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Rock Island Library’s August Art Exhibit Depicts the Vanishing Tall Grass Prairie PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:59
Rock Island, IL: A vanishing slice of the environment will be on display at the Rock Island Library in August, with an exhibit of Midwest Prairie Paintings by Davenport artist Pamela Bradner Ohnemus.

The show will be available for viewing during library hours from Aug. 2 to 30 on the second floor of the Main Library, 401 - 19th Street.

Ohnemus works in acrylics and notes that, “The natural landscape has always been a powerful focus of my work.  Currently I am conducting on-site research at local prairies, depicting the landscape in paint.  Prairies have been reduced to isolated fragments that require conservation and preservation.  Less than one percent of the pre-settlement tall grass prairie remains.”

Her highly detailed works involve layers of color over complementary under paintings, bringing delicate flowers and plants to life with subtle texture and natural patterns.

Ohnemus taught art for the Davenport School District from 1980 to 2013. Born in Ashcroft, British Columbia, she became a naturalized US citizen in 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Art Education in 1980 and a Master of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 1999. Her website is


New Book Captures Wisdom of Every President PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:48

Their words put into Perspective and 40 Categories

Harry Truman said, “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” His words first appeared in a biographical work by William Hillman, sixty years ago.   They now appear in Wisdom from the Oval Office, a new book by Pierce Word who has assembled 40 categories of quotations of all the presidents of the United States. It is considered the largest assemblage of U.S. presidential quotations in publishing history. Its pub date is July 26, 2013

Along with Mr. Truman, the words of Washington, Obama and the others, are presented about a broad range of subjects such as love, religion, God, and friendship, subjects not the usual presidential subjects, but war, peace, honor, leadership, freedom and liberty receive an abundance of attention. The flow of quotations and the manner in which they are categorized shows, interestingly, the frame of mind of each president such as Lincoln’s spirituality, Nixon’s binocular view of love and fear, and Obama on parental love. Of particular interest is the diversity of interest on the subject of politics of which they all have commonality.

The idea for The Wisdom from the Oval Office was compiled by author Pierce Word while a student at the University of Chicago. Frustrated at the difficulty he had finding the “right” quotations for his various academic projects, he knew there had to be a better way and made one with his new book after culling through library stacks and  Internet portals for two years.

The results of his two year search was hailed by reviewer Gordon Osmond of “” who wrote “…as for anyone interested in savoring the full range of presidential statements as a means of acquiring a fuller understanding of this country’s past glories and contemporary challenges, this book is surely required reading. The aptly named Mr. Word should be sincerely thanked for it.”

Author Pierce Word is a resident of Chicago, Illinois and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. He did graduate work at the University of Cairo in his pursuit of Mid-Eastern studies

Wisdom from the Oval Office, 9781933909448 was published by History Publishing Company on July.23, 2013. It is available at Barnes and Noble booksellers and in fine bookstores nationally and on and and other internet sites globally.

From Pampered Housewives to Comic Heroes, How Media Trends are Made PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 July 2013 08:24
Film Producer Explains the Forces Driving Contemporary

Take a look at what’s offered in media today – did you ever think you’d spend so much time with ice truckers and over-pampered, middle-aged housewives? What about your childhood comic heroes? Did you expect the sense of humor in so many commercials would be so intentionally obtuse?

What accounts for the seemingly drastic differences between what people watch today and what audiences gravitated toward 10, 20 and 30 years ago?

“There are important differences between today’s media and that of 1983 – and there will be noticeable differences between what we experience today and 2043 – but underneath the apparent differences are important commonalities and overriding themes,” says Vlad Yudin, ( a Russian-born media entrepreneur and successful filmmaker, currently juggling multiple projects.

