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Hi there readers and fellow authors. I am Willie Tee and I send out newsletters from time to time to keep you informed of the progress I am making in the promotion of my book, The Winds of Destiny, 2nd Edition. I will mention in my newsletter book festivals, speaking engagements and book signings that I attended or will attend in the future. I also inform readers of other fellow authors that I have met and the titles of their books. Importantly, I want to encourage others to become authors, a dream come true, and to provide them guidance on how to become skillful authors.
Newsletter Dated: 10/25/2008 8:51:01 PM

Subject: Book Em Event, Waynesboro, Virginia

Reading literacy continues to be a major problem in this country. I was past President and now Vice President of Read Aloud Virginia (RAV). There is a link at my web page for RAV. I had a great time at the 5th Annual Book Em event on 18 October 2008. Please visit RAV and Book Em web pages on the Internet. You might find the following news story interesting. Since I teach sheltered English (English as a Second Language)to immigrant students at public schools, I am interested in using teaching strategies that will make our youths, who are American citizens, more literate or better readers.


Article by The News Leader: Sunday, 19 October 2008

Buzz up! WAYNESBORO Buy a book and stop a crook.

That's the slogan behind the now five - year - old Book 'Em, the brainchild of Waynesboro police officer Mark Kearney, a budding novelist himself and president of Book 'Em.

The organization held its fifth annual Book 'Em event Saturday at Kate Collins Middle School as nearly 60 authors, one from as far away as Scotland, set up shop, hawking and signing books during a meet - and - greet with the public in an effort designed to encourage children to read.

"It just increases the opportunities in life," Kearney said about getting children interested in reading.

Willie Tee, author of "The Winds of Destiny" and attending his fourth Book 'Em event, said teaching children the importance of reading lays the groundwork for better learning skills.

"If they're weak readers, they're not going to be able to keep up academically," said Tee, who is also the vice president of Read Aloud Virginia.

Tee said a lack of basic reading skills is behind a large percentage of high school dropouts. "Read to children at a young age, read to children when they are toddlers. It sets the foundation," he said.

Marshall Chase said reading wasn't his only motivation in bringing his daughter to Kate Collins on Saturday.

"It's a rare opportunity for kids to actually meet authors," he said. "I think it also encourages children to write. It shows them there are other possibilities."

Lauren Feinstein, Chase's niece, said her two sons "love to read. We just thought it'd be a really nice experience."

Sylvia Hester of Waynesboro browsed the book selections with her 11 - year - old daughter Briana Kelly, who clutched the book "Magic Bear" by AJ Rodriguez.

"Reading is always important," said Hester, who noted it helps expand the imagination and increases vocabulary.

Kearney, who earlier this year penned "Twisted Obsession," a psychological thriller about a police officer in a downward mental spiral after shooting a person in the line of duty, said he wants to see Book 'Em continue to expand.

"We're here to stay," he said. "It's just a matter of growing each year. We've always had a good turnout of authors. Our goal is to grow attendance."

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Bookemcop wrote:

Hey countrymom,

Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad your family enjoyed Book 'Em. Yes, please come back next year and bring friends along with you.

What authors did your children hear speak at their school? I got about 10 authors into a variety of schools.

Feel free to e - mail me through the Book 'Em site, www.bookemfounation.org if you want to be put on a mailing list for Book 'Em.

Mark Kearney aka the Book 'Em cop
10/22/2008 11:43:21 AM Hey countrymom,

Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad your family enjoyed Book 'Em. Yes, please come back next year and bring friends along with you.

What authors did your children hear speak at their school? I got about 10 authors into a variety of schools.

Feel free to e - mail me through the Book 'Em site, www.bookemfounation.org if you want to be put on a mailing list for Book 'Em.

Mark Kearney aka the Book 'Em cop Bookemcop
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