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Marguerite Keil Flanders is one of the founding members of Ocean State Poets, a group that strives to bring poetry to all communities in Rhode Island, through readings, workshops and special events. She has led workshops for over 20 years, in libraries, schools, at conferences and Women’s Centers.

Her work has appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, Yankee Magazine, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Coal City Review, Comstock Review, Connecticut River Review, Caesura, Main Street Rag, Nimrod International Journal, Poetry East, Poetalk, Snail Mail Review, and The Smoking Poet.

Since 2008 she has been part of a team that gives poetry workshops every other Saturday, at the Men’s Medium Security Prison in Cranston, RI. She has been interviewed, and featured in programs, about her work with prison poets. Margie is currently offering workshops and private sessions in her studio in Wakefield, RI. She can be reached at:



Nora Hall is a Problem Solver and a “cockeyed optimist,” so when needing to understand the changes that occurred in her relationship with her newly retired husband, she started talking with other women with retired husbands. In the process she uncovered a plethora of situations, problems and solutions frequently encountered in the early stages of a husbands’ retirement. Armed with this information, she decided to share her discoveries to help wives understand–and laugh about–the errant behavior of newly retired husbands. Throughout the book she encourages women to see that they are not alone in the retirement adjustment struggle and calls upon both husbands and wives to take the necessary—but doable—steps toward a blissful retirement marriage.

Nora offers workshops for women with retired husbands and for couples who are, or are about to retire.  More information on the workshops can be found at




Nora will be talking about her new book, Surviving Your Husband's Retirement


May 3, Saturday, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Festival of Five: Chat with Five New England Female Authors - Newport Library.

Join Nora for the second annual Festival of Five, a conversation with five female authors from New England. Participating are Noel-Ann Brennan, Nora Hall, Tova Mirvis, Susan Reynolds and Julie Wu.


George Popovici is an award winning, certified safety engineer. He holds a degree in Industrial Technology and has sat on several national level technical committees and authored articles on incident prevention.

George now devotes much of his time to helping others who are ill through his charity and by speaking on faith and healing to groups and private organizations. His venues include nursing homes, churches and private institutions dedicated to healing and helping others.

George lives in New England with his children. Contact George at:

Angels Walking with Us

“A book of faith, hope and miracles to lift those who need inspiration, particularly in times of trouble and despair.  Read about the author’s struggle with chronic illness and the amazing people he met along the way that offered their own stories of divine encounters and interventions, medical miracles and perseverance.”

Maureen Hancock, nationally renowned spirit medium, and author of The Medium Next Door




May 8 at 6:30 PM- Meet George at the Westborough Shopping Center on Route 9. Sponsored by TATNUCK BOOKSELLER


Padma Venkatraman  has a doctorate in oceanography from the College of William and Mary and was a researcher and teacher for many years before she wrote her debut novel, Climbing the Stairs, released in May 2008 by Penguin. Padma is the winner of the 2008 Magazine Merit Award for nonfiction, awarded by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a storytelling world honor for her book The Cleverest Thief. Climbing the Stairs has received several honors, including a Book Sense Notable citation, a Booklist Editor’s choice and starred reviews in VOYA, Publishers Weekly and Booklist. It was also just named a Booklist Editor’s Book of the Year pick.


PADMA'S EVENT'S CALENDER for talks on her new book, A TIME TO DANCE (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House) which is available as an e-book and for pre-order and will be in bookstores throughout America on/after 1 May 2014.


The author will be offering library talks, writing workshops and school events at a reduced honorarium. For more information, contact her directly via email or phone or through her website .


To buy an autographed copy and meet the author, attend a book event at:


1:00 p.m. on Saturday 10th May at the Tomaquaq Museum in Exeter, RI;


4:00 p.m. on Saturday 17th May at Books on the Square in Providence, RI;


3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday 18th May at Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT;


11:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 7th June at Curiosity and Mischief, Narragansett, RI;


1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday 14thJune at Wakefield Books, RI;


Thurs-Sat 19th-21st June at Swan Hall, URI (OSSWC), Kingston, RI;


7 p.m. on Wednesday, 25thJune at Politics and Prose, DC;


2:30 p.m. on Saturday 28th June at the Govan’s Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD;


 2:00 p.m.; - Saturday 18th October at Lincoln School, Providence, RI; Saturday 8th November at the Davisville Public Library, RI.


For more information, contact her directly via email or phone or through her website


Sharon White has retired from a lifelong career as a registered nurse, spending forty years providing care and support to patients and their families. Her first exposure to death was when she was sent by an instructor in her first week of nursing school to the Los Angeles County General Hospital Morgue to complete an assignment on a man she had given care to the day before. As she stood in front of the huge cooler, the attendant pulled shrouded bodies, tray after tray, until the name of her patient appeared on the toe tag. The very next day she had a moderately ill woman as a patient who told her she would die at two o’clock that afternoon, and indeed she died right at the predicted time. These two moments brought her very close to her own mortality, and she continued dealing with the mystery of death throughout her career.

She became at ease with death and dying throughout her career, spending the last ten years of her career working with families and dying patients in their homes. She found people in the throes of the dying process to be great teachers and decided to journal about each death.





2:00 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18  at Grand Marketplace - 1005 S.E. Grand Portland, OR 97217. (This is just south of the Morrison Bridge on the east.) Hear Sharon share from her newly published book, Whose Death is it Anyway, a Hospice Nurse Remembers, a collection of stories based on her 40 years of nursing and 10 years of hospice experiences.

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