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Celebrate Local Authors!

Indie Author Day

November 7 is Indie Author Day, but we are celebrating all week! We are offering a variety of virtual author presentations. Make sure to register for the events you wish to attend. An invite will be sent prior to each program.

Would you like to receive notifications about upcoming library programs for adults? Send an email to LibAdultEvents@fairfaxcounty.gov

Virtual Weekly Author Programs

Portable Black Magic

Going Wide: Crafting a Career Beyond Amazon
Join us virtually and meet Ran Walker, author of Portable Black Magic, as he discusses his books and journey as an Indie author. Monday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. Register. 

Ran Walker is 2019 Indie Author of the Year and was the 2018 adult winner for the Virginia Author Project. 
 


Let's Talk About Romance!
Like to read or write romance? You'll find this virtual presentation attractive. Meet our panel of local romance writers as they discuss their books and journey as writers. Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. Register.

Presenters: 

  • J.T. Bock, author of TimeTrap, The Grandfather Paradox and Dama X
  • Christyna Hunter, author of Wildfire and The Butterfly's Dance
  • Nicole E. Kelleher, author of Wild Lavender and The Queen's Dance
  • Karla Kratovil, author of Thief of My Heart and Captain of My Heart
  • Natalina Reis, author of Of Magic & Scales; Dark Feathers; and Rebel Jewel
  • LaVerne Thompson, author of Chances Are, Wild Child and Angel Rising- Redemption Book 1
     

Let's Talk About Historical Fiction!
Prefer to read or write historical fiction? You'll want to tune in for this virtual presentation. Meet our panel of local historical fiction writers as they discuss their books and journey as writers. Wednesday, November 4, 12:30 p.m. Register

Presenters:

  • E.A. Dustin, author of Save Me Twice
  • Stephen P. Learned, author of The Girl To His Left
  • Paul Martin, author of Killin' Floor BluesVillains, Scoundrels, and Rogues and Secret Heroes
  • Tony Mayo, author of Crimes of Cunning and The Courage to Be in Community 2nd Edition
  • Mike McCarey, author of A Chance to Regain Paradise: What Preceded the Big Bang and An American Atrocity
     

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Let's Talk About History!
Is reading or writing about history your go-to? This virtual presentation will pique your interest. Meet our panel of local history writers as they discuss their books and journey as writers. Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. Register

Presenters:

  • Arthur J. Amchan, author of The Peaceniks: The Thankless Job of trying to Keep America out of War; Why did America Fight?; and Killed in Action: The Life and Times of SP4 Stephen H. Warner, Draftee, Journalist and Anti-war Activist
  • César  Brioso, author of Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League and Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba
  • Jim Johnston, author of Murder, Inc., The CIA under John F. Kennedy; From Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family; and The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough: A Southern Woman's Memories of Richmond VA and Washington DC in the Civil War
  • Mary Buckingham Lipsey, author of Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday's Headliners; Aviation: From Curiosity To Reality, and Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas
  • Edward P. Moser, author of The White House's Unruly Neighborhood: Crime, Scandal and Intrigue in the History of Lafayette Square; The Two-Term Jinx!: Why Most Presidents Stumble in Their Second Terms and How Some Succeed; and A to Z of America
  • Denny Stokes, author of Letters to Don

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Let's Talk About Children's Books!
Always searching for or dreaming up books for kids under the age of 12? Then don't miss this virtual presentation!  Meet our panel of local children's book writers as they discuss their books and journey as writers. Friday, November 6, 12:30 p.m. Register

Presenters:

  • Michelle Gidaspova, author of One Big Family and Full of Love
  • Beverly Harris, author of Zoe-Marie Wait and See, Jamestown Tobacco Boy Dream of Freedom, and The Big Yellow Cat and the Blue Moon
  • Carol Mitchell, author of Chee Chee Makes Music, Sea Turtles and The Masquerade Dance
  • Kristi Guillory Reid, author of Harper Counts Her Blessings
  • Monica Phoebe Stoltzfus, author of The Ripple
  • Danielle Thompson (formerly Thompson-Ochoa), author of Elsa and the Motmot
  • Charlotte Yakovleff, author of The Tail Of Lumpy Luv Melonhead - A Lucky Dog

Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker MealsCook Along with Pat Tanumihardja
Join local cookbook author Pat Tanumihardja in a virtual, live cookalong session. She will make “Thai Basil Chicken Rice” from her just-released Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals and “Quick Cucumber Kimchi” from Asian Pickles at Home and gives you tips on how to make the perfect stir-fry! See below for these recipes! Saturday, November 7, 2 p.m. Register.

