Mike O’Brien’s induction into Writers Hall of Fame

Hi everyone,

This coming Saturday evening (April 8), Missouri Writers Hall of Fame is inducting longtime Springfield News-Leader journalist and professor of journalism Mike O’Brien. The induction event will take place at Highland Springs Country Club, Springfield, Missouri. Silent auction and cocktails, 6:00 – 7:00; dinner and ceremony to follow. Net proceeds go into the Student Scholarship Fund to benefit high school seniors enrolling in college to study writing.

To help raise money for the scholarship fund, I’ve donated three items.
• A feature on my blog. This will go to the high bidder who can use it personally or give it to someone else as a gift. Valued at $150.
• Three of my books – NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T; COWBOYS; and PIRATES. I’ll autograph the books at the banquet or mail them to an out-of-town high bidder. Valued at $55.85.
• Lunch with me. I’ll take the high bidder for this one to lunch and answer questions about writing. I’ll read up to three pages of the bidder’s work and do my best to critique and advise. Valued at $150.

If any of these opportunities interests you but you won’t be there in person, please e-mail your bid(s) to Kim Piddington ( kap@cebridge.net ) or call her at (417) 581-7660 no later than this Friday, April 7, at 12:00 noon CST.

This is a silent auction so your name and bid will be printed on the bid sheet(s) before the guests arrive. The highest bids win and you won’t have another chance.

Thank you for any donation you might decide to give. There aren’t a lot of agencies that reach out to encourage and support young writers of the future. We’ve had some wonderful success stories but we always want more.

2015 inductees into Missouri Writers Hall of Fame

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I mentioned what a pleasure it was to interview Randle Chowning and Larry Lee for a video to be aired by Writers Hall of Fame as part of the build up to their induction this year. Board president Kim Flores just released this press notice.

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2015
Contact: Kim Flores, Writers Hall of Fame President, 417-616-0708/417-655-3557

Veteran songwriters, Randle Chowning and Larry Lee to receive the 2015 Quill Award on March 14
The public is invited to a gala dinner Saturday, March 14, at the Tower Club in Springfield when Writers Hall of Fame honors inductees Randle Chowning and Larry Lee, songwriters and founding members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, with the annual Quill Award.
The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Tower Club, 901 St. Louis St. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation of the Quill Award. The evening will conclude with a live auction. Proceeds from the auctions fund Writers Hall of Fame college scholarships for high school seniors.
Tickets to the dinner gala are $35 per person and can be reserved by calling Kathy McQueen at 417-368-1231, or order tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.quillawards2015.bpt.me. Reservations requested by March 7. The Writers Hall of Fame can accept only check or cash for auction items.
Chowning and Lee had commercial success with Ozark Mountain Daredevils and individually as Nashville songwriters. Their most recent collaboration is the band Beyond Reach.
The Writers Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization that encourages writers of all ages. Proceeds from various events fund college scholarships for talented high school seniors and recognizes students in grades 5 through 12 for their writing skills.
To fulfill its mission, the volunteer board of directors each year selects a Missouri professional writer to receive the Quill Award for making significant contributions to the written word. Past Quill Award recipients include young adult authors Sandy Asher and Kate Klise; producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason; children’s author and poet David Harrison, songwriter Johnny Mullins and novelists Daniel Woodrell and Ridley Pearson.

It’s this Saturday, December 6

Hi everyone,

A reminder of a fund raising book signing this Saturday to support scholarship efforts by Writers Hall of Fame for graduating high school students who want to pursue their interest in writing. Be there to help if you can. Thanks in advance.

When Cows Come Home

You’re Invited!

Book Signing Party

Saturday December 6, 2014
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
1715 S. Campbell Avenue
Springfield, Missouri
(417) 869-1513

A free event that benefits
Writers Hall of Fame
A local group of volunteers who give college scholarships
to area high school seniors.

