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News release announcing the publication of HALAFAX, a new novel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Mauch   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:30
DAVENPORT (February 5, 2013 ) ─ In her debut novel, HALIFAX (Whiskey Creek Press)  author Joan Mauch spins the chilling tale of a woman who kills a man in self-defense only to discover she enjoyed it and now fears she may be turning into a serial killer. In a review of the book, Michael Romkey, author of I, VAMPIRE and nine other novels writes:
“Eleanor Hurley is a woman leading a life of quiet desperation when a single moment of violence changes everything. Eleanor kills a homicidal man to save a group of children. This lethal act releases Eleanor from her former existence, yet her freedom comes with a price. Eleanor is not repulsed by her capacity for violence, but rather exhilarated by her unsuspected power to take a life. Frightened at the darkness within, Eleanor flees, but cannot run away from herself, or from the troubles that lie ahead in Halifax. Author Joan Mauch delves into the psychology of the average person and discovers that what lies beneath the surface is something complex, disturbing and altogether unexpected.”
Former librarian Diane Willett of Spokane, Wash., calls the plot amazingly topical. “Violence, bullying, murder, psychopaths/sociopaths are in the headlines and in HALIFAX as well.” Referring to the main character, Eleanor Hurley, she writes: “She is a most interesting character. …not worldly-wise at all, a sort of lamb. I recognize parts of myself in Ellie. I think most people will.”
Michael McCarty the author of over 30 books including the recently released CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN says HALIFAX is “a sojourn of discovery spanning two countries from sunny Florida to eastern Canada. Joan Mauch begins her novel-writing career with such an impressive piece of work. Highly, highly recommended.”
Chicago playwright Richard James Zieman writes, “What is keeping me turning the page is the writing. It comforts my senses like a boat floating in perfect rhythm on genteel waves. I am on page 24 and still want to read more because for me, the story has struck a chord. I love psychological thrillers. I like her (Eleanor Hurley), have empathy for her and already find myself rooting for her.”
A native of Illinois, Joan has lived in Washington state, Oregon and Chicago over the course of her life, variously working as a teacher, public aid caseworker, head of a nonprofit housing development corporation, real estate sales agent, public relations executive and vice president of marketing for a national association. Nine years ago Ms. Mauch a native of the Quad-Cities, relocated from Chicago to Davenport where she divides her time between proofreading at The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus newspapers and novel writing. Joan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in urban studies.
Joan will be signing copies of HALIFAX from 11-2:00 on Saturday, March 2 at The Book Rack’s Davenport store at 4764 Elmore Ave. (across from Best Buy) and on the following Saturday, March 9 at the store’s Moline location, 3937 41 Ave.
HALIFAX may be purchased as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel or Whiskey Creek’s website: whiskeycreekpress.com. Buy the paperback at The Book Rack or order it through Ms. Mauch’s website at: www.joanmauch.com.
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Quad Cities Author Katie Ganshert At Upcoming Local Events to Celebrate Her Second Novel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynette Kittle   
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:09

Meet local author Katie Ganshert at a Quad Cities upcoming local book signing event, celebrating her second novel Wishing on Willows (Waterbrook Press, March 19, 2013) that continues the story in her debut novel Wildflowers from Winter.

The story of Robin Price as she deals with a three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories of her late husband, where Ganshert explores if second chances at life and love always involve surrender?

Meet Ganshert at one, or both, book signing events!

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

1:00-3:00 PM

Books-A-Million

4000 East 53rd St

Davenport, Iowa 52807

Phone: 563.355.0705

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

6:30-8:00 PM

Dunn Brothers,

787 Middle Rd

Bettendorf, IA 52722

Phone: 563.345.6099

 

Although fiction, the real-life topics addressed by Ganshert provides readers thought provoking situations such as single-parenting, second chances and surrendering personal plans for God’s plans.

Through Ganshert’s skillful writing, readers are able explore their own life choices and concerns as they journey with the characters through their own situations.

 
‘Government Control of News’ Reveals U.S. Censorship Threats PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:30

In his book, “Government Control of News: A Constitutional Challenge,” former NBC-TV legal counsel Corydon B. Dunham chronicles the government’s censorship of broadcast news. He warns of a pending proposal that could renew television and radio news censorship and increase official control of local news content.

A new Localism, Balance and Diversity Doctrine would authorize the FCC to revise local news to meet government administration views, Dunham says. Since the FCC is now transferring the broadcast spectrum to the internet, it could potentially control internet local news as well.

