National League of American
Pen Women,
District of Columbia Branch

Serving the Washington, DC Area

change log


1300 Seventeenth St, NW near Dupont Cir.
Meetings are held at 1:00 PM at the Pen Arts Bldg on the 2nd or 4th weekend
of the month to accomodate the NLAPW Board meetings on the third weekend unless noted.

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March 27, 2010, Saturday
Patricia Daly-Lipe, Vice Pres. DC Branch, will be representing the NLAPW-DC at the:

                                                                                  Writers’ Fair
                                                                          Bull Run Regional Library
                                                                             Saturday, March 27
                                                                                    2-4 pm

March 20, 2010; A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, the award-winning biography of her great-great-grandmother. A book signing follows the lecture.
    A former ABC News executive and producer, Bundles currently is at work on a biography of her great-grandmother and namesake, A’Lelia Walker, who was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. On Her Own Ground, the first truly comprehensive biography of one of America’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, philanthropists and political activists,was named a 2001 New York Times Notable Book and received the Association of Black Women Historians 2001 best book on black women’s history.
    During her thirty year career with ABC News and NBC News, Bundles covered hundreds of national and international stories as an Emmy-award winning  producer for ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and NBC’s “Today” and “Nightly News.”
    A popular public speaker, she has appeared at Harvard University, the National Archives, London’s City Hall, the Israeli Presidential Conference and the Library of Congress and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC and PBS. Her articles have been published in the New York Times Book Review, Essence, Parade, Fortune Small Business and O, the Oprah magazine.

March 30, 2010, Tuesday: 7:00PM
PORTRAITS OF DC: A Photo Competition


The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities,

 FotoWeek DC, and DC Counts Campaign&nbs p; are partnering to issue all DC artists, at all skill levels,
a challenge: to capture the diverse beauty reflected in
the faces of Washington residents. Like the census, we seek portraits
representing people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups in each quadrant
of the city.  Fifty-one portraits will be selected and exhibited at Social,
a Columbia Heights Restaurant.

Entry Deadline:  Tuesday | March 30, 2010 | 7PM 

 Click here to view the Call to Artists and to obtain an application
For more information, visit www.dcarts.dc.gov
or contact Zoma Wallace at zoma.wallace@dc.gov
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April 10, 2010; John Gilstrap - Rescheduled from January 16, 2009
    New York Times Bestselling Writer John Gilstrap is at it again. Author of five critically acclaimed thrillers, in June 2009, the world will be introduced to Mr. Gilstrap’s new thriller, No Mercy. This will be the first entry in his new series followed by Grave Retribution in 2010.
    Mr. Gilstrap will honor the National League of American Pen Women, DC Branch with a talk followed by a book signing. This presentation at the Pen Arts Building is open to the public. However, an RSVP is requested. Please email the DC Branch President Trish Wootten, or trish.wootten@gmail.com.
    From the author ...
    "A little bit about my background... I've always been a closet-writer. As a kid, I lived for the opportunity to write short stories. I was the editor of my high school newspaper for a while (the Valor Dictus, Robinson High School, class of 1975), until I quit ("You can't fire me! I quit!") over a lofty First Amendment issue that seemed very important at the time. My goal, in fact, was to become a journalist in the vein of Woodward or Bernstein. Okay, I confess, I wanted to be Woodward; Robert Redford played him in the movie, and chicks really dug Robert Redford.
    "I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1979, and armed with a degree in American history, I couldn't find a job. I ended up settling for a position with a little-noticed trade journal serving the construction industry. They called me the managing editor and they paid me food stamp wages. I hated it. About this time, I joined the Burke Volunteer Fire Department in Fairfax County, Virginia, if only to find relief from the boredom of my job. Running about a thousand calls my first year with the department, I was hooked, and the volunteer fire service became an important part of my life for the next 15 years. In the early eighties, hating my job, I went the way of all frustrated liberal arts undergrads—back to graduate school. Earning a Master of Science degree in safety engineering from the University of Southern California, I started down a whole new road. For the next decade and a half, I became an expert (don't you hate that word?) on explosives safety and hazardous waste. Meanwhile, I kept writing. I didn't tell anyone, of course, because, well, you just don't share artistic dreams with fellow engineers. They look at you funny.
    "My first novel, Nathan's Run, was in fact my fourth novel, and when it sold, it sold big. At a time in my life when things were going well—I was president of my own consulting firm—things were suddenly going very well. Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to Nathan's Run two days after the first book rights were sold, and as of this date, the novel has been translated and published in one form or another in over 20 countries. With Nathan's Run in the can, as it were, I thought I might finally be on to something, but I didn't quit my "day job" until after I sold the book and movie rights to my second novel, At All Costs. I figured that while one-in-a-row might be luck, two-in-a-row was a trend. So, I started writing full-time.
- Adapted from John's website

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Previously scheduled for the third Saturday but moved to the second saturday because of the National Board meetint on the third Saturday.

May 15, 2010 - Peggy Mitchell Norwood, Ph.D.
   Dr. Peggy Mitchell Norwood ("Dr. Peg") is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the Community College of Aurora. She also teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and is an ordained teacher through Global Change Network, USA. A member of the Association of Black Psychologists, the Denver-Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists, and the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado, she has presented numerous workshops to professional and community audiences on a broad range of psychological topics. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to teaching full-time, Dr. Peg worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. She is the author of the book, Do Something Different...For a Change: An Insider’s Guide to What Your Therapist Knows (But May Not Tell You) and the host of the TV talk show, Perspectives. She is also the proud mother of teenaged twins and enjoys cooking, walking, biking, swimming, and competing in triathlons. Dr. Peg is currently writing a follow up to Do Something Different…For a Change and working on another book about the many lessons on life, love, and loss that she learned from her dog, Dallas.
About the life-changing book, Do Something Different...For a Change: An Insider’s Guide to What Your Therapist Knows (But May Not Tell You) by Peggy Mitchell Norwood, Ph.D.:
  If you want something different, you must do something different. Yet, most people really don’t want to change. Why? Because change is hard, change is scary, and change comes at a cost. By combining insights from her years of experience as a therapist with careful observations from the current psychological research on chang, Dr. Peggy Mitchell Norwood clearly communicates fundamental principles related to change and reveals secrets your therapist may not tell you. This book offers effective solutions to help you:
  * understand and overcome the three common barriers to change;
  * heal your emotional pain and emptiness;
  • strengthen your connection to your true self and others;
  • produce lasting change in your life.