Pat Tanumihardja has been a food writer for the past decade and contributed to numerous national and international magazines. She is the author of several cookbooks, including the just-released “Quick Asian Pickles at Home” and Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals.” She lives in West Springfield with her husband and son.  

Pat Tanumihardja's Recipes

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Thai Basil Chicken Rice
This dish is a riff on the very popular Thai basil pork dish Pad Grapow Moo. Use chicken breast if you’d like but I suggest cooking the breast(s) whole and then cutting it up at the end to prevent it from getting too dry. Ground pork or turkey are also tasty. From Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals

Directions:

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins (including pressurizing and depressurizing time) 
Total: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce 
¼ cup sweet Thai chili sauce 
1 teaspoon Sriracha or sambal oelek (or to taste)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 medium cloves)
½ cup sliced shallots 
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ¾- to 1-inch cubes (about 2 to 3 thighs)
1-1/2 cups uncooked jasmine rice, rinsed until the water runs clear and drained
1-1/2 cups chicken stock 
1 cup frozen green peas (or other quick cooking vegetable like spinach or snow peas)
1-1/2 cups Thai basil leaves, torn if they are large
Freshly ground black or white pepper

Directions:

1.    Mix together the soy sauce, fish sauce, Thai chili sauce, and Sriracha in a small bowl. 
2.    Select the SAUTE function and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM. Add the vegetable oil. When HOT, add the garlic and shallot and stir and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3.    Add the chicken and brown until barely any pink is left, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and scrape, scrape, scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any burnt bits. The goal here is to avoid getting a BURN warning from your pot. Stir in the rice and coat evenly with sauce. Pour in the stock and stir to mix. 
4.    Lock on the lid. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL function and adjust to HIGH PRESSURE for 4 MINUTES. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position. The IP will take about 8 to 12 minutes to come to pressure before starting to cook.
5.    When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR) for 5 minutes. Then, release the pressure manually (QR) by pressing the “quick release” button or moving the pressure release knob from “Sealing” to “Venting.” When the valve drops, press CANCEL and unlock and lift off the lid.
6.    Select the SAUTE function and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM. Add the green peas and stir and cook for about 1 minute. Add the Thai basil and stir and cook until the peas turn bright green, the basil wilts, and all the liquid has evaporated. 
7.    Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Divide onto 4 plates or bowls and grind pepper over and serve. 


test Cucumber Kimchi 
Traditional kimchi doesn’t usually use Korean red pepper paste as one of its ingredients but in my quickie cucumber kimchi, it plays a major role. I make this kimchi in small portions because it’s easy and quick and can be made on demand. From a Asian Pickles at Home. 

Makes: 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
8 ounces Persian cucumbers or other small, crisp cucumbers (about 3 or 4), cut into 1/8-inch-thick coins
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves) 
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (3/4-inch piece) 
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon fish sauce 
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Korean red pepper powder  
1 teaspoon Korean red pepper paste
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

1.    Toss the cucumbers with the salt in a colander over the sink. Set aside for 30 minutes. 
2.    Rinse the cucumbers under cold running water and drain in the colander.
3.    Mix together the garlic, ginger, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, red pepper powder, red pepper paste, and green onions in a medium nonreactive bowl. Toss the cucumbers with the mixture until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before serving. Just before serving, drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.   
 

Learn More About Our Authors!

