L.J. Matarese weaves faith into fiction

One Thanksgiving morning, more than a decade ago, L.J. Matarese woke up with a sentence in her head:

“Goodbye, mom and dad. I’ll miss you.”Author picture

That sentence later became the first sentence of the first draft of Matarese’s manuscript for her contemporary Christian romance novel, “Scene 38, Take 3.”

Many years and many drafts later, the 26-year-old author from Yoe has a completed book.
The story follows young Laura Johnson, an aspiring actress who leaves her parents’ home to pursue her dreams. When Laura gets to Hollywood, she has a meeting with a director scheduled. However, Laura has a knack for being late, and the director assigns Laura’s role to another actress. Not knowing what to do, Laura ducks inside a cafe and meets Rob Lancing, a movie director who almost immediately casts Laura in his movie. Rob and Laura hit it off and become close friends, sharing in their Christian faith. The pair flirt with the idea of becoming an exclusive couple.
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Arthur Hufnagel Public Library hosting two events April 26

The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, is hosting two events April 26.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the library will host a perennial and seed exchange for anyone interested in sharing plants.

A rain-or-shine event, the seed exchange is an opportunity for people to trade with other local gardeners and create new looks in their own gardens at no cost. No registration is required, but attendees are asked to include plant names and instructions for care for any plants or seeds they intend to swap. Items will be sold for $5 each to anyone who does not have items to trade.

Beginning 11 a.m., the library will host therapy dog sessions to assist young readers.

Children will enjoy an enhanced reading experience with Shep, a two-year-old Great Pyrenees, and Ziva Marie, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The event is free, but registration is requested so that 15-minute slots can be scheduled for individual reading time with the therapy dogs. Limited space and time slots are available.

To register for the therapy dog reading event, or for more information about either event, contact the library at 717-235-1127.

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Camp Hill author publishes mystery novel, will sign books at Recycled Reader April 26

creekside_nonemakerKeith A. Nonemaker of Camp Hill has published “Redemption at Creekside,” a mystery novel and the author’s first book, and will sign copies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Recycled Reader, 1212 E. Market St., York.

The novel is set in the fictitious town of Creekside, and is part mystery, part love story and part Christian allegory.

“It conveys an important Christian truth without being preachy,” Nonemaker said in a press release. “Faith will always be tested.”

For more information, visit the “Redemption at Creekside” Facebook page or contact the author at CreeksideStories@aol.com. Continue reading “Camp Hill author publishes mystery novel, will sign books at Recycled Reader April 26” »

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Book Review: ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter

I read seasonally.  In the summer, I tend to love books that make me laugh out loud, love stories with sappy endings, and memoirs that show hopefulness in the face of hopelessness.  In the winter I read heavy books that stimulate my thinking.  I love to curl up on my couch under a blanket and read with my highlighter in hand as I learn new subjects and look out the window and see the snow knowing that I have no where to go.  In the winter I also love to read historical fiction rife with tragedy and triumph, but dark endings don’t bother me when the sky looms gray every day.  During spring I crave transition books that can take me from the cold winds to warm breezy afternoons. When I saw the sunny Italian coastline on the cover of “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walters, I reached for it knowing it was time to make the transition from my dark, heavy winter books to more springy sweetness. Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter” »

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YDR’s Mike Argento writes about York Emporium’s Jim Lewin’s resilience after health scares

Mike Argento’s column for Monday’s paper is about York Emporium’s Jim Lewin and his January heart attack — the third for the nearly 60-year-old shop owner.

Read Mike’s column about the resilience and community support given to a beloved local book store owner.

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Year of the Book CEO named 2014 Woman of Influence

Year of the Book CEO and founder Demi Stevens has been named a recipient of the 2014 Women of Influence award.

According to a press release, Dr. Stevens is being honored “for her leadership and achievement through Paul Smith Library and Year of the Book publishing house, as well as her contributions to the community.”

Stevens will be recognized for her award at a June 16 event at the Hilton Harrisburg, and in a story to be published in the Central Penn Business Journal on June 20.

Stevens recently served as Smith Library’s director and is a former board member for Southern York County Business Association. She holds degrees from West Virginia University, Capital University, Northwestern University and Ohio State University. She lives in Glen Rock with her husband and son.

For more information on the Women of Influence awards or the June 16 luncheon, visit www.CPBJ.com/events or contact Nicole Morgan at Nicole@cpbj or 717-236-4300.

