SCRANTON — Penn State Worthington Scranton will host four regional writers and an illustrator for a panel discussion on their books, designs and independent publishing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Study Learning Center’s K Bruce Sherbine Lounge.
The event is free and open to the public and no reservations are needed. Light refreshments will be served.
Individuals who have copies of any of the authors’ works can get them signed at this event.
The panel will include:
• Dave Hess, a Vietnam veteran and retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent, recently had his first book, “Ambush,” published.
The novel, a work of fiction, details the life of a young soldier in Vietnam who is coerced into smuggling drugs for his superior officers. Later in life, the character becomes a DEA agent and embarks on a career tracking the same men who bullied him into their black market scheme many years before.
Hess attended Penn State Worthington Scranton and is a graduate of the University of Scranton. His newest novel, “$417.00 to $425.00,” will be published this year.
• Scranton native Barbara J. Taylor teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District and still resides in the “Electric City,” two blocks away from where she grew up.
She has an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University. Her debut novel is the critically acclaimed “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night,” which was named a “Best Book of Summer 2014” by Publishers Weekly. The sequel, “All Waiting Is Long,” will be released on July 5.
• John J. Zelenski is an award-winning author who has appeared on television and radio, and was featured in numerous print articles, as well as receiving high-profile reviews from the popular community.
Inspired, in part, to write his first novel, “Walker’s Vale,” by his own paranormal experiences as a child, Zelenski developed a keen understanding of the supernatural.
His second novel and prequel to “Walker’s Vale” – “The Journal of Ezekiel Walker” – continues the saga of the first book, with a future third installment presently in the works. “Walker’s Vale,” the film, will be released through Allegentsia Productions, with filming scheduled to begin sometime this year.
• Jeff Davis (writing as J.L. Davis) currently lives in Jim Thorpe, the Gateway to the Poconos. In his twenties he did everything from bartending to playing the drums on the local entertainment circuit with area bands.
He is the author of three novels, including “Nesting with the Loons,” a satiric novel with a Hiassen-like brand of humor. He later went on to write “Crude,” a critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller about survival in the world after an environmental disaster. Davis recently released his third novel, “The 7th Jackal,” also available on audiobook from iTunes, Audible and Amazon.
• Marybeth Cauley, an illustrator and owner of Cauley Custom Designs in Jim Thorpe, worked on the design of Davis’ “Nesting with the Loons” and “The 7th Jackal,” as well as Leo Juarez’s “Kame Poetry” and also worked on setup and design in e-book formats, such as Amazon Kindle.
She specializes in custom art, specifically book cover design.