LaToya Johnson-Rainey - Owner of A Hair Boutique Shadyside, After working with her family beauty supply business "Sisters", she realized there was a niche for an intimate place where women could shop for wigs and learn about wig care. In high school, LaToya was in the Business and Finance program where she participated in many entrepreneur programs. At the age of 18 she was in a horrible car accident that took the life of her mother. LaToya was badly burned and broken , which left her in hospitals and rehab for six months. Her hair was burned on the right side, then she was introduced to wigs and hair weaves. She learned firsthand how they could help build confidence and make you like your outer appearance more. LaToya has earned a MBA in Business Innovation & Administration from Carlow University, and a BS in Business Communications from the University of Phoenix. In the fall of 2014, LaToya released her first published book, The Hair Commandments (The Shalls & Shall Nots of Weaves, Wigs, and Naturals).
Cori Wamsley - Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley has self-published six books: four in the Martina Mackenzie series (middle grade), Confessions of the Editor Brigand (women’s humor), and The Knight and the Ninjas (children’s epic poem). The introductory novel in her Martina Mackenzie series, The Diana’s Eye, placed as a semi-finalist in the top 100 in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Awards in 2008, and the second book, The Enchanted Carousel, placed as a semi-finalist in 2009. Her technical writing has been nominated for an Apex Award and a National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil Gold Screen Award, and she was part of a team that won two Apex Awards of Excellence and a NAGC Blue Pencil Gold Screen Award for technical publications.
Cori grew up in Bridgeport, WV, completed BAs in biology and English and an MA in English at West Virginia University, and moved to the greater Pittsburgh area in 2008. She has ten years of experience as a technical and scientific writer and editor and recently started Cori Wamsley Writing Services to help businesses and other writers produce and develop polished communication. She edited the second edition of the best-selling novel series Common Threads, by Pittsburgh’s Dr. Shellie Hipsky. She is a board member and the go-to writer for the Global Sisterhood nonprofit and is the executive writer and editor for the Eco Action nonprofit. Cori resides in Washington, PA.
David Nabhan - David Nabahan has been featured on major media outlets some three hundred times all over the world--CBS News, Inside Edition, RT Television, Howard Stern, London Daily Mail, Thom Hartmann Show, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Examiner, etc. He is the author of Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight (2013) and three other books on seismology. He is also a science fiction writer, Pilots of Borealis, (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2015). Currently, the sequel to Pilots of Borealis is being considered both as a novel at one of the premiere science fiction publishing house in New York, but also in the screenplay version, on the desk of the Creative Development department of a mega-studio in Los Angeles. Mr. Nabhan is the author of dozens of newspaper and magazine op-ed commentaries, in two languages and on three continents, and also of peer-reviewed papers on seismic forecasting published in scholarly journals in the United States and Europe. He is a native of Texas, a long-time resident of Los Angeles (former public school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for two decades), and a recent transplant to Pittsburgh. Web site: www.earthquakepredictors.com Contact: email@example.com
Trenita Finney - An artist and graphic designer located in Pittsburgh. Trenita's illustration work consists of watercolor and pencil portraits of celebrities, family and friends. She also do original illustration work of Afro-centric women in watercolors. Her inspiration comes from my family, neo-soul music and friendships. During her attendance at Duquesne University she developed a 80-page illustration book , “The Syllestial Collection VOL. 1” containing three years of illustrative works between 2010 – 2012. Lately she has become involved in RAW artist showcase galleries and have displayed at least 20 pieces of artwork through their venue from 2014 – 2015. Currently she works as a freelance designer and artist, showcasing my work through underground art venues in Pittsburgh. http://www.trenitafinney.net/
Alicia Stankay- Alicia Stankay is a writer and photographer. She worked for twenty-five years in medical records and applied the skills for organization and understanding people to her writing. After selling her first stories to children’s magazines, she entered her adult stories into contests, winning and publishing in Writers’Journal, Taproot Literary Review, and Loyalhanna Review. With a co-writer, her first book of short stories appeared in 2012, followed by another book of her own short stories the next year. In 2014, her first novel, Beyond the Bridge, was published, a story of love and mystery spanning nineteen years. Alicia participates in book readings and events in local libraries, book clubs, and women’s groups, donating twenty percent of her book sales that day to the organization. She belongs to Taproot Writers Workshop, Ligonier Valley Writers, and Pennwriters. Her photos appear not only on her book covers, but also on three covers of the Loyalhanna Review in recent years. In 2014, two of her photos were chosen for the Merrick Art Gallery’s Legacy Exhibition. Alicia will soon publish her first book for preteen readers using the setting of Old Economy Village in her hometown of Ambridge, PA.
