Southern Author Expo Conducted at Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library conducted its inaugural showcase for local area authors at the main library, located on 915 Monroe St in Huntsville.

Of note for the local authors’ association, Coffee Tree Writers Group, was the fact several members were not only in attendance but giving lectures to the public.  Mark Hubbs (The Archer’s Son) spoke on “Knights and Archers in Medieval England.”  Doyle Duke (Extended Vacation) spoke on “Social Changes Necessitated by Segregation.”  Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th) spoke on the role of that famous group of bombers from WWII as reflected in the stories and photos from his book.  Steve Gierhart (Shadow of the Conjurer) spoke on “Getting Published.”  Other members in attendance included Annie Laura Smith (Twilight of Honor and more than 400 publications in periodicals and books) and Dr. Shirley Garrett (Stop the Craziness).

Charles Farley spoke about his new novel, The Hotel Monte Sano (The Ardent Writer Press), a romance/mystery set in Huntsville in 1892, not only on March 21 but at a special presentation to the public on March 12.  He also conducted 3 successful hikes on Monte Sano Mountain to locations noted in the historical fiction novel on the first 3 weekends of March, including one on the day of the Expo.

Special friend of publisher Steve Gierhart, Chervis Isom (former member of the Board of Directors of The Alabama Writers Forum) was on hand to discuss and present on his book, The Newspaper Boy, a story of his personal change during the 1960s in Jim Crow Birmingham due to the friendship of a black family on his paper route.

Several other authors of note also attended, including former Congressional Democratic nominee Charlie Holley (Saving America: From Political Suicide) and John Sims Jeter (…And the Angels Sang), a retired writer and academic from Birmingham and Florida, now living in Huntsville.  John is the brother of author Sena Jeter Naslund (Ahab’s Wife and many other works) who is set to be inducted as part of the inaugural dozen of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame along with other authors such as Helen Keller, Harper Lee, Zora Neal Hurston, and Ricky Bragg.

 

Some of the Authors at Southern Author Expo

Some of the Authors at Southern Author Expo (Photo by Christian Phillips)

Charles Farley Addresses the Events and Locales in his novel, The Hotel Monte Sano

Charles Farley Addresses the Events and Locales in his novel, The Hotel Monte Sano

Dr. Shirley Garrett (Stop the Craziness)

Dr. Shirley Garrett (Stop the Craziness)

Mark Hubbs (The Archer's Son) in authentic medieval archer clothes

Mark Hubbs (The Archer’s Son) in authentic medieval archer clothes

John Sims Jeter (…And the Angels Sang) talks to Ardent Writer Press Publisher Steve Gierhart

John Sims Jeter (…And the Angels Sang) talks to Ardent Writer Press Publisher Steve Gierhart (Photo by Christian Phillips)

Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th) and Annie Laura Smith (Twilight of Honor)

Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th) and Annie Laura Smith (Twilight of Honor)

Doyle Duke (Extended Vacation) poses for a fan

Doyle Duke (Extended Vacation) poses for a fan

Chervis Isom (The Newspaper Boy) talks writing and his book with  the public

Chervis Isom (The Newspaper Boy) talks writing and his book with the public

 

 

 

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.