Starting out with just a couple of authors about five years ago the Shakespeare Club’s Authors Day on April 21 will feature six authors, including one historical memoir and business autobiography with chocolate recipes.
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The authors are both local and regional. It’s an exciting event fashioned after the popular Book TV that C-span hosts on weekends and holidays. All the authors will be speaking. They also will have tables set up to sell and sign books both before and after the talks. Anyone with questions can get them answered at the authors’ tables.
The oldest author is 91-year-old Auburn resident Clarence “Bud” Anderson, who flew 116 missions in a p-51 Mustang in WWII, shooting down 17 enemy aircraft. Anderson saw it all, commanding jet fighter squadrons in the Korean War, being a test pilot and then leading combat strikes in the Vietnam War. Wow, what a career! He collaborated on the book with writer Joseph P. Hemelin.
Placerville resident Keli Gwyn writes historical novels. Her latest one is set in the town of El Dorado and titled “A Bride Opens a Shop.” It was a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. The award is sponsored by the Romance Writers of America chapter Southern Magic. Though the chapter is based in Birmingham, Ala., it is a national contest and entries cannot be vanity press books nor can their distribution be subsidized by the author.
Gwyn’s novel, as described by staff writer Wendy Schultz, is about the heroine battling fire, disease, desperadoes and society’s views of what women can and cannot do in the 1870s in El Dorado. There were women who made their fortune baking pies during the Gold Rush and Bine Ingham began working for the Mountain Democrat about the time period of this novel. Ingham became publisher in 1889. She worked 42 years for the Mountain Democrat, a record unequaled, though Joanna Wright in the bookkeeping department has been here 37 years and is young enough to surpass Ingham’s record.
The author of the business/autobiography is Shari Fitzpatrick, a resident of the South County and famous for chocolate covered strawberries. Fitzpatrick started a successful business, sold it and then started another one. She is also an accomplished and inspiring speaker.
Roseville resident Sherie Lebedis wrote a memoir about her time as a teenager from Shingle Springs going to the South in the 1960s to register voters. Her book is titled, “You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You.”
Of course we can’t resist the concept of a novel by a former newspaper editor. Sacramento resident Michele Drier’s latest novel is about the new managing editor of a multi-national celebrity magazine that is part of a media empire owned by — oh, stop the presses — vampires! Her novel is titled “SNAP: The World Unfolds.”
Thanks to the ladies of the Shakespeare Club for organizing and growing such a great event. The event starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Shakespeare Club 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The Shakespeare Club, by the way, is the oldest continuing women’s club, established in 1897. The spacious and beautiful clubhouse was moved from Union Street in 1955 to make way for the freeway.