Yudin, a writer, director and producer, reviews five characteristics that feed an audience’s media sensibilities at any given time:

• It’s messy and organic. The zeitgeist, or the spirit of a time period, is never fully accounted for by any one thing; there are always many influences, including politics, economy, technology and a host of similar factors. For example, Yudin is working with “Game of Thrones” producer Mark Huffam on adapting into a film C.C. Humphrey’s historical fiction novel “The French Executioner,” which takes place in 1536. Why does there seem to be an appetite for stories set in the distant past? “One reason is that audiences want relief from today’s technology and rapidly changing world,” Yudin says. “The distant past was a far more dangerous but, on the surface at least, a much simpler time.”

• Visceral and emotional content works. Whether a storyteller appeals to the heartstrings of a mostly female audience in a romantic genre or the masculine appetite for violence and action, audiences pay attention to visceral content. One of Yudin’s recent projects, a graphic novel titled “Head Smash,” has quickly garnered traction among comic fans, and he already plans to turn into a film. In recent years, comics have proven to be part of a winning formula for a film project’s success. “Today’s audiences have nostalgia for the comics they read as kids, but they gravitate toward darker, flawed heroes,” Yudin says. “They’re not kids anymore.”

• People aspire to ideals. Human beings have always interpreted gods as ideal human specimens, from the grace and beauty of Venus to the power of Hercules. People who look perfect pique attention, which is why Yudin decided to revisit the fascination behind the 1977 hit “Pumping Iron” with his docudrama “Generation Iron,” which updates viewers to today’s body builders. “Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t become a household name through his acting talent,” Yudin says.

• Gravitation toward an inspirational narrative. The ethos of the United States – the American Dream – appeals to contemporary ambitious immigrants, including Yudin. People want to improve themselves, and they like experiencing movies where characters start off low, but end on a high. That’s the idea behind Yudin’s 2010 film release “Last Day of Summer,” about a low-ranking fast-food protagonist who finds his confidence. “Most of us want to root for the underdog, even if his actions for improving his lot are less-than-noble,” he says.

• We fancy the fanciful. Ghosts, monsters, fairies, trolls, witches, wizards – our stories are filled with magic. Aliens are a comparatively more recent manifestation that even highly educated scientists believe are a possibility somewhere in the universe. We like to think that what may be impossible is possible, which is why Yudin created “Catskill Park,” a film to be released this year. It follows three friends who document an extraterrestrial presence during their camping trip to upstate New York.

About Vlad Yudin

Russian-born writer, director, producer Vlad Yudin is the principal of The Vladar Co., a media and entertainment production company. New projects include the ARCANA Comics graphic novel and film “Head Smash,” and the bodybuilding docudrama “Generation Iron,” a remake of the 1977 hit “Pumping Iron.” Additionally, he is currently working with “Game of Thrones” producer Mark Huffam in adapting into film the historical fiction novel “The French Executioner,” the story of the greatest executioner in all of Europe, Jean Rombeaud. Yudin is developing the graphic novel “Head Smash,” which is led by Sean O’Reilly, publisher of “Cowboys and Aliens.” The sci-fi thriller centers on an orphan named Smash who finds a safe haven with a brutal syndicate, The Horde. Yudin is best known for directing and producing the docufilm “Big Pun: The Legacy” (2008), a critically acclaimed biopic about legendary rapper Christopher Lee Rios, and “Last Day of Summer,” which he wrote, directed and produced. Yudin grew up in Russia and New York and is a graduate of Pace University and the New York University Filmmaking Program.

Heroine struggles to find happiness amidst abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:30

In Charlesea Nelson’s ‘Life is a Series of Choices’ a woman is forced to make tough decisions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In her new novel “Life is a Series of Choices” (published by AuthorHouse), author Charlesea Nelson explores the dangerous and pain-ridden life of a woman who suffers abuse at seemingly every turn.

Alyson knows from childhood she is different and feels at times no one loves her at all. She finds what she thinks is love with George Kingsley and his family; Alyson thinks they have it all. But she soon learns that no matter how hard she tries to fix, heal or change someone, if they are not willing to change for themselves it will never work.