June, 2010:    \
July, 2010       - - - - - Summer Recess, No Meetings Scheduled
August, 2010 /

September, 2010: Juanita Patience Moss
   Juanita Patience Moss, formerly of West Pittston and Wilkes-Barre, wrote Anthracite Coal Art by Charles Edgar Patience which discusses the unique work of the NEPA African American sculptor from the 30s to the early 70s when he died.
   His work began in West Pittston, having been trained in the skill of coal carving by his father, Harry B. Patience, a former “breaker boy” at the Exeter Colliery. After injuring his arm in a conveyor, Harry, whose talent was evident by his first beautiful creations (gleaming anthracite hearts and crosses) began a successful business.
   C. Edgar Patience eventually was able to fulfill his dream of becoming a sculptor. In his own words: “No medium lends itself more to the creating of the simplified form of abstract art than does anthracite coal. Its rich velvety blackness when polished to perfection makes each sculptured piece unique and a delight to the eye.”
   Juanita Patience Moss is the author also of Created to Be Free, a historical novel based on the life of her great grandfather, Crowder Patience, an eighteen year-old North Carolina slave who absconded to join the 103rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment when it was garrisoned in Plymouth, N.C. Following his receiving his last pay in Harrisburg, he decided to remain in Pennsylvania, eventually settling in West Pittston in 1877.
    The historical novel was followed by a nonfiction book, Battle of Plymouth, N.C., April 17-20, 1864: The Last Confederate Victory. Since little information can be found concerning that battle, this book is a “must-read” for Civil War buffs.
  After learning that most historians are unaware that identifiably black men like Crowder Patience served in white Union regiments. Black soldiers were all relegated to the USCT, so they presume. Since Juanita Patience Moss knew there had been one black soldier in a white regiment, she wondered if, perhaps, there had been more. Her findings are published in Forgotten Black Soldiers in White Regiments During the Civil War.
   In addition to writing her own books, she edited Bittersweet Memories of Home, two small volumes of her stepmother’s memoirs. Six years before her death in 2001, Alice Patterson Patience, spoke her thoughts into a tape recorder. Wilkes University Press published the books.

  -Adapted from The Washington Post

October 9, 2010; Solveig Eggerz, author
   Seal Woman is set in Iceland, Germany, and Poland, 1928-1959, and is the story of Charlotte, who survives World War II in Germany but remains haunted by the ghosts of those she lost. In response to a newspaper ad placed by the Icelandic Agricultural Association, she flees the rubble of post-war Berlin to work as a laborer on a primitive Icelandic farm.
    Seal Woman is historical fiction in that it is based on the documented journey of 314 Germans, most of them women, who actually migrated from war-torn Germany to Iceland to escape starvation. The ad offered free passage and a 1-year contract to work on a farm in return for room and board and a small wage. About three times as many applicants as the association needed responded to the ad.
   Charlotte hopes to start a new life and forget about her many losses. She'd lost her Jewish husband in the Holocaust and the fate of her young, half-Jewish, daughter is unknown. In Iceland, nobody wants to hear about her past, so she suppresses her memories. She marries the farmer and gives birth to two sons, yet the ghosts of those she's lost haunt her. The questions that drive the plot: Will Charlotte survive her memories? Will she find her daughter? The world of wildflowers and natural beauty surrounding the farm and Charlotte's long-suppressed talent as an artist help her heal and reassemble the fragments of her broken self.
   The American Association of University Women selected Seal Woman as its January 2010 book-of-the-month for book groups. It won first prize for fiction from the Maryland Writers Association. It was a 2009 finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. In November 2008 Historical Novels Review featured Seal Woman as an "editor's choice." The novel is now being translated into Hebrew by Schocken in Tel Aviv for publication in Israel.
   Biographical material: Solveig Eggerz is a native of Iceland. She has worked as a teacher and journalist. Currently she teaches workshops in creative writing. In November her short story, "Midwife," won first prize for fiction in the annual contest of the Virginia Writers' Club. The story is a chapter from her forthcoming World War II novel, Curve of the Earth.