J.T. Bock’s UltraSecurity series unites her love of pop culture and romance. She has assembled her own team of action heroes, supernatural creatures and maniacal villains and set them on adventures to exotic lands and alternate dimensions to find their HEAs. From a secret location in Fairfax, Virginia, J.T. conjures these pulse-pounding tales to share with those kindred readers looking for an exciting escape. Her alternate identity enjoys spending time with her workaholic husband and their sidekick rescue dog, traveling to interesting locales, and enjoying life to the fullest with an amazing group of family and friends and a good glass of wine.

Christyna Hunter has surpassed all perilous predictions, despite being born with a disability. She is a freelance writer, has self-published two romance novels and has worked at a non-profit organization. Currently she works with Loudoun County Public Libraries, reads romance novels in her free time and prays often to her writing muse.

Blessed with parents who gave her uncensored access to their library, Nicole E. Kelleher read her first romance novel at thirteen and was hooked for life. Today, she writes romances for your inner warrior: a good amount of heat, dark and dangerous men, and kick-a** heroines who find their Happily Ever After only after discovering that they are strong enough to not need it.

From the time she read fairytales as a child, Karla Kratovil was hooked on stories that ended in Happily Ever After. She was fourteen when she read her first romance novel and discovered there was a whole genre that celebrated the HEA. Karla writes sexy historical romance with strong spirited heroines and flawed heroes with hearts of gold.

 Natalina Reis is an international bestseller who wrote her first romance at the age of thirteen. Since then she has published thirteen romances that defy the boundaries of her genre. She enjoys writing all kinds of rebels and outcasts into her stories and she always roots for the underdog. Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

LaVerne Thompson is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, sci/fi and contemporary sensual romance. LaVerne also writes new adult and romantic suspense under an alter ego, Ursula Sinclair. Most of LaVerne's stories have some level of action and adventure, as well as a flare for strong versatile heroines.

E. A. Dustin is a computer scientist working in the greater Washington, DC area and the author and co-author of six technical books, which have been translated into numerous languages, in addition to many technical white papers. Save Me Twice is based on the true WWII events and has also been translated into German as "Rette Mich ein Zweites Mal." Her novel Artima's Travels about Artima and her incredible "nose," is scheduled to be released shortly.

For more than thirty years, Stephen P. Learned prosecuted white-collar crime for the U.S. Department of Justice. When he retired, he joined the Park Service as a volunteer. Although he did not serve in Vietnam, he chose to greet and assist visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. From the dozens of memoirs he read of that era and the accounts he heard from visiting Vietnam veterans and their families, he brewed a story in which the clash of campus protests and the perils of war converge in a single romantic relationship between a young man from West Virginia, who interrupts law school to join the Marines, and a young woman, who forms a chapter of the Catholic Peace Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

Paul Martin is a former writer and editor with the National Geographic Society. His writing assignments have taken him around the world. In the course of his travels, he has walked the Great Wall of China, explored the tombs and temples of ancient Egypt, and run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a wooden dory. Paul’s most recent novel is Killin’ Floor Blues, a murder mystery set in the depths of the Great Depression. Paul’s nonfiction includes a trio of biographical collections profiling a hundred fascinating but little-known Americans—Secret Heroes; Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues; and American Trailblazers.

Tony Mayo is an executive coach to owner-operators of mid-sized businesses. Tony earned his MBA from the University of Chicago at age twenty-one, after three years of high school and three years in college. He immediately started a business that he sold in 1982. Tony has worked with MCI, Arthur Andersen, & General Electric, founded boot-strap and venture-backed start-ups, and taught at the college, graduate, and executive levels. Tony is the sole inventor of US Patents 6,678,663 & 7,930,209. He has lived in Reston, Virginia since 1986.

Mike McCarey, a retired trial attorney, is the author of two novels: A Chance to Regain Paradise and An American Atrocity. Chance is a 21st Century sequel to Milton’s Paradise Lost. Chance attempts to answer questions that have troubled Christians for millennia, such as why would a loving God permit so much pain and suffering to exist in this world? Atrocity is based on atrocity cases Mike prosecuted while serving in Vietnam with the First Marine Division. Atrocity addresses the question: where is dividing line between warfare’s inherent brutality and war crimes. While working at the FTC, Mike testified before Congress and appeared on cable television and network news.

