. She's such a little flirt.

Sidney Richard Chase!!!
from your favorite blue kitty and his baby sister Toady -- er, Spunky.

As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

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