Billie Harlan - Author of Through The Eye Of The Soul: Stories that Beg a to Be Told About Life Here and Beyond, has been a Hospice Chaplain for 14 years ,and licensed Social Work Psychotherapist for 20 years. Billie has also taught Religion and English to High School students in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg area. Through The Eye Of The Soul is a collection of stories that she has gathered over the years and hopes to convey a message of inspiration and hope.
Date: November 10, 2016
Presentations: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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Stray TV Books is a new, informative show and social event for authors, illustrators and readers. This show takes you inside the lives of talented writers and artists as they let the world know about their stories and struggles. The main focus of this show is the author’s work product. We want to allow authors to discuss both their subject matter and inspiration behind their book. Stray TV Books will highlight works of art by a diverse group of individuals from all over the world. The hour long show will focus on authors, books, and readers. S. Stray Publishing will produce a series of episodes. The first group of episodes will feature authors with a Pittsburgh connection along with authors from other cities and countries. Each episode will be aired on television and on-line through several media outlets for local and international audiences! With over a million followers through our on-line affiliates, Stray TV Books will introduce a diverse group of authors and illustrators to a wide range of people. The goal of Stray TV Books is to cover established and emerging authors in a variety of subject areas, including entertainment, children’s literature, science, technology, travel, drama, comedy, history, biography and public affairs. If required, the show will also have panel discussions. Some episodes may include book signings and visits to bookstores, businesses and universities. During the presentations, each author will guide and direct the discussion and presentation in their own style and method, this makes each episode unique and exciting. In addition, authors are able to hear directly from the audience and their readers.
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Karen Malena - Graduate of Bradford Business School of Pittsburgh, Karen worked in the dental field as office manager and assistant for over thirty years. She became a published author in 2011 under Helping Hands Press, followed by a local company, Lamb Books, and finally Tuxedo & Beans of Murrysville, Pa. Karen belongs to a monthly writers group, Pittsburgh East Scribes. She recently had a manuscript accepted by FitCat Publishing for an upcoming cat anthology, a sequel to their award winning book "Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats Through Their Eyes." Her own cat novel, "Piggy," received a five star Reader's Favorite. She has five novels published and is working on several sequels, one of which is her widely-received golden years romance set in the town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Karen blogs at karenmalena.blogspot.com with true, inspirational stories. "Sound of Silence" is her first dark, dystopian work. http://karenmalena.com/
Yasmin Soferi launched the Kids Empowerment Club (KEC) with the help of her inspirational mentor, Mrs. Yvonne Brooks from Brooksandbrooksfoundation. Yvonne Brooks has become known as the “Parenting with Love Coach.” She is the industry leader in teaching parents about using love to decode their children’s emotional language. www.brooksandbrooksfoundation.com
Walter Andal obtained his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in International Finance from the University of La Verne in California, and his Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University. He has worked in different capacities in the fields of insurance, banking, real estate, and healthcare. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children. www.finance101forkids.com
Jay Speyerer - Jay Speyerer has been a speaker, a writer, and an educator for more than 30 years, successfully helping people achieve their goals in memoir writing, book publishing, email issues, cross-cultural communication, and presentation skills. Owner of Legacy Road Communications, Jay works with people to write their biographies because he believes we are defined by our stories.
Jay was on the faculty of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for 25 years, teaching photography, communication, and non-linear scriptwriting. He is also the past president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Speakers Association, and is the author of four books, including his latest, Home Cats.