Other authors scheduled to sign and sell their books include:

Alan E. Bailey – Dolores: The Alexander Saga
Mary Elizabeth Bradley –A Doctor’s Daughter

Anne Cox – I Am a Yogi
Jeanne Christakos Duffey – Cook Like a Greek!
Gayle Harper – Roadtrip with a Raindrop
Todd Parnell – Mom at War, Postcards from Branson, The Buffalo, Ben and Me
Dr. Nancy O’Reilly -Leading Women
Anita Roberts–Springfield 1830-1930, Branson
David Harrison — When Cows Come Home, Pirates, bugs
Sherry J. Cook and Terri Johnson, Missouri State University professors, have created the Quirkles Exploring Phonics through Science, 26 books and a digital series, to help children develop a love and appreciation of science and literacy.

Chowning and Lee to be inducted into Writers Hall of Fame

Hi everyone,

On Wednesday I met at Midtown Library in Springfield with Randle Chowning Randle_Chowning-_2014-01-26_22-13and Larry Lee to interview them for a 45-minute video. Larry LeeKim Flores, president of Writers Hall of Fame, facilitated the meeting and Cina Canada took care of lights and recording and will now edit the result.

Chowning and Lee are the 2015 Writers Hall of Fame honorees and will be inducted at the Quill Award ceremony on March 14. They are only the second double winners in our history and the first musicians to be inducted. Both men grew up playing in bands, often their own, and formed the Ozark Mountain Daredevils when in their twenties. They are popular, successful, and widely known for their songs and musicianship.
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“If You Wanna Get to Heaven,” written by Steve Cash and John Dillon, was produced in 1973 and hit the top 30 chart. Randle was involved in the creation of the song and played lead guitar and sang the lead vocal.

Two years later Lee wrote “Jackie Blue,” which soared to #3. Both musicians eventually migrated to Nashville where they worked solo and with a number of established groups for more than ten years before returning to the Springfield area.

Larry and Randle are articulate and humble about their successes and fans will love what they had to say during our interview. It was my privilege to meet them in the Midtown studio and I look forward to sharing the results with as wide an audience as possible.

For more information, here are a couple of links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randle_Chowning, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ozark_Mountain_Daredevils, and http://www.ozarkdaredevils.com/larry.html

Book signing announcement

Hi everyone,

A book signing is set for Saturday, December 9 to raise money for Writers Hall of Fame scholarship fund. Here’s the information for anyone who is close by and would like to attend.

November 25, 2014
Writers Hall of Fame NEWS RELEASE
From Jeanne Duffey, j-duffey@sbcglobal.net
For more information, contact Nancy Brown Dornan at 417.869.1513 or nbrown715@aol.com

A Holiday Book Signing Party, featuring ten authors who’ve published books on a variety of subjects, will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Maschino’s, 1715 S. Campbell Ave.
The free event will benefit the Writers Hall of Fame, a local group of volunteers who promote writers and writing and present college scholarships to area high school seniors. The group will also wrap book purchases at the event, and cider and cookies will be served.

Authors scheduled to appear at the event include:
• Alan E. Bailey—Delores: The Alexander Saga, the third and final in a series based on a true story about a family adjusting to a new post-World War II order, set in Springfield, Texas and California.
• Mary Elizabeth Bradley: A Doctor’s Daughter: Growing Up at a State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, a memoir by a Branson resident and music instructor at College of the Ozarks.
Sherry J. Cook and Terri Johnson—the Quirkles: Exploring Phonics through Science, 26 books and a digital series to help children develop a love and appreciation of science and literacy created by Missouri State University professors.

Anne Cox: I Am A Yogi: My First Book of Yoga for children under eight years old by an accomplished artist and illustrator who is passionate about the positive benefits of yoga.
Jeanne Christakos Duffey: Cook Like a Greek! Traditional Family Recipes Made Modern for the Greek in All of Us from a second-generation Greek-American.
Gayle Harper: Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River, nearly 200 full-color photographs and stories about her travels from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
David Harrison: nationally acclaimed author of 80 children’s and educational books that have sold more than 15 million copies, including bugs, Pirates and When Cows Come Home.
• Todd Parnell: a former banker and college president writes about his family in The Buffalo, Ben and Me, Postcards From Branson and Mom At War.
Dr. Nancy O’Reilly: Leading Women: 20 Successful Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business and Life by a clinical psychologist, philanthropist and founder of WomenSpeak.com.
Anita Roberts: Branson. Originally home to the Osage, this town, known in 1939 as the Paradise of the Ozarks and now as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World.