October 13, 2008

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Holtwood freelance writer Gloria Sananes Stein had heard enough confessions: the abused and the abusers telling their sordid stories. She decided to profile 21 people who fit a seemingly rarer category: regular folks who became a force for good. "Leaving Fingerprints" shows how their touch healed, comforted or lifted up others.

Those featured in 142 pages with photographic portraits, many taken by husband Arnold Stein, come from many places and professions. County residents will be particularly interested in the chapters "Renee Valentine: Milagro House - From Dope to Hope" and "Mary Adams Smith and Gary Smith: A Life in the Theater."

The author will sign her book, priced at $19.99 for paperback and $29.99 for hardcover, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1700-H Fruitville Pike, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Borders Book Shop, 940 Plaza Blvd.

For more information, log on to www.xlibris.com/ Leavingfingerprints.

Authors Mark Nesbitt and Patty Wilson will sign "The Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghost Stories" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at B&N.The Stackpole Books hardcover, priced at $24.95, includes tales from the Fulton Opera House and Chickies Rock.

For those who like their horror stories grounded in the material world, Patricia Martinelli will be at B&N at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to sign "True Crime: Pennsylvania." The Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting is included in the $10.95 paperback from Stackpole Books.

Stress can be scary too, especially for kids recently returned to school. Local psychologist Jane Weierbach will sign her self-help book for children and families, "Mind Over Basketball: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at B&N.

Author and Huffingtonpost.com political blogger Rebecca Curtis will read from and sign her book of short stories, "Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Steinman Theatre at Lancaster Country Day School. The event is free to the public.

Curtis' book was named a Notable Book of 2007 by both The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Manheim Township Public Library will hold its first Autumn Book Sale Oct. 16-18 at the Manheim Township Municipal Building, 1840 Municipal Drive.

Admission is $5 from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, but free 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Most paperbacks are 50 cents; most hardcovers, $1, with many offered at half-price Saturday.

For more information, call the library, 560-6441. To volunteer, call Mary Jo Schimaneck, 569-2269.

Lancaster Christian Writers will meet 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Road, Lititz. Journalist Wendy Komancheck will lead a "Random Thoughts on Writing." workshop, and Byron Smith will chair a poetry critique group.

"The Good, the Bad and the Average: Writing and Publishing Family Histories" is set for 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Lancaster County Historical Society led by David R. Smucker. The class is for those who wish to communicate family research to a wider audience and covers organization, narrative style, context, format and self- publishing. Cost for members is $20; nonmembers, $25. Call 392-4633 to register.

The National Toy Train Museum, Strasburg, will host a book signing noon- 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, during an open house featuring authors Robert J. Osterhoff and John W. Schmid.

Osterhoff wrote "Inside the Lionel Trains Fun Factory: The History of a Manufacturing Icon and the Place Where Childhood Dreams Were Made." The book, filled with photos, tells the history of Lionel's trains, factories, employees and business practices from the late 19th century until today. Hardcovers and limited editions are at $34.95 and $69.95, respectively.

Schmid's "The Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Promotional Outfits 1960-1969," features "uncatalogued train sets" Lionel created for retailers such as Sears and Quaker Oats. Paperbacks, hardcovers and limited editions are $69.95, $89.95 and $150, respectively.

Writers of the 1950s Beat Generation, like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, will be celebrated on Beat Night, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Franklin & Marshall College.

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