Stanton FriedmanStanton Friedman
Paul ChappellPaul Chappell
Anna Lee HuberAnna Lee Huber
Tara BettsTara Betts

Join us for the 33rd season of Writing Out Loud, featuring readings and discussion with renowned authors. Programs begin at 7:30 pm. The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following each program. All programs are free and open to the public. This year’s featured authors are:

Stanton Friedman
Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PM

flying saucers and science book coverNuclear physicist-lecturer Stanton Friedman is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-wrote Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident. TOP SECRET/MAJIC, his controversial book about the Majestic 12 group, allegedly established in 1947 to deal with alien technology, was published in 1996 and went through six printings. An expanded new edition was published in 2005. He is the co-author with Kathleen Marden (Betty Hill’s niece) of a 2007 book, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. Flying Saucers and Science was published in June 2008 and is in its third printing. Science was Wrong, co-written with Marden, was released in June 2010.

Friedman received degrees in physics from the University of Chicago and was employed as a nuclear physicist by companies such as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics and McDonnell Douglas. He became interested in UFOs in 1958 and since 1967 has lectured about them at more than 600 colleges and 100 professional groups. He has published more than 90 UFO papers and appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including Larry King Live and many documentaries.

Paul Chappell
Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM

Will War Ever End book coverPaul Chappell is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living and our shared humanity. The first six published books in the series are Will War Ever End?The End of WarPeaceful RevolutionThe Art of Waging PeaceThe Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace.

Chappell is an international peace educator who serves as the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s peace leadership director. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq and left active duty as a captain.

Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on peace leadership and peace literacy. Chappell grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. And, having grown up in a violent household, Chappell has forged a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose and hope.

Anna Lee Huber
Saturday, October 14, 7:30 PM

A Pressing Engagement book coverAnna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Jacobite’s Watch. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology.

Anna is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She serves as co-leader of the Historical Novel Society-Great Lakes Chapter, as well as on the Board for the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, young daughter, and a troublemaking tabby cat named Pita. When not hard at work on her next novel, she enjoys reading, singing, travel, and spending time with her family.

Tara Betts
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 PM

Break the Habit book coverAn author and professor, Dr. Tara Betts wrote Break the Habit (2016) and Arc & Hue (2009). Her chapbooks include 7×7: kwansabas (2015) and The GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali (2013). She is also an editor for The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017).

Tara began as an influential educator in Chicago. Tara co-founded GirlSpeak, a weekly writing/leadership workshop for young women. She has also conducted short-term workshops in schools, community centers, Ms. Foundation, City Girls (a substance abuse rehabilitation center for teen girls), Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Cooper Union, Dodge Foundation’s Poets-In-The-Schools program, London’s Roundhouse and the Binghamton Poetry Project.

Tara Betts appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and in the Black Family Channel series Spoken with Jessica Care Moore. She has also been one of the writers/performers in girlstory-an intergenerational, multicultural women’s performance collective. After winning Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam as part of the first two Mental Graffiti slam teams. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at New England College and a Ph.D. in English at Binghamton University.

Programs are supported with funds by the Patrons of Writing Out Loud, Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library, with Book Warehouse at Lighthouse Place-Premium Outlets providing books for sale for each event.