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The League's National Officers will hold its board meeting on the third weekend of this month at the Pen Arts Building, thus requiring branch meetings to move to the second or fourth weekend.
November 20, 2010 Richard A Latoff, Author, Photographer and Publisher.
    Best known for his brilliantly colored and stunningly energetic images of Washington DC, Richard Latoff is probably the most well known photographer in the region. Over the last 35 years, 10’s of thousands of his prints have been purchased by visitors, organization and residents of our nation’s capitol. These include original prints and a series of posters designed and published for the Smithsonian Institution and The National Parks Service.
    Richard Latoff is a native Washingtonian. Born on Capitol Hill in 1949. He remembers the first camera of his life; The family Brownie Hawkeye, which “I was not allowed to touch under any circumstances”. The second was one of the first Polaroid model 95’s, purchased by his uncle; “the two things I remember the most, the pictures developed in one minute and they smelt funny, like medicine”.
    Turning serious about photography in 1975 Rick invested in a Minolta XG7 and sold numerous prints from the first roll he shot with it. “ I beat the living hell out of that XG7 and today its one great paperweight”
    The CANON EOS 650 came along in 1987 and went with him on a European tour and the result was his first professional work, including an award winning team photograph of the 1988 Austrian National Ice Hockey Champions, and in the USA, a contract to document the construction of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.
    In 1989 he went completely NIKON and such firms as Abramson, Conway and Bell Atlantic began hiring Rick to shoot corporate projects. At this time Rick founded the company that developed and manufactured a portable 35mm film based Time-Lapse Camera System that Walt Disney, The GSA, The World Bank and The Gilbane Company, to mention a few, use to
Washing by Storm
document major construction projects around the world. “ It replaces a $150,000 system with a $15,000 system that did a better job”
    Initially using the Nikon F4 and later F5, Rick has produced several defining images of Washington, DC. He has never stopped learning about the Art of Photography. In recent years, he has continued to experiment with new techniques, equipment and materials. In addition to the finest camera equipment there has been a constant effort to purchase and maintain the finest quality, state of the art Epson Printers. These serve both internal and client needs.
    Digital and Digital/Analog processes along with computer tools such as Photoshop “ are simply new colors on the palette. I approach photography more as a painter or as all painters, allowing the images or situation to dictate the technique, not attempting to force my will upon it. With this approach, I always present several styles in one show.”
    With experience and recognized knowledge Rick has, in the last few years been asked to lecture and judge at several photographic clubs, universities and societies, including The IMF and World bank, Georgetown, George Washington and American Universities.
    Add to this, credits ranging from national publications such as ENR, Civil Engineering and AW&ST to regional and local news and magazines. The total number of covers is in excess of 200.
    Best known for his brilliantly colored and stunningly energetic images of Washington DC, Richard Latoff is probably the most well known photographer in the region. Over the last 35 years, 10’s of thousands of his prints have been purchased by visitors, organization and residents of our nation’s capitol. These include original prints and a series of posters designed and published for the Smithsonian Institution and The National Parks Service.
    Richard Latoff is a native Washingtonian. Born on Capitol Hill in 1949. He remembers the first camera of his life; The family Brownie Hawkeye, which “I was not allowed to touch under any circumstances”. The second was one of the first Polaroid model 95’s, purchased by his uncle; “the two things I remember the most, the pictures developed in one minute and they smelt funny, like medicine”.
    Turning serious about photography in 1975 Rick invested in a Minolta XG7 and sold numerous prints from the first roll he shot with it. “ I beat the living hell out of that XG7 and today its one great paperweight”
    The CANON EOS 650 came along in 1987 and went with him on a European tour and the result was his first professional work, including an award winning team photograph of the 1988 Austrian National Ice Hockey Champions, and in the USA, a contract to document the construction of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.
    In 1989 he went completely NIKON and such firms as Abramson, Conway and Bell Atlantic began hiring Rick to shoot corporate projects. At this time Rick founded the company that developed and manufactured a portable 35mm film based Time-Lapse Camera System that Walt Disney, The GSA, The World Bank and The Gilbane Company, to mention a few, use to document major construction projects around the world. “ It replaces a $150,000 system with a $15,000 system that did a better job”.
    Initially using the Nikon F4 and later F5, Rick has produced several defining images of Washington, DC. He has never stopped learning about the Art of Photography. In recent years, he has continued to experiment with new techniques, equipment and materials. In addition to the finest camera equipment there has been a constant effort to purchase and maintain the finest quality, state of the art Epson Printers. These serve both internal and client needs.
    Digital and Digital/Analog processes along with computer tools such as Photoshop “ are simply new colors on the palette. I approach photography more as a painter or as all painters, allowing the images or situation to dictate the technique, not attempting to force my will upon it. With this approach, I always present several styles in one show.”
    With experience and recognized knowledge Rick has, in the last few years been asked to lecture and judge at several photographic clubs, universities and societies, including The IMF and World bank, Georgetown, George Washington and American Universities.
    Add to this, credits ranging from national publications such as ENR, Civil Engineering and AW&ST to regional and local news and magazines. The total number of covers is in excess of 200.

January 10, 2011 Austin S. Comacho and Trish Wootten
    Today, even the best author will find it hard to find success without making good use of the internet. Thats why the National League of American Pen Women is presenting the seminar, "Internet Basics for Authors." Whether a writers mainstay is short stories, magazine articles, or novels, his or her personal brand is vital to career success. Presenters Trish Wootten and Austin S. Camacho will show authors how to strengthen their brand through social networking and the use of Web 2.0 to establish a strong internet presence.
    Trish Wootten presides over the National League of American Pen Women District of Columbia Branch, the oldest womens artist group in the country and its founding branch. She is a health writer for various websites and publications, the Health Columnist for DCSpotlight.com, the DC Nutrition Examiner for Examiner.com, and a contributing writer for NaturalNews.com. The use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media are a mainstay of her promotional efforts to engage audiences and maintain awareness of current trends. Her first book on spiritual awareness is anticipated in the coming months.
    Austin S. Camacho is the author of five detective novels in the Hannibal Jones series and two action thrillers. Austin has sold thousands of his novels as a Print-On-Demand author, a self published author, and as a writer published by a small press. Daily activity on Facebook and Twitter are essential parts of his promotional efforts. He shares everything he has learned in a decade of self-promotion in his book, Successfully Marketing Fiction in the 21st Century.
    How do social networks help your writing business and how can writers leverage these networks? Which of the many social networks are most useful for authors? Should you be tweeting on Twitter?  Is blogging regularly good for your writing as well as your popularity? What makes a great web site, and how can it help you establish yourself as a great writer or subject matter expert? Learn the answers to these questions and more from people with hands on experience in the cyber world, in the interactive seminar, "Internet Basics for Writers."

PAST EVENTS (Reverse order)

February 1, 2010;
District of Columbia Public Library
The visual arts will be well-represented as the opening activity of Black History Month at the District of Columbia Public Library. Join the celebration on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall for the opening exhibition and reception:

Re-Enslavement Revisited: An Exhibition of the Art of Terry Dixon and Robert Morris.

The inclusive dates for the exhibition are February 1 -28, 2010.
Dixon and Morris' re-enslavement artwork was inspired by Douglas Blackmon’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book, Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans from the Civil War to World War II.  "The exhibit is designed to highlight the role of major corporations and local government in denying southern blacks their civil rights through the power of judicial and local governments. "
Selected other activities include: 
Annual Black Film Festival                                      February 5 - 24
Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music             February 16
Washington Week's Gwen Ifill                                February 22
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Douglas Blackmon February 23
For a full schedule of activities, visit the DC Public Library: www.dclibrary. org    or call: 202/ 727-1222

February 20, 2010
   In its earlier history, parts of Alexandria, VA, were once a part of the District of Columbia.  Today, the histories of the two towns are interwoven and compliment one another.  The National League of American Pen Women District of Columbia Branch will celebrate Black History Month by taking a trip to Alexandria's Black History Museum.  They have a lovely exhibit that examines an ancient art of basket-making from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, and many parts of Africa.  The Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; 703-746-4356.  Please see the attached map for reference.  

