Publisher Steve Gierhart, his wife, Bonny, and Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong, attended the Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) conference at Mountain Brook High School on June 8, 2015.

ASLA and Mountain Brook High were wonderful hosts, and The Ardent Writer Press made several librarian friends at the event. State Superintendent of Schools and President of the Alabama State Board of Education, Dr. Thomas Bice, attended and gave the keynote speech.

Below are some of the photos from the day.

Thank You, ASLA and Mountain Brook High! Wonderful time, including lunch, with all.

Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong, shows her book along with Gierhart and his lovely wife, Bonny

Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong, shows her book along with Gierhart and his lovely wife, Bonny

East Limestone High School Librarians Kathey Mathis and April Betterton stop by The Ardent Writer Press vendor table

East Limestone High School Librarians Kathey Mathis and April Betterton stop by The Ardent Writer Press vendor table

Publisher Steve Gierhart talks with an ASLA Conference attendee

Publisher Steve Gierhart talks with an ASLA Conference attendee

At ASLA Ardent Writer Press (R) was near the coffe and doughnuts. Good place to be!

At ASLA Ardent Writer Press (R) was near the coffe and doughnuts. Good place to be!

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.