Ashley Boynes-Shuck - Ashley Boynes-Shuck is the author of two nonfiction health memoirs entitled Sick Idiot and Chronically Positive. She is also the novelist behind the post-apocalyptic fiction book, To Exist. In addition to being an award-winning published author and blogger, Ms. Boynes-Shuck is an advocate for health and animal causes, a certified health coach, a reporter for Healthline.com, and a book reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Dr. Jenna Flowers is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Author, and Speaker. She has a private practice in Newport Beach, California and has been teaching a parenting class she co-developed call Conscious Mothering since 2007. The Conscious Parent's Guide to Coparenting published by Adams Media is her first book. www.drjenna.com
Adam T. Newman is an award winning, children's book author whose childhood consisted of sports, reading comic books and playing with action figures. His love for film, writing and cartoons led him cross country to Los Angeles where he landed a job working for a children's animation company.
Adam has worked for numerous film studios as an art director and graphic designer. He is also the recipient of the prestigious "World's Greatest Dad" award which was presented by his two wonderful kids in the form of a t-shirt. miloinkbooks.com
Brent Poppen is an author, substitute teacher, counselor and an international motivational speaker. Brent competed in two consecutive Paralympics, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, in wheelchair rugby and tennis. He earned a Bronze Medal in wheelchair rugby and has received numerous Gold Medals and world titles in both sports. booksbybrent.com
Leah Pileggi - Leah Pileggi grew up in Kane, Pennsylvania, a tiny town in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest. While she didn’t have many books as a child, she now has more than one person probably should. She has studied creative writing at Chatham University and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chautauquan Daily, Mental Floss, The New York Times Magazine and Hopscotch Magazine. She is the author of How to Design a World-Class Engineering College: A History of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently she’s at work on two books that are set in Pittsburgh, and she has just begun research for a Civil War era YA novel. Her first novel, Prisoner 88, was inspired by a docent’s story during a tour at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. A 10-year-boy had actually been incarcerated there in the 1880s, but nobody knew much about him. With the help of the Idaho Historical Society, Leah found newspaper clippings, letters and the trial transcript for the boy and used that information to write Prisoner 88, her award-winning middle-grade historical novel. www.leahpileggi.com
Thomas Powers - Current president of the Lawrenceville Historical Society (LHS) and edit's and produces the LHS quarterly newsletter. A native of O’Hara Township, PA, Tom’s family and relations have lived in the area for over 200 years. He was the principal author and art director for the book, “Portrait of an American Community: O’Hara Township, PA.” He holds an M.F.A. from Penn State University and is the owner of Power Media and Design, a graphic design service. The Township of O’Hara published its own comprehensive history in 2008 and Tom was the chairman of the committee that produced the book. He designed the book and was the principal writer of the text. The nearly 300-page book is packed with information including over 500 photographs, maps and illustrations showing the unique qualities of the area (which also includes Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, and Sharpsburg).Tom has had four published stories in the Heinz History Center’s quarterly magazine, “Western Pennsylvania History.”
Chris Ortega & Miguel Chang Obiis is a children’s animated book series which goes by “my U.F.O.” or “My Unique Friends the Obiis”. This children’s book series is a story of tiny aliens who go by the name Obiis. These special tiny aliens have unique abilities which make them distinctive from all the rest. obiis.com
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Ilene Lederer - a native of Chicago, attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, creating original imagery that navigates the delicate bridge between the mundane and mystical theaters of human experience. A member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Winn-Lederer’s clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Hadassah, NY., Lilith Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Scholastic, Charlesbridge Publishers, Simon & Schuster and Cricket Magazine. Her unique drawings and paintings are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Winn-Lederer is represented by The ArtWorks, Inc./HeflinReps, an international illustration agency with offices in New York, Chicago, London & Tokyo. http://www.winnlederer.com/
Rick Antolic - Rick Antolic earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Illustration. Rick is a recent past-President of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, the 2nd largest Society of Illustrators in the country. Rick is currently a freelance illustrator living in Pittsburgh, PA. Among his various projects, Rick designed and illustrated a series of postage stamps for the Royal Government of Bhutan, through Creative Products International, which included, among a series of paper stamps, the world's first CD-ROM postage stamp. More recently, Rick has been designing wine labels for various wineries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rick is the illustrator behind the new book, Pittsburgh: A Coloring Book, which includes 27 tightly-rendered illustrations of various places, people, and events in and around the city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: A Coloring Book is sold in various retailers in Pittsburgh, and in some locations of Barnes & Noble.