From the Black History Museum's press release:

    “Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art” Exhibition

Explore the history of coiled basketry in Africa and America with this traveling exhibition from the Museum for African Art. “Grass Roots” traces the evolution of an ancient art while examining rice-growing societies which, through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, exported their cultures to America. The exhibition features baskets from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia as well as from diverse regions of Africa, and artifacts, such as basket-making tools. Suggested admission is $2. Free opening reception on Thursday, February 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

March 3, 2010;
The Chevy Chase Branch of the NLAPW is planning a lecture March 13, 2010, at the Cosmos Club featuring one of its members, Frank Wright, to speak on his oil painting.  He has shown works at the Corcoran Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, among others.  High tea shall follow and the cost is $30.00.  Please contact Branch President Linda Nash for details: lindanash@netscape.net

Dec 19, 2009 -The December 19, 2009,  meeting has been canceled due to the snow forecast in the Washington, DC area through Saturday night.  We regret not being able to join once more before the holidays, but safety is paramount.    Please be aware that we have asked our speaker, Juanita Patience-Moss, to come and speak to us for our October 2010 meeting.  Her history is fascinating and one you will truly enjoy.
Happy Holidays to everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2010.
Trish Wootten

Nov 21, 2009 - Clare Crawford-Mason
   Clare Crawford-Mason collaborated with Dr. W. Edwards Deming to produce the authoritative rendering of his management philosophy in videocassette format. She is co-author of two best-selling books about the developing global market and the life and ideas of Dr. Deming: Quality Or Else: The Revolution in World Business, Times Books, 1994; Thinking About Quality: Joy, Meaning, and Profit in the Workplace, Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Both are stilland in print. Most recently she co-authored The Nun and the Bureaucrat…How They Found an Unlikely Cure for America’s Sick Hospitals. It is a companion to Good News: How Hospitals Heal Themselves, 2006 for PBS.
   A former NBC senior producer, Ms. Crawford-Mason is most noted as the producer of If Japan Can Why Can’t We? the NBC white paper, which introduced Dr. Deming and his ideas to the West, set off the quality revolution and brought about the market for management training videocassettes. She produced Quality…Or Else! a PBS documentary series on problems of globalization and American ingenuity in the workplace, school, and government. (The series is used in junior college and college classes to explain the new workplace and world economic order.) She was a founding editor and for nine years Washington Bureau Chief of People Magazine. She produced the first television documentaries and national magazine reports on spouse abuse, child sexual abuse, and abortion as a political issue.

Oct 24, 2009, - Marc Anthony Viola, author
    Marc Anthony Viola is a specialist in applying new technologies and innovative new approaches to collecting and analyzing information for twenty years. He left the US military and entered business, where he discovered he could use the skills he developed in the intelligence profession. He discusses how to collect data and formulate usable and actionable information for a job search; how to use surveillance and reconnaissance, preparation, organization, and serendipity to advantage; how to walk into an interview already knowing the requirements and having a strategy worked out.<br>
    The book, A Spy’s Résumé, helps veterans and their families understand what they may be feeling as they transition from military / government service into civilian society. Colleagues have told Viola that the book aided their emotional healing after separation, and that the book was also useful to their spouses (and families) by helping them better understand what many veterans experience during this process. One reader described it this way:
            “As I read your book, I couldn’t help but think how … military professionals have a difficult time expressing many
            of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions surrounding their careers. Your book gives their (spouses) insights into what service
            members might be incapable of verbally communicating themselves.”
    Viola’s own challenges leaving the Air Force intelligence profession prompted him to develop a transition “survival guide” unlike any that had existed before. Part of the book assists professionals transitioning from the government and military into the civilian world by using techniques from the U.S. Intelligence Community. The rest of the book, however, a full half of its content, is devoted to sharing personal experiences about loss, trauma, recovery, and inspiration so that veterans may realize that they are not alone.

YOUNG AT HEART: 23rd Juried Artists Exhibition August 3 - October 30, 2009
Benefitting the The Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

September 19, 2009, 10am - 4pm at the Charles Sumner Museum (1201 17th St., NW, Washington, DC
  The Washington D.C. Branch is sponsoring its Third Annual September Sale. Admission is free. Participate in an event that features a wide array of art, from books to paintings to other elaborate designs. All writers, artists, and musicians are invited. This is an opportunity for the art community to showcase its creativity to the public. For those interested in participating, contact Trish Wootten at president@nlapw-dc.org or trish.wootten@gmail.com. A percentage of all sales will go to the Pen Arts Building Fund to help restore the historical headquarters of the League as well as the D.C. Branch itself. (NLAPW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt-designated organization.) 

September 15, 2009 @ 6:30PM
DC Public Library Presents Author Marita Golden present the lecture, A Black Woman Writer in Israel, My Own Piece of the Middle East, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

     This lecture will focus on Mrs. Golden’s travels and experiences as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Creative Writing and her visit to Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, in Israe. While in Israel, Mrs. Golden discussed her works and the works of iconic Black writers Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin.
     Mrs. Golden found the journey most transformative in the myriad human connections that crossed barriers and borders and divisions of ideology and religion. Mrs. Golden found that writing and literature provided an oasis for human interaction and connection where any and all things are possible.
     Please join us as Marita Golden discusses her trip and the complex society she found, that defies most of what we think we know from media images and reports.
     The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is conveniently located near Metro and limited parking is available underneath the building.
Cassandra Harper, Librarian
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Social Sciences Division
901 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

May 16, 2009 - Christopher Doss
  Focusing on natural and recycled materials, artist and entrepreneur Christopher Doss plies his trade under the business name 'Sticks 'n Stones 'n Stuff. His love for nature began when he was growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural Virginia. From his earliest years, he collected rocks, and this fascination for the endless variety found in nature would lead to his current endeavors: crafting jewelry, holiday decorations, and home décor. Work, studies, and other travel have taken him to over two dozen countries and three continents, and he has some degree of fluency in six languages. He has studied Zulu art in South Africa, ancient Norse art in Norway, and indigenous American art in the southwestern United States. His own art forms also reflect his fascination with geology. In addition to his artistic endeavors, he is a history nut and leads tours in Old Town Alexandria and other sites in Virginia. He currently lives in Richmond and Alexandria, and his work is sold in six galleries and gift shops around Virginia.


April 18, 2009Anne Sellin lead a walking tour from the Pen Arts building to Sheridan Circle featuring prominent Pen Women who lived on or very near Massachusetts Ave. She will also discuss other famous women who lived in this part of Washington.
    The walking tour would include the Boardman mansion (now the Iraq Embassy) on P St..  She was a Pen Woman and the second head of the American Red Cross.  Also I would include Cissy Patterson's house (The Washington Club).  Though she wasn't a Pen Woman, she was the owner of a Washington newspaper and a very liberated and colorful woman.  Then the Levi Leiter mansion on Dupont Circle.  Mary Leiter, the daughter of the house, married Lord Curzon who became the regent of India during the Raj with Mary at his side.  Then beyond Dupont Circle, Alice Roosevelt's house, daughter of Teddy, a hell raiser and writer, but not a Pen Woman.  Then Pat's girlhood home.  Then Evelyn Walsh McLean's mansion (Indonesian Embassy).  She was a Pen Woman and inheritor of the Camp Byrd gold mine fortune and a great hostess in Washington.  Her autobiography is in our library.  Then Matilda Townsend's mansion (the Cosmos Club).  Not a Pen Woman, but a society woman, she was a great friends of the Duke of Windsor  and later married  Sumner Wells of Roosevelt's cabinet.  Then Isabel Anderson's mansion  (Society of the Cincinatti), a Pen Woman and fine poet and yatchman and friend of presidents she was a great supporter of our branch.  The tour will end with Alice Pike Barney's house on Sheridan Circle.  She was a Pen Woman, a painter, who promoted art in Washington.  She founded the Sylvan Theater and wrote a ballet for Pavlova.

