Author Expo at Northampton Library

by Joan Hellyer

Deanie Yasner says she’s looking forward to introducing her newest heroine, “Essie Rose,” to middle school students in late October during an author’s expo in Northampton. 

The retired special education teacher penned the historical fiction novel entitled “Essie Rose’s Revelation Summer” based on her own experiences growing up in the 1950s Jim Crow South.

Deanie sees parallels between that era and present day.

“The message of the book is so important and timely I want to get it out into the world,” the Bucks County resident said. “I am excited to meet children and adults as well so I can share with them Essie Rose’s story and my story as well.”

Deanie will be among close to two dozen authors on hand to have face-to-face talks with their readers during the Fifth Annual Author Expo at the Free Library of Northampton Township.

It is set for 11:00am to 2:00pm on October 26th in the library off Upper Holland Road in the township’s Richboro section.

Authors of children and adult books will be able to showcase and sell their books during the expo, said Linda Rowan, a Northampton reference librarian.

The authors will be spread throughout the library to “share their experience writing and publishing books,” Linda said.

In addition to Deanie, other area others scheduled to attend include Susan Apollon, Bill D’Anjolell, Judi Dolan, Tom Elsasser, John McCabe, Darlene McGarrity, Edward McLaughlin, Jill Osterhout, Ira Poliakoff, Beverly Sce, Leanne Treese, Sherill Cannon, Lesley Grigg, Melissa Rose Bushey, Barbara Dilorenzo, Sofia Michelle Kublanov, Gail Marshall, Diane Schute, Karen Scheuer and James Hockenberry.

“I love the opportunity to connect with my readers face-to-face,” said the Princeton, New Jersey-based Hockenberry. “Their kind words and honest feedback are vital for me to improve and know that I have done well and not so well. Having someone tell you that your book kept them up at night and can’t wait to read the next one is a thrill.”

This will be the third year Hockenberry, author of the World War I Intrigue Series, will participate in the expo.

“I hope that, as an author, I represent the library well and hope that by appearing I will help promote the great work they do,” he said. “Libraries are so important, as are books.”

Call 215-357-3050 or go to for more information about the expo.