César Brioso, a journalist and Cuban baseball historian, is a digital producer and former baseball editor for USA Today Sports. In his thirty years as a sports journalist, he has also written for the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He is the author of Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League. His second book -- Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba -- received a 2020 SABR Baseball Research Award from the Society for American Baseball Research.

Arthur J. Amchan is an attorney by profession. He graduated from Miami University in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1972. He was drafted and spent 11 months with the Army in Saigon from April 1970-March 1971.

Jim Johnston is a lawyer, writer, and lecturer in Washington  DC.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, White House History, Howard Law Journal, Muslim World Journal, Legal Times of Washington, American Lawyer, and Maryland History.  He has been a speaker for the Montgomery County Historical Society and the U.S. Department of State.

Mary B. Lipsey was raised in Fairfax County. She graduated from Mary Washington College with a BA degree in History and Sociology. She taught 7th grade American History for almost thirty years. In retirement, she volunteers in her community and researches and writes about local and women's history.

A former Presidential speechwriter and joke writer for The Tonight Show, Ed Moser is the author of 12 books on history, science, humor, politics, and technology. He has the highest-rated history tour on TripAdvisor for the Mid-Atlantic: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html.

Denny Stokes conducts high school and collegiate concert bands.  A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, he has taught music for more than forty years, all the while reading and learning history.

 

Michelle Gidaspova lives in Virginia with her husband and their three children. One Big Family, Full of Love was inspired by her daughter's frequent requests for more stories about her family history, and her mother's penchant for sharing great memories.

Author, mentor, educator, and founder of B. Harris Books for Kids, Beverly Harris grew up in coastal Virginia. After graduation from college, Beverly lived in Korea and Italy with soldier husband, where worked as a teacher. In the years that followed, Beverly left the classroom to become an award-winning guidance counselor for the US Army and she designed award-winning leadership development training for the Department of Defense agency, where she also mentored and coached mid-level leaders. Beverly has been writing children’s books for five years. She strives to develop entertaining and character driven books that are fun to read, introduce, expand, and reinforce learning and that leave kids with powerful, affirming messages.

Carol Mitchell is the author of eighteen books for children of all ages (three of those are forthcoming from HarperCollins). She holds an MFA in fiction, a certificate in editing from UC Berkeley, and has taught literature and creative writing at George Mason University. Carol’s short stories have appeared in several Caribbean journals. She was short-listed for the Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2016 and has twice been long-listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Carol continues to teach creative writing and to work on her novel. She blogs at carolmitchellbooks.com.

Kristi Guillory Reid has always loved to write, and she’s thrilled to now add the title "author" to her resume with her first book, Harper Counts Her Blessings. Harper Counts Her Blessings shows how the events of an ordinary day turn out not to be so ordinary when you truly reflect upon the blessings in your life. It’s a story that highlights themes of reflection, gratitude, and appreciation that both parents and children will enjoy. Kristi is a proud native of Louisiana. Kristi resides in Virginia with her husband, Efrem, and daughter, Harper. Kristi is a graduate of Loyola University (New Orleans), Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University Law School.

Monica Stoltzfus lives in Lorton, Virginia with her husband and three energetic girls. A Kindergarten teacher with MCPS turned Stay at Home Mom, she loves to bake 12 tiered cakes, craft and DIY,   and take on house renovations. Her most recent creation- the words for her debut picture book about spreading kindness entitled THE RIPPLE.  

Danielle Thompson-Ochoa is a professor at Gallaudet University. She is the first deaf person from the English speaking Caribbean to have earned a Ph.D. and written a children's book featuring a deaf character located in the Caribbean. This is her first book she has ever written and published.

Charlotte Yakovleff is a freelancer in the television industry for the broadcast networks. When not in studio or out in the field she substitute teaches. She is also a certified yoga instructor and sign language interpreter. Her hobbies include playing soccer, sailing, photography and fad diets. She splits her time in Virginia and her hometown in upstate New York. This is her first book.

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