March 15, 2009 (Sunday); 2:30 - 4:00PM
   DC Branch member Nancy Shneiderman invites all members to the Third Annual Women's Choral Festival Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Celebrate the sound of women’s voices raised in song as WWC is joined by other women’s ensembles, including the George Mason University Women’s Chorus, to present Elliot Carter’s rich and lively The Harmony of Morning. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington, DC
   Written by Nancy, this is World Premier "Like a Tree", a women's choral arrangement for four parts and piano. "Like a Tree" won a gospel and folk award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Writers Contest. It is the lead song on the original vocal album, "LIKE A TREE: Songs & Life-Cycle Celebrations for ALL People", music, lyrics, performance and production by Nancy Helman Shneiderman which won a total of 8 Awards in the same contest. The CD is available by emailing request to: nshneid@aol.com.

March 8, 2009 (Sunday); 2:30 - 4:00PM
               A joint program with the Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St, NW
Frank Joseph the author of To Love Mercy, a period novel set in 1950s Chicago, about two young boys growing up in racially tense neighborhoods.

February 21, 2009 Dual Program BeBe Willoughby and Marni Lawson
BeBe Willoughby Publisher and Writer

   Bebe Willoughby started her publishing and writing careers in New York City. "I took many writing courses in the city as I worked as a gopher and assistant. On Friday afternoon when everyone went off to the beach a friend and I wrote The Dream Book. I published a story in Seventeen, and those were the beginnings. When I moved to Old Town, I was intrigued by the history, and when I started working for the Apothecary Museum, the idea for SAVING EMMA came to me. I wrote it a number of times. At first it was too descriptive. Kids hate description so finally I started it with dialogue. I found the illustrator on the Internet and we worked together at a distance."
   Publishing is a fascinating business. An editor lives on a precipice. She must publish books that make money so she needs to care for her authors and yet she needs to find new ones. When an editor signs up an author on the basis of a proposal, it isn't easy to know how the book will really turn out. It's an anxiety both the author and the editor share. When a book doesn't come in as expected, I've found that four is the maximum number of revisions you can do with an author. Four is a lot and usually the author is angry after two. A book gets canceled and money is lost. A good letter (query or not) always catches my attention. I love words and I love reading something that is put together well.

Marni Lawson, Creative Thinking through Watercolors
   I believe that everyone is creative,.EVERYONE. I believe that any time we think, act, problem solve creatively, we are connecting with the creative energy of the universe. I don't believe creativity stopped on day six... For me, this creative energy was especially useful after being diagnosed with cancer in 1999. When I didn't feel like cleaning my dust but painted it instead, "Dust Mites" got me signature status into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. My Tamoxifen induced "Hot Flash" series numbers 31 works. When I blew out my MCL/ACL ligaments skiing, that inspired "First and Last Run of the Season", "Falling for the View", and "Slide Show".
    I work backwards. I enjoy the process  of putting paint on paper, and then I decide what to make it into. Sometimes I have a plan but my paper has a different plan. I've learned to be flexible. Sometimes I create works of social commentary or spiritual significance including "G.O.D. Is Everywhere", "Toward Extinction”, and "Ozone Warning". Other times works are pure figments of my imagination. For me, doing watercolors is like raising children; the more you try to control them, the less success you have. But if you go with the flow, you get interesting results- never what you had in mind....
   To this end, I teach my creative thinking approach to watercolors in Maine and Virginia. I am available to do workshops for groups and was recently one of two presenters at a creativity and healing workshop at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Manchester, N.H. Said one student, "The workshop made me see life with a different perspective. I also like that I can explore painting without being able to draw."

January 17, 2009; 7:00 p.m.~ NLAPW to Host "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: An Inaugural Celebration"
   On January 17th, 2009, at 7 p.m., the NLAPW will host its third-in-a-series of pre-Lincoln Bicentennial celebration events, "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: An Inaugural Celebration," at the Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. The NLAPW will spotlight the launch of its book, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage. Click here for more details about the Lincoln Legacy book launch.

Dec 7, 2008 2:30 PM: Historical Society of Washington, DC, The Carnegie Library.
    Patricia Daly-Lipe presents historical fiction, from Washington, DC to Paris, 1927-1939. Her novel, Forbidden Loves, Paris Between the Wars, wraps facts and fiction to bring historical moments and people to life for the reader.
    The idea behind the book is a story I have always wanted to tell. Basically, it is a true story: the protagonist is my mother. Since she died in Wash., DC when I was eighteen, I have had to fictionalize her persona. However, the characters she knew, including James Joyce are well researched and accurate. This was the "golden age of aviation."  Charles Lindbergh arrives in the second chapter with the Spirit of St. Louis. Later, my mother's (the protagonist's) husband is the first American to receive a pilot's license in Paris. Freud, Jung, and even Joseph Campbell (who arrived in Paris in 1927 as a student and whose tapes have helped me immensely in understanding Joyce) influence the thoughts and actions of the characters, real and not real, in this novel. Thus, technology and science played their part in the intellectual frenzy that was Paris in the late twenties

December 14, 2008, 2:30 PM; At The Historical Society of Washington, DC,(Carnegie Library) 800 K Street, NW, Washington
Lilliput Rose Orchestra

