Category Archives: Animals

2017 Reading Challenge, Part 4

I’m still plowing ahead with my promise to read at least 4 books per month throughout 2017… and I’m also trying to expand my horizons, so to speak, by reading some books outside my normal, favorite genres. Here’s a run-down on what I read in April.   The Awakening and the Selected Short Stories– Kate Chopin …

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Revamping, Restarting…

With the recent publication of My Life With Cats, I’m “starting over” in many ways. It’s been four years since I’ve had a new book on the market. Previously, I’d been averaging a new book every two years. Because of life changes (a divorce and a job loss) and numerous health problems, I was too …

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Stop the Presses! Here’s My New Book!

I’ve been trying to write a cat book for what feels like Forever.   Actually, I HAVE had a completed “cat book” sitting on the shelf, for more than two years. It’s a children’s book (whose title I’ll keep to myself for now), and its plot revolves around a specific cause which I am passionate …

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Children’s Author Joseph W. Orobona

Author Joseph Orobona, a resident of Clayton, NY, recently visited us at The Reading Room bookstore. Joe is a former school superintendent from Long Island. He waited until retirement to begin publishing children’s books. So far, he has five titles in print: Bear in the Basket and Bear in the Bathtub, both charmingly illustrated by …

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Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat

  Homer, the Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat is a new, nonfiction release by Gwen Cooper. It is a sequel to her 2009 bestseller, Homer’s Odyssey. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Homer and Gwen’s story, here’s a little bit of background: Gwen adopted Homer from a shelter when he was just …

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Eric and Rachel Von Gardey

I recently got to chat with the brother-sister duo Eric and Rachel Von Gardey, when they stopped into the Reading Room bookstore for a signing. Eric wrote and Rachel illustrated a series of kids’ books about a little cat named Sampson. They drove all the way from Hamilton, NY to Watertown, NY (just over 105 …

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Interview with “Avalon” Author Vanessa Morgan

I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Avalon, an ebook/ memoir by author and screenwriter, Vanessa Morgan. The story begins in 2001, in Belgium, when the author happened upon a stray Turkish Van cat, apparently a stray. This would prove to be a life-changing experience, that would shape her personal and professional future. …

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The Third Kingdom: An Animal Anthology

Recently, I got to participate in a project that was right up my alley as a writer and animal lover. I was one of a dozen authors who shared their talents in a book called The Third Kingdom: New Writings From The Animal World. A dozen writers, all from New York State, put pen to paper …

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