Upcoming Special Programs

Midday Music: A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger
Wednesday, May 3 at 12 pm
Celebrate Pete Seeger's birthday with a screening of a concert held in his honor at the Lincoln Center. Folk icon and civil rights activist Pete Seeger – who popularized songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “We Shall Overcome” – died at age 94 in 2014. The concert features commentary and performances by Judy Collins, Holly Near, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, and Peter Yarrow and more. A light lunch and birthday cake  provided.
Medicare Workshop
Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30 am
Learn about Medicare options, eligibility, coverage and enrollment. If you are newly eligible for Medicare or are turning 65 in the next twelve months, this is the perfect workshop for you.
Author Fest
Saturday, May 6 from 10 am - 2 pm
The Valley is filled with literary talent! Meet local authors who have published fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children's books. Their books will be available to purchase for signings.

Authors participating:

- Allison K Garcia, a Licensed Professional Counselor, has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil. She enjoys writing Christian fiction both in the Latino and children's realm. 
- Margaret Locke pens romances that makes you laugh, makes you cry, and makes you think. Because love matters. 
- Barbara Spilman Lawson was an elementary school teacher for many years and is now an author and storyteller. Barb writes and illustrates books for kids as well as Virginia SOL teacher resource books. 
- Betsy Ashton was born in Washington, D.C. but was raised in Southern California where she ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. She writes the Mad Max mystery series.
- Bryan Nowak has always been drawn to the world of the paranormal. A collection of ghost stories would forever shape what he felt suspenseful writing and drama should be. 
- Carolyn O'Neal is a local author and environmentalist. Her first novel, Kingsley, is an eco-thriller in the vein of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian MaddAddam series.  
- Chaz Weaver is the author of The Valley Baseball League: A History of Baseball in the Shenandoah Valley. It contains histories of all current and past teams, all-time league records, standings for every season, and more.
- Chris Cleary is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, in which many of his stories are set. Now teaching literature and writing in Virginia, he is the author of four novels. 
- Christine Maria Jahn is a Christian writer of inspirational early reader books for children. Her latest book includes a 60 day activity prayer journal for ages 7 through 9.
- Clifford Garstang is the author of What the Zhang Boys Know, winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction. He is also the author of a story collection and the editor of two anthologies of international short fiction.
- David Simms has written Dark Muse and several published short stories. When not writing, teaching, or counseling, he plays lead guitar in a band that promotes literacy in shows across the country. His next novel is a historical thriller about the horrors of Western State Asylum. 
- Diane Fanning is the Edgar-nominated author of ten mystery novels and fourteen true crime books.  She has appeared on the Today Show, 48 Hours, 20/20, Forensic Files, Snapped, the Biography Channel, Investigation Discovery, E! and the BBC.
- Elaine Grant has written for Berkley, Harlequin Superromance, and has published independently.  She writes romances, romantic thrillers, and paranormal books.
- Elizabeth Massie is a multi-award-winning author of horror/suspense novels, short fiction, media tie-ins, poetry, and spiritual nonfiction. A recent book is titled Night Benedictions (365 peaceful meditations on the night).
- J. Russ Briley combines a military background with thirty years in high tech to produce his real world characters and thrillers. He has authored One Man Two Votes and Two by Land Three by Sea thrillers.
- Judith Rocchiccioli (Judith Lucci) writes the Alexandra Destephano medical thriller series and the Michaela McPherson crime series. Lucci is a registered nurse and is a Professor Emeritus at James Madison University.
- Judy Light Ayyildiz is a Hollins writing graduate, workshop leader, internationally published author, Artemis editor, and has written eleven books in five genres.
- Laten Ervin Bechtel’s interest in local African American local history and genealogy has led to several publications. Her recently published book, In Their Words, Growing Up in Segregated Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia contains thirty interviews of local African Americans who grew up in the last days of segregation.   
- Leslie Truex (Jenna Harte) is a die-hard romantic, writing about characters who are passionate about and committed to each other, and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries.
- Linda H. Miller sought to enrich the experiences of students on field trips who came to the CrossRoads Heritage Center in Harrisonburg, where she volunteered. She began writing stories about children who may have lived in the CrossRoads community in the 1890's.
- Matthew Warner writes history, science fiction, and fantasy from Staunton. One of his latest books is Plan 9: Official Movie Novelization.  
- Phyllis A. Duncan is a retired bureaucrat and commercial pilot with an overactive imagination—at least that’s what everyone has told her since she first started making up stories in elementary school. Politics and history often work their way into her writing.
- Tamara Shoemaker authored an Amazon best-selling Christian mystery series. Her fantasy books include a couple trilogies. In her spare time, she freelances as an editor for other works of fiction.
- Taryn Bromser-Kloeden is dedicating her life to understanding and protecting animals, both human and nonhuman. This zeal for the outdoors combined with a lifelong love affair with fantasy and horror stories led her to create the YA dark fantasy series, The Fenearen Chronicles
- William R.D. Wood’s work has appeared in Nature magazine, the Chilling Horror Short Stories volume of the Gothic Fantasy series from Flame Tree Publishing, and the Lovecraft eZine.
- Edward Perry Neel is a professor and writer living in Staunton, Virginia.  His first work of fiction is The One-legged Barber, and Selected Short Stories.
- Joanna Bourne writes historical romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place - such passionate conviction and burning idealism ... and really sexy clothes.
- Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She wrote the best-selling and Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek mysteries. Several of the books in that series where short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. 
- Kay Pfaltz is a writer and bestselling author of Lauren’s Story: An American Dog in Paris, Flash’s Song, The Beagle, and Ricochet. Kay’s work has been published in English, German and French, and included in anthologies. 
- Patsy Asuncion of Charlottesville published Cut on the Bias in 2016, a poetry collection, depicting her world from the slant of a bi-racial child raised by an immigrant father and WWII vet. She’s featured in the New York Times, Prevention magazine, and more. 
- Shawnee Small is the bestselling author of Watcher and the Shining Ones series. She is currently working on the last installment in the Shining Ones saga and a brand new paranormal series.
- Stephanie Hunter lives in Scottsville and works at UVA in Alderman Library. She writes young adult novels with strong heroines. Her works include The Scary Mary series and Noble Academy.
- Makeba Robinson is a life-long reader and writer. As a child, she became inspired to become a published author when she met Peggy Parish, author of the Amelia Bedelia series. She writes children’s fiction. 
- Kelly Wilson (Caroline Brae), a former high school teacher of twenty-five years, she has since ventured on a ten-year creative and artistic odyssey in the performing arts. Little Grey Bird is her first poetic endeavor in a long journey to find her voice.
- Bob Quinn’s life experiences provide the frame work of the stories adorned with every manner of embellishment recalled from reading history. The familiar shines through as the characters traverse the past. His recent work is San Ernesto's Shadow.