Free - Guests Welcome

Combined meeting with the Chevy Chase Branch for a Christmas Concert to be held at the Carnegie Library (Historical Society of Washington, 800 K St NW) featuring the Lilliput Rose Garden Orchestra.
   The Lilliput Rose Garden Orchestra is a small group of string instrumentalists and vocalists who create a whimsical and eclectic style, combining folk, inspirational and classical songs and interludes. This Christmas concert for 2008 at the Historical Society of Washington will include early American and International as well as more recent Christmas melodies to the commentary of the passage of Washington D.C. thru many Christmases of years past to the present day.
   Linda Nash, a singer, song writer, guitarist and harpist has sung in Cornwall, England, in Israel, India and Guatemala and El Salvador her own inspirational songs. She has performed in many concerts and performed Handel’s Messiah as alto soloist. She has compiled a CD called “Consider the Lilies”.
   William Feasley is a world class guitarist who has produced six CDs and has traveled to Europe, Greece, Bosnia, South America and New Zealand. He is a professor of music at Shepard University and Catholic University. He won the 2000 Baltimore Chamber Music Award.
   Gerri Cathcart, an evangelist and rich alto singer, has performed at Christian conferences worldwide.
   Karen Ashbrook is a well known dulcimer player and composer, has produced many CDs such as Celtic Lace, Hills of Erin and Spring Will Come. She recently performed at the World Dulcimer Congress in Germany.
   Tom Morton is an accomplished mandolin and banjo player who performs with the Washington Mandolin Quintet, and he is a tax lawyer.
Lilliput Orchestra

December 20, 2008;
Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 232-7363
    Christmas Party at the Woman's National Democratic Club will feature the piano performance of our own Ruth Rose following dinner. Ruth is being sponsored by our DC Branch. The cost is $45/person and includes an open bar, dinner, dessert and her performance. DC Branch members and guests are invited. RSVP to the number above.

November 15, 2008 (Saturday) General Meeting
   General meeting to congratulate the new Presidend and to organize ideas and activities for the Branch. Also Anne Sellin will give an informative talk on the Dupont Circle Historical District including our own Pen Arts Building.

October 19, 2008 (Sunday); Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
   Come Hear Paul Hardy, organist of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW) on October 19 (Sunday) at 4 PM following a 3:00PM tour of the Cathedral by Dick Schmidt, Historian on the same date.

September 20th 2008 Nancy J. McCeney, DTM
   The presentation for the Penn Women’s group on September 20th 2008 will focus on the subject of Leadership, “Learning to Lead, Gently.” The discussion will be interactive and informative. The presentation will be 15 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A session. You will receive a three-page list of books and seminars on the subject of Leadership.
    Ms. McCeney retired from the Federal Government in September 2006, with 44 years of service. For 25 years she was a trainer for the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency specializing in courses for attorneys and environmental issues for managers. She has been active in the Toastmaster International speaking group for over 20 years, and most recently served as the District 36 Governor from 2005-2006 supervising over 175 clubs in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. She currently belongs to five clubs in the downtown area and in the Laurel and Greenbelt, Maryland.
   Ms. McCeney earned her Bachelors Degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and her Masters Degree in Business and Management from Johns Hopkins University, where she took an Advanced Leadership Course. Ms. McCeney is interested in the subject of leadership and in April 2007, presented a leadership course to 12 managers for the Environmental Protection Agency. She owns about 30+ books on the subject of leadership and enjoys sharing her knowledge on this subject.
   Ms. McCeney lives in College Park, Maryland with her husband Paul and has two grown sons, Edwin and Robert.
   For Ms. McCeney's book list on leadership CLICK HERE.

May 24, 2008 - 1:30 PM    Francine Silverman
   Francine Silverman is a lifelong New Yorker who honed her writing skills as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. She authored two travel guidebooks, Catskills Alive (2000 and 2003) and Long Island Alive (2003), both published by Hunter Publishing.
   In 2003, Fran started Book Promotion Newsletter for authors of all genres. (http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com) . The ezine spawned Book Marketing from A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005), containing the best marketing strategies of 325 subscribers. The 400-page paperback is in alphabetical order for ease of use. The book received nearly 40 rave reviews from on-line reviewers.
   In 2006, Fran started a publicity service and has gotten subscribers placed in the Boston Herald, Oklahoman and Chicago Tribune as well as on myriad Internet and terrestrial radio programs.
   The latter two ventures inspired Fran to compile another book, called Talk Radio for Authors - available on Amazon. The book contains valuable information on talk radio shows across the U.S. and Canada that invite authors as guests. It saves authors the time and trouble in locating appropriate programs to contact. Fran is now compiling yet another book - Radio Wants You! An Intimate Portrait of 1000 Radio Shows that Welcome Guests - designed for a general audience. She is also preparing to begin a radio program in mid-March called The Radio Host Show on Blog Talk Radio, on which she will interview radio hosts about their shows and have them offer a gift or service to listeners.
   Francine's website is http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com

April 24-27, 2008 - NLAPW National Convention Alexandria, VA

March 15, 2008 - Cynthia Polansky
     The DC Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (www.NLAPW-DC.org) welcomes acclaimed author Cynthia Polansky on March 15th at the Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St., NW., at 1 PM.  Polansky will present "Why a Holocaust Novel? the FAR ABOVE RUBIES Journey," a behind-the-scenes look at the compelling true story that inspired the novel, and the challenges today's authors face. 
    Polansky is also the author of paranormal women's novel REMOTE CONTROL, and four nonfiction books under the name Cynthia P. Gallagher.  Visit her website at www.cynthiapolansky.com. Admission is free, but seating is limited. An RSVP is requested but not required: patricia@lipe.name or 703-753-8529.

For the program please click here.

April 12, 2008 - Austin S. Camacho
     Crime novels account for about 25 percent of the fiction sold around the world, but what is it about stories of murder and mayhem that fascinates us so much?  Why do we love mysteries?  Is it the storytelling, the characters or something more?  Mystery author Austin S. Camacho will give you 10 good reasons and a little history of the genre, while sharing some of his favorite authors and offering a little insight into the sources and inspirations for his own work.
     Austin S. Camacho is the author of four detective novels in the Hannibal Jones series - Blood and Bone, Collateral Damage, The Troubleshooter, and Damaged Goods, plus two action thrillers, The Payback Assignment and The Orion Assignment.  Active in several writers’ organizations, Camacho is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, current president of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, and teaches writing at Anne Arundel Community College.  After a career as a military news reporter on the American Forces Network, Camacho is now a public affairs specialist for the Defense Department.  Camacho lives in Springfield, Virginia with his lovely wife Denise and Princess the Wonder Cat.