“Government Control,” which includes pages of carefully cited references, began as a study at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institute. Dunham did extensive research of records and witnesses to document the effects of the Fairness Doctrineand other television news censorship.

“The government justified the doctrine as a way to investigate and ensure stations aired opposing viewpoints on issues,” he says. “But if a complaint was made about a view that had been broadcast, the FCC could order that the view be changed or other views presented.”

Failure to comply could result in no license renewal.

In 1987, the FCC revoked the doctrine after the agency and courts found that it deterred news coverage of important issues, imposed censorship, chilled speech and prevented criticism of the administration.

But in 2008, the FCC released a proposed Localism Doctrine to force local TV news to satisfy government’s views on localism, balance and diversity. “It has many of the same characteristics of the old Fairness Doctrine,” Dunham says.

The new rule would have three presidentially-appointed federal commissioners authorized to change news reports and impose penalties, and an official local board for each station that could override the news judgment of local journalists. These boards would recommend loss of broadcast license for violations.

A special 2011 FCC report concluded the new doctrine would violate the public interest, but it remains pending.

About Corydon B. Dunham

Corydon B. Dunham is a Harvard Law School graduate. His “Government Control of News” study was started at the Smithsonian Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and expanded and developed for the Corydon B. Dunham Fellowship for the First Amendment at Harvard Law School. As an NBC executive from 1965 to 1990, Dunham oversaw legal and government matters and Broadcast Standards. “Government Control of News: A Constitutional Challenge” is available on Amazon.com.

 
"POOR KIDS" DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND DISCUSSION AT WIU-QC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:43

MOLINE, IL -- A screening of the PBS documentary, "Poor Kids" will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Rooms 103 and 104 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus.

Produced by Jezza Neumann and Lauren Mucciolo, the documentary tells the story of child poverty in America through the eyes of children, including some from the QC region.

In this documentary, "Frontline" follows several of the more than 13 million children in poverty for a glimpse at what life is like for a child in need. There is the near-constant hunger, the stress that comes from watching a parent struggle, and oftentimes, days and weeks spent living in a shelter or bouncing from motel to motel. A post-film discussion will be led byTammy Werner of the WIU-QC sociology department.

While the screening is open free to the public, participants are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the River Bend Food Bank. The screening is sponsored by WIU-Quad Cities, the WIU-QC Communication Student Society (CSS), WQPT and the River Bend Food Bank of the Quad Cities.

For more information, visit pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids.

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You Will Find Joy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Newton   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:23
Davenport, Iowa – January 2013

You Will Find Joy, written by Nancy Newton, has been published by Inspiring Voices. The Greatest Book every written! It has something for everyone; humor, pathos, romance, treachery, history, tragedy, feats of daring do. The Bible is undeniably the widest read and published book in the world. But really, something for everyone?

Many years ago I began reading “The Upper Room” as a daily devotional. I soon found numerous Bible passages spoke to me, like a primer or a guide. For example, in Psalms 24:12-14 David asks ‘Do you want long life and happiness? Then keep from speaking evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart’. I began categorizing passages like this, so when someone said ‘I just don’t see how the Bible applies to my life’ the gauntlet was unknowingly thrown down and I picked it up resolutely. Thus You Will Find Joy came to life. And a unique life it is. Not a dogmatic tome, more a self-help manual, a way anyone can open up their lives.

Joy is unique because of its categorized biblical treatment. It is organized so whatever your situation you can easily find a Bible verse to help you.

As one reader observed: Nancy Newton’s book is a delightful way to spend time with many special passages of the Bible. It can be used as a devotional guide or a topical guide. Using her knowledge of the Bible, Nancy has spent many hours in reflective thought and created a way to help people gain insight for their journey. – Reverend Anne Lippincott, Senior Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Davenport, IA

My aim in putting together Joy is to spread the word our lives can be filled with joy, no matter what life brings.

You Will Find Joy is available in soft cover for $12.00 and as an ebook for $3.99.

About the Author – Nancy Newton is a retired Government employee who lives in Davenport, IA with her greyhounds. She is passionate about her faith, and protecting animals and the environment.

Events: Book Signing at Moline Book Rack, 3937 41st Ave Dr, Moline, Il, 12-2

Contact Nancy Newton for further information. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 563-322-7456

Part of the proceeds from sale of the book will benefit disaster relief in the US.

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, the Book Rack and other fine bookstores. Published through Inspiring Voices, a division of “Guideposts” magazine.

 
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