The following story, which first appeared on Page 4 of the Thursday, July 11 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News has been updated to reflect the correct date of the book signing.
El Progreso Memorial Library will host a book signing event on Wednesday, July 17 at noon featuring local writers such as Marina Garcia, Sonja Klein, Monica Deller, Holli Fry and Michael Earney.
Dallas-based author Judy Lowe will also be in attendance. Genres represented at this event include fiction, non-fiction, motivational works, and children’s books.
Judy Anne Lowe
Judy Anne Lowe is an award-winning children’s book author and native Texan. Her most recent award-winning publication is the Spanish edition of “The Little White Light.” According to a recent press release, Lowe is the winner of the 2016 Book Excellence Award, and received honorable mention at the 2017 New England Book Festival.
She is a retired teacher residing in Dallas.
Uvalde resident Lena “Marina” Garcia has published several children’s books. She was born in San Antonio and raised in Houston, and traveled the northern states before settling in Uvalde.
Garcia’s storytelling was inspired by listening to stories she heard as a child. Her works include “The Big Forest,” “The Spider’s Christmas,” “Another Spider’s Christmas” and “Little Buffalo.”
She is publisher of the Uvalde Eagle News.
Sonja Klein is a graduate of the University of Texas and has been writing about her life and experiences for decades.
Klein has penned several successful books including “Honk if Married Sonja,” “Roundtrip from Texas” and “Ambushed by America.” Her most recent publication “Saplings, Switches and Twigs” has been reviewed as “at once entertaining and thought provoking reading.”
A fifth-generation Texan, Klien lives on Ambush Hill Ranch, which was described in her latest novel as “full of distractions, with sheep, multiple houses and barns, and abundant wildlife.”
Monica Deller lives in the Uvalde area and was raised in Canada. She has traveled extensively throughout her life; her father was a journalist and together they traveled “looking for stories to write for magazines in England.”
Drawing from her personal experiences, Deller’s book ‘Trauma to Triumph: If I Can You Can Too” is a motivational book that helps the reader “heal from emotional wounds and get a life of purpose and confidences” according to a press release. ”
Utopia resident Michael Earney is a filmmaker, author, and artist.
“As a fine art painter, ceramic sculptor, and documentary film maker, Michael Earney developed the skills of observation, construction, and integration, which he now employs as a storyteller,” reads his website.
He has several publications, of various genres, such as the “The A to Z Book of Birds, for Young Bird Lovers,” and “The A to Z Book of Wildflowers.”
Uvalde resident Holli Fry is a graduate of Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and the University of Texas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and teaching certificates for Spanish and French. She taught in public schools for 11 years.
She won first place for her non-fiction work “A Pathway through the Clouds” and honorable mention for her fiction “Amena’s Quest” at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
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