Feb 23, 2008 - Veronica Li

  Washington, DC—On a scale larger than ever before, baby boomers are taking care of their aging parents. Reverse parenting can be much more challenging than parenting, but here’s a way to turn it into a rewarding experience: record your parents’ stories. Aside from making your parents feel honored, you will find yourself in a strange and wonderful territory where your life begins long before you were born.
  This was what Veronica Li did when her elderly parents moved into her home in Northern Virginia. Her mother, Flora, is the matriarch who brought the family from Hong Kong to California in the 1960s. Li taped her mother’s stories and wove them into a memoir, Journey Across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman’s Search for Home. The tale is about Flora’s odyssey through fifty years of personal and political turbulence in Asia. Readers will come away with a new image of the Chinese woman, recently liberated from her bound feet and striding out on her own.
     Flora grew up in Hong Kong in the 1920’s. She was a poor, fatherless orphan, but with spunk and diligence she became one of the first women to enter the prestigious Hong Kong University. After the Japanese invaded Hong Kong she fled to unoccupied China, where she met her husband, the son of China’s finance minister. She thought she had found the ideal husband, but no sooner was the wedding over than she discovered that he suffered from anxieties caused by family conflicts and the wars he had grown up in. Whenever he had a breakdown, Flora would move the family to another city, from Shanghai to Nanjing to Hong Kong to Bangkok and finally across the “four seas” to the U.S. Because of her courage and determination, her descendants are living out the American dream.

December 8, 2007 - Maureen Mitchell with Ben Kaplan (Piano)
    Ben Kaplan, pianist will join Maureen Mitchell, who celebrated her sixth year as a first Soprano singing with the Congressional Chorus,(an ensemble of singers formed 20 years ago on Capitol Hill) for a Christmas song-fest.
      Maureen Mitchell is celebrated her sixth year as a first Soprano singing with the Congressional Chorus, an ensemble of singers formed 20 years ago on Capitol Hill. Her career has spanned from instrumental training and performances on Long Island, New York, where she was raised, to several performances with Hexagon, Inc., a Washington, DC non-profit group performing original, political, musical satires to raise money for charity.
     As a child, Maureen sang with the chorus and studied and played violin, piano and the bassoon, entering piano competitions and playing with the high school band, orchestra and chamber and pit orchestra ensembles for shows such as "Hello, Dolly!" and "Li'l Abner." She has performed in the musical "Kismet," and one of Neil Simon's plays and studied Jazz dance in Westbury, New York. Maureen was selected as one of a few children to perform in the children's choruses of Puccini's "La Bohème" and "Madama Butterfly," in New York City. She also was a child solo performer at her church on Long Island. Maureen was a High School recipient of "Who's Who in Music" upon graduating from High School.
     Maureen is a graduate of Boston College who has a BA in Communications and Theatre. She worked at an all-news Boston radio station as an intern writer and at a small local Massachusetts weekly as an intern reporter. She was the producer of 2-one act plays for "Black Family Weekend," at Boston College, in which she also performed and was one of the college's AM radio disc jockeys. Maureen enjoyed singing with the Boston College choir "Voices of Imani."
     In later years, Maureen participated in several actors' workshops at the renown HB Studios in Manhattan. She was also the Assistant Director of "Romantic Comedy" and performed as the Reporter in "All About Eve," for community theatre on Long Island, NY. She has studied the work of a studio technician and field producer locally at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland and has undertaken work at the USDA Graduate Studies program that included the course "From Page to Stage," at the Kennedy Center. She has sung with Jubalate, an informal singing group of the Foundry United Methodist Church, during efforts to combine the church choirs for a performance at The White House during the Clinton administration, and has performed during Christmas at The White House.
     Maureen has been an extra during taping of a segment of NBC's West Wing "Inaugural" episode filmed at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, DC. She has done some radio voice-overs and is presently a volunteer at the Bowie Community Theatre. She is looking forward to her singing performances in June with the Congressional Chorus at the Atlas Theatre and at the Kennedy Center Washington, DC. Maureen is appreciative of the support of the Pen Women for assisting her for the Congressional Chorus' 20th season.

   Ben Kaplan, graduated from Princeton University last May, has studied the piano since age 6. While at Princeton, Ben majored in Economics, but also enjoyed psychology and music. In recent summers, he has been a piano teacher at Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp, in Bennington, Vermont. Ben's favorite performances have included the Schumann Piano Concerto with his high school orchestra in 2002 and Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" with the Westminster Community Orchestra in 2000. He is a die-hard fan of classical music and his favorite composer is Bach. Ben currently works for American Institutes for Research, dealing primarily in education statistics.

November 17, 2007; Carole Herrick
Carol lives with her husband Philip in McLean. As a nationally ranked tennis player, she attended Los Angles State College, where she received her BA in history. She is active in numerous organizations throughout Fairfax County. As a former President of the McLean Historical Society, she has written numerous articles for publication about McLean and the Northern Virginia area. Currently, she chairs McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia 1607-2007 and serves on the board of Fairfax 2007, two organizations celebrating the quadricentennial anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Carole is also a member of the Fairfax County History Commission. She served for nine years on the Governing Board of the McLean Community Center and following that held the position of president of Friends of the McLean Community Center for four years. Carole is the immediate past President of McLean Chapter AARP 839 and served three years on AARP's Virginia's State Legislative Committee. In 2001 she received "The Heartbeat of Rotary Award" from the McLean Rotary Club. Carole authored A Chronological History of McLean, Virginia in 2001, August 24, 1814 - Washington in Flames (an account of the British burning of Washington, the sacking of Alexandria and the escapes of both Dolley and James Madison, plus other government officials, to Northern Virginia), and recently published Yesterday - 100 Recollections of McLean & Great Falls, Virginia.

October 13, 2007; Judge Janice Law: (www.judgejanicelaw.com)
Presentation: Law and Sex
     Texas Judge Janice Law will review her two non-fiction books: Yield: A Judge's Fir$t-Year Diary (2006) and Sex Appealed: Was the U.S. Supreme Court Fooled? (2005)
     Accepting a suggestion from instructors at New Judges School, Law, a former print journalist, kept a meticulous daily diary of her explosive first year as judge in Harris County, (Houston) Texas Criminal Court No. 5.
     She is a former state and federal prosecutor, and has also done indigent criminal defense. Law is now a visiting judge, working for judges who are ill, on vacation, etc.
     Sex Appealed, written in the style of an Agatha Christie mystery, is a behind- the- scenes investigation of set up rumors surrounding Lawrence v. Texas, an internationally famous case that began in Judge Law's Houston court and went to the U.S. Supreme Court.
     In consecutive years, the National Press Club selected both Law books for their prestigious Book & Author Night gala in November. CSpan2 BOOK TV has aired interviews on both books, and major book festivals featured Judge Law as a panelist and moderator.
    20% of all sales will benefit the Pen-Arts Building Fund.