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On the Shelves: What do York Libraries mean to you?

During this week’s National Library Week Celebration, community members are encouraged to share their library stories in a contest hosted by the American Library Association.  The speech bubbles are available at all locations for residents to stop by and snap their own photo story.   Pictured, from left to right, are: Sr. Library Assistant Ivette Lorenzo, Facilities Manager Zach Zimmerman, Sr. Library Assistant Jenae Green, Executive Assistant Kim Klinedinst, and Facilities Coordinator Jose´ Ramos.  The contest begins Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through Friday at Noon.   Official rules are online at www.yorklbraries.org and at York County Libraries.  Submitted photo.

During this week’s National Library Week Celebration, community members are encouraged to share their library stories in a contest hosted by the American Library Association. The speech bubbles are available at all locations for residents to stop by and snap their own photo story. Pictured, from left to right, are: Sr. Library Assistant Ivette Lorenzo, Facilities Manager Zach Zimmerman, Sr. Library Assistant Jenae Green, Executive Assistant Kim Klinedinst, and Facilities Coordinator Jose´ Ramos. The contest begins Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through Friday at Noon. Official rules are online at www.yorklbraries.org and at York County Libraries. Submitted photo.

by Deb Sullivan, community relations coordinator for York County Libraries

“Lives change @ your library” is this year’s theme for National Library Week (NLW) which runs today through Saturday.

As part of the annual celebration, the American Library Association is inviting library users from across the country to share their library stories.

Each person who shares his or her story will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. There will be one grand prize winner. We have over 209,000 library cardholders, which is about half of our county’s population, so I am thinking we have a good chance of having a York Countian win. Continue reading “On the Shelves: What do York Libraries mean to you?” »

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Dillsburg Area Public Library to host discussion on Cheryl Strayed memoir April 29

Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" is available on Amazon.com.

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild” is available on Amazon.com.

“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” a memoir by Cambria County, Pa., native Cheryl Strayed, is the topic of a book talk to be held 7 p.m. April 29 at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dilsburg.

According to a press release, “Wild” tells the story of the author’s 1100-mile solo hike, and “the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead on a difficult hike that changes her life.”

For details or to register, call the library at 717-432-5613 or visit www.yorklibraries.org/dillsburg.

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BAM best-sellers for week ending April 6

Best-sellers as reported by Books-A-Million in Springettsbury Township for the week ended April 6.

1.       “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth

2.       “Fault in Our Stars,” by  John Green

3.       “Doctor’s Diet,” by Travis Stork

4.      ”Insurgent,” by Veronica Roth

5.      ”Allegiant,” by Veronica Roth

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Pretty Deadly’

downloadI’m not sure how to begin describing the opening scenes of the comic “Pretty Deadly” because so much happens to set up the story in the first few pages.

Where I will start is when we meet the girl in the vulture cloak, called Sissy later in the comic. She and an older man, called Foxy, begin weaving a tale for a crowd, of how a beautiful woman was married and her husband became jealous, locking her in a tower. Death came to her but fell in love, and in the end, they made a child.

The tale ends with “If you done been wronged, say her name, sing this song, sound the bell’s knell that calls her from hell; Ginny rides for you on the wind, my child; death rides on the wind!”

Then, we see a red-haired man come up to Sissy and say some things to her, setting the action in the tale into motion. But then another character steps into the story: Big Alice, who seems to be after the ginger named John. After a bit of a fight (well, not really; she shot him) and Alice sees the black vulture feather, John tell her, “Shoot me again if you’re gonna. Don’t matter now, Alice … See? You’re too late.”

Maybe it was the paper that Sissy stole off of him, leaving a magical trail behind that will lead revenge right to her doorstep. The rest of the comic has Sissy and Foxy fleeing for their lives, as Big Alice, or maybe death, following closely behind.

Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick jam-packed her first issue of “Pretty Deadly” with a lot of characters and storylines, but the story flows at a soft, slow pace. This combination of horror and western is very popular right now in the comic realm, and DeConnick jumped on that opportunity.

The art by Emma Rios is dark and descriptive, though sometimes I can’t understand what is going on in a panel. I think Rios might have a hard time with action sequences, but this is only the first issue and her work might be better in the following issues.

I really think these creators have a good story to tell, and the first issue entices readers to continue onto another issue.


Comic Book Wednesday is a new feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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