Nelson knows firsthand that her stories are accurate and poignant, and hopes that they will give strength to other women who may be suffering in similar circumstances. “Many men and even women find themselves in the same situation,” she says. “I hope that a few of the stories make them laugh and let them know to not fear the unknown and in doing so you stay in a relationship that you should end.”


“Life is a Series of Choices”

By Charlesea Nelson

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 298 pages | ISBN 9781477260302

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 298 pages | ISBN 9781477260296

E-Book | 298 pages | ISBN 9781477260319

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Charlesea Nelson grew up in an abusive home. Her mother died when Nelson was young and after that she never felt she belonged. Being brought up around abuse and being married to a cheating spouse and a spouse that subjected her to a lifestyle of drug and alcohol addiction made it difficult for Nelson to build confidence or self esteem. She put up so many walls to protect herself that she still finds herself doubting she is loved. Nelson has a wonderful family now, and a loving husband.

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Top-Selling Indie Author Shares 4 Tips for Marketing Your Book PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:26
Building a Following is a Marathon, Not a Sprint,
Says Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist

If you want people to read your book, you have to be more than a talented storyteller or researcher – you will need plenty of persistence, says Darlene Quinn, a 75-year-old award-winning novelist whose passion for the written word trumped her lucrative position as a top executive at the legendary Bullocks Wilshire department stores.

“Sometimes an author has it easy; either they’re already a celebrity, or their name has been widely reported in a major public scandal – or both – but not even those criteria guarantee readership,” says Quinn, author of "Unpredictable Webs", (, the newest in her stand-alone series of suspense-filled dramatic novels.

“Many authors will tell you just don’t get into the book-writing business, because writing something that people will want to read is challenge enough. Then you face the daunting process of getting people to buy it!”

She offers these tips for getting your book in front of the masses – and enticing them to buy it.

• Draw on the strengths that helped you meet previous challenges: Quinn found professional footing decades ago, in a time when it was rare for women to rise to executive positions. After earning a bachelor’s at San Jose State University, she became a schoolteacher. She later climbed her way up to working as a department store executive during a time of tremendous upheaval in the retail fashion industry. The tenacity and perseverance required to achieve that dream served her well when she fixed on another dream – writing – late in life. She sharpened her writing chops by penning articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers.

• Book awards: Simply entering your book in a contest gives it some exposure. Should it be selected for an award, you’ve got a great marketing tool that can open doors otherwise closed to you. Awards sticker or seals, which can be added to the book cover, can help persuade book stores to carry it. The press release announcing winners of local, national or international book awards also trigger Google Alerts, positively increasing exposure. Announcements of winners prior to publication alert avid readers to upcoming releases.

• Book awards II: Do your research; make sure that the contest is well-established and legit. Read the rules, and if at all possible, research the judges who will be reviewing the books. Try to avoid contests that have high entry fees and those that appear to be non-discriminating. National and international contests such as the Indie Book Awards, Writers Digest Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards Reader’s Favorites, and International Best Book Award (sponsored by USA Book News) are just a few respectable contests that meet these criteria. There are also many legitimate regional and local book contests to consider.

• Quality in every respect: With power comes responsibility. In the past, the only real hope an author had of being read by anyone beyond his or her immediate family was going through a major publisher. Today, authors can take production matters into their own hands with self- or independent publishing, which may lead to a contract with a major book company. Either way, a writer should ensure quality in every aspect -- from the plot and characters, to the cover art, design and paper. Make sure the book is edited by an objective professional.

About Darlene Quinn

Darlene Quinn is an author and journalist from Long Beach, Calif., whose novels about deceit, intrigue and glamour in the retail fashion industry were inspired by her years with Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores. Her newest, Unpredictable Webs, is the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Excellence in Fiction and was selected as the number-one President's choice before publication. The novel continues her series, including Webs of Fate, which won the 2011 Reader's Favorites Award before it hit bookshelves; Webs of Power, winner of a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award, and Twisted Webs, winner of the 2011 International Book Award for General Fiction and the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards for General Fiction.

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