May 12, 2007, 1 pm                                        Lucia St. Clair Robson
National League of American Pen Women, DC Branch presented Lucia St. Clair Robson
at the historic Pen Arts Building 1300 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC:

In her own voice: :
     "I talked about Shadow Patriots, the novel about the group that spied for George Washington during the Revolution.  I included anecdotes about the oddities I uncoveedr while doing the research, and gave examples of how I work them into the stories."

   Few novelists working now have a better grasp of early American history than Robson ... Wholly believable, confidently realized, attention-holding historical fiction."  
                                        -- Kirkus Reviews on Shadow Patriots, a Novel of the Revolution 

   True West Magazine*names Lucia as Best Living Western Historical Novelist - "Beginning with her first book, Ride the Wind (about Comanche captive Cynthia Ann Parker), through her latest, Ghost Warrior: Lozen of the Apaches, Lucia combines a historian's knowledge of facts with a novelist's understanding of the human condition.  As a result, she's able to transport her readers to a world that is so real, they can smell the sweat."  *50th Anniversary Special Issue - Best of the West.
   Historical accounts were helpful, but the map is not the territory". Lucia writes about her "connection" to Texas:  "On (my) first jaunt through Texas I acquired a life-long addiction to time-tripping. What I discovered was that solitary travel gives a sense of timelessness, of animated suspension between the nattering of the present and anxieties about the future."
For more information about Lucia St. Clair Robson, go to:  www.luciastclairrobson.com

April 14 , 2007:
   Maureen Mitchell (See Awards page) The performance was held at the Chevy Chase Library at 2:00PM (Large event room downstairs) 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20817 (240) 773-9590

Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11
The Congressional Chorus Concerts. The NLAPW-DC sponsored vocalist Maureen Mitchell sings in their presentation of "Love American Style."
See the Awards and Outreach page.

March 11 , 2007: St. Mathews Cathedral     Time: 2:45pm
Dick Schmidt conducted a private tour of St. Mathews Cathedral for the NLAPW-DC.

Saturday, February 10, 2007: John DeDakis (pronounced dih-DAY-kiss) (http://www.johndedakis.com)
Presentation title: "From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Stop Telling the Truth and Start Making it Up)."
    A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a CNN Senior Copy Editor. He has been with CNN since July 1988 and is currently an editor and writer for “The Situation Room,” anchored by Wolf Blitzer.
    DeDakis began his journalism career in 1969 by getting tear gassed as he covered an anti-Vietnam War riot for a campus radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a BA in Journalism from that university in 1977 following a stint in the Army where he worked as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network - Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany. DeDakis is a former White House Correspondent and has interviewed such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Alfred Hitchcock.
    Two incidents in his life inspired DeDakis to write his first novel, FAST TRACK: a car/train collision he witnessed as a child in 1959, and the suicide of his sister in 1980. This book tackles tough issues, including suicide, finding purpose in life, journalistic integrity, anonymous sources, and mentoring relationships. "The novel's strength is its roller-coaster plot, where tension lies between secrets revealed and unrevealed. In fact, you can't stop reading and you don't want to stop!" -Norm Goldman, Editor, Bookpleasures.com “ "The story is gripping...the writing is smart, crisp— and visual (I can see it all)...It’'s a book you'’ll want to keep on reading."” -Kelli Arena, CNN Justice Correspondent.

“'Fast Track' is one of those rare novels that you simply can’t put down. I was hooked on page one and it was non-stop until the very end – an emotional roller coaster.”

Wolf Blitzer
CNN Anchor, “The Situation Room”

John DeDakis lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and son. He also has two grown children.

January 13, 2007, 2:00 PM: A private tour of The Phillips Collection; 1600 21st Street, NW, RSVP required president@nlapw.org or (703)753-8529
This is a great way to stimulate your creative juices and start out the new year. Please visit The Phillips Collection.

December 9, 2006: Ed Knepley: (www.phase.com/ed_k) Ed Knepley is one of the metro DC area's top photographers. He has won "photographer of the year" awards every year that he has competed. His photos took four of the top six places in the Northern Virginia Photographic Society's 2005-2006 competition year including Advanced Color Print of the Year and Advanced Black & White Print of the Year. His photos are on permanent display in the newly opened exhibit at the National Park Service's Byrd Visitor Center on Skyline Drive, an Audubon Society exhibit and at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. In addition, Ed's work is regularly displayed in juried exhibits, one-man shows, and numerous books including Patricia Lipe's Nature's Wisdom.
    Ed is a retired engineer and is a volunteer photographer for the National Park Service specializing in nature photography. His talk to the NLAPW will be on Nature Photography as an Art Form. Come be entertained by a multi-media presentation featuring award winning nature photography accompanied by beautiful music.

November 11, 2006: Ruth Rose is a pianist whose repertoire ranges from the Baroque and Romantic to the contemporary. Her playing has been praised by Washington Post for her “blooming romanticism ... a deep, warm sound ... rich interpretations ... and a smooth singing quality.” The Dutch press was impressed by  “the rhythm, sharpness and color of her Albéniz ... her blend of an enormous temperament with refined humor ... and the excellence with which she creates moods”.
    Ruth Rose has performed extensively in recital, with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Israel, the United States and South America, appearing in prestigious venues and soloing with major ensembles. Ms Rose resided for many years in Amsterdam, and has appeared in the main Dutch venues like the Concertgebouw, de Ijsbreker, Vredenburg and De Doelen, as well as at the the Uitmarkt Festival and the Spring Festival in The Hague. She has also been a guest performer for radio broadcasts in the Netherlands with live recitals and recordings of Spanish, South American and contemporary music. She has performed at the Corcoran Gallery and the Anderson House in Washington DC, and is also a frequent collaborator with the In Series in their musical theatre productions.
    Based in Washington DC since 2003, Ruth Rose was born in Peru and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory. She recently joined the faculty at the Washington Conservatory. Her CD “Spanish and Latin American piano music” has been released on the Americus label.

October 14, 2006: Tom Kozar : (www.tomkozar.com)
Tom Kozar is a distinguished American artist who has earned international recognition. He has been selected by the State Department to participate in its Art for Embassies Program, and was commissioned to paint for the American Veterans Association and the National Park Service. He has been the Artist in Residence at the C&O Canal, Antietam's battlefield, and Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Kozar has created sculptures for the Truman Library and the Kennedy Library and other monuments around the nation. He also did the painting "Spirit of the Nation" for the 2002 fourth of July poster for the nation. A copy is now in the Smithsonian.

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