Sunday, November 22, 2009

Barnes and Noble News of Book releases and opportunities to meet authors

New Book Shares Lessons of a Perfect Dog
John Lichty Chronicles the Life of His Beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie, and Life Lessons Learned
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.Raising Charlie: The Lessons of a Perfect Dog (published by AuthorHouse), the new nonfiction book by John Lichty, is a moving tribute to a beloved golden retriever, Charlie, who taught his owners a valuable lesson about how to truly live life while undergoing a losing battle with cancer.

Part moving story of the bond between a dog and owner and part compassionate guide to overcoming the loss of a companion, Raising Charlie details the events of Charlie’s life through the lessons that he imparted to Lichty. Charlie entered John Lichty’s life when his wife, Nan, gave him a puppy for his 40th birthday. Almost immediately, John and Charlie formed a lasting bond. John could not have anticipated the joy and wisdom that Charlie would bring him in his brief ten-year life.

To John’s dismay, on New Year’s Eve of 2007, he and his wife discovered that there was a tumor growing between the cheek and gum of Charlie’s left upper jaw. At the Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins, Colo., Charlie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most painful and aggressive of the common canine cancers. Deciding against a surgical procedure that would remove most of the left side of Charlie’s face, John and Nan took him back to their home in Grand Junction, Colo., where they began a series of chemotherapy treatments to slow the growth and metastasis of the cancer. Even with the best of care and two de-bulking procedures, the tumor continued to grow to the point that it became necessary to put Charlie to sleep.

Filled with insights about dogs, life and love and accompanied by 20 of black-and-white images, Raising Charlie gives readers a glimpse into the life of a loving, inspirational dog. “The influence of a good dog in a person’s life can never be underestimated,” writes Lichty. “To lose that companionship prematurely is cause for tremendous sadness. If you have ever owned a dog or dreamed of owning one, Raising Charlie will touch you emotionally. Charlie’s spirit lives on in its pages.”

John Lichty is an IT professional and aspiring author. Raising Charlie: The Lessons of a Perfect Dog is his first book. He currently resides in Grand Junction, Colo., with his wife, Nan, and dog, Scout, and regularly writes for his blog, For more information, please visit

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging authors and new voices in literature. For a complimentary copy of this book for review, members of the media can contact the AuthorHouse Promotional Services Department by calling 888-728-8467 or emailing
(When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)

Wendi Silvano
Children’s Author
605 Beth Court, Grand Junction, CO 81504
(970) 523-7237

Author Visit/Book Signing

Local Children’s Author to Read at Storytime

         Award-winning local children’s author, Wendi Silvano will be at storytime at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. to read her newest picture book, Turkey Trouble, and do a book signing.

            “Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it's almost Thanksgiving . . . and you're the main course. But Turkey has an idea--what if he doesn't look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead? After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever! Wendi Silvano's comical story is perfectly matched by Lee Harper's watercolors.”

            Wendi Silvano has been writing for children for 15 years and has published picture books, emergent and early readers, magazine stories, poems and educational materials. Her writing has won the “Children’s Choice Award”, the “EdPress Award for Excellence in Children’s Magazine Fiction”, The International Reading Association’s “Paul A. Witty Short Story Award”, the “Highlights Magazine Humorous Fiction Contest”, the “Children’s Writer Early Reader Contest”, and the “Smartwriter’s Write-it-Now Competition”.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers to Host
Numerous Colorado Author Events for the Holidays

Grand Junction, CO (11/14/07) – Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 2451 Patterson Road will host four local author events to allow holiday shoppers to meet the authors and purchase autographed copies of their books.

On Friday, November 27th and Saturday, December 19th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Jim Steinberg will autograph his stunning Colorado pictorial and atlas, entitled Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road.

On Saturday, December 5th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., we are excited to be featuring a wide variety of books by local authors, including The Verdict Is In by Debra Decrow, In the Footsteps of the Hotchkiss Brothers by Chuck and Mary Farmer, Outdoor Survival Guide by Randy Gerke, A Boy From Notteroy  by Jan Erling Gulliksen, Little Heavenly Poems by Judy Kohl, Raising Charlie by John Lichty, A Meadowlark Calling by Patricia Martin, A Spectator’s Guide to Competition Barbeque by Bob Sammons, Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, Sapphire Blue by DeAnn Smallwood, Three Threads Woven by Lucinda Stein, The Radio Magician and Other Stories by James Van Pelt, Only By Chance in Cripple Creek by Debby Arthur Warner, and Secret of Spring Hollow by Jan Weeks.  As you can see, we have a stellar group of participants and should have quite a lively event.

On Monday, December 10 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., we are proud to host a One Book, One Mesa County Committee Meet and Greet Reception and  Book Signing with Virginia Jensen, author of Cube Bead Stitching; Patti Hill, author of Seeing Things; Beth Paulson, author of Wild Rasberries, and Lucinda Stein, author of Three Threads Woven.  From 7:00 – 9:00 each author will present a unique aspect of her book from beading demonstrations to book talk and poetry reading and a slide show of the book’s setting.

On Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Victoria Kennedy will autograph copies of her new book Paths. 


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