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Wednesday, August 6th: Meet the Authors from 6pm-8pm

Meet The Authors: an interactive evening with a panel discussion featuring Pittsburgh authors Marylu Zuk, Anne Howley, Lillie Leonardi, Jill Ciciarelli, Arden Hamer and Beth Caldwell.

Join us at Barnes and Noble Booksellers Settlers Ridge, 800 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh, 15205

Have you been thinking about writing a book of your own?  Would you enjoy meeting and talking with local authors? Do you want to learn more about the publishing process and what it takes to become an author?  Join us on Wednesday, August 6th from 6-8pm and meet our panel of locally published authors. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP using this form so that we can plan accordingly.

Marylu Zuk Pittsburgh Professional Women

Marylu Zuk


Marylu Zuk is the author of Whose A&& Is That, a storybook for women promoting positive self-image.

An avid people watcher and eternal optimist, Marylu Zuk resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Her writing style echoes the lyrical rhyme of Dr. Seuss and the humor of Erma Bombeck.

Zuk is a contributing author in the newly released ‘Inspire: Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence’. Her chapter, ‘How Can I Put This Nicely?’ addresses tackling tough topics in the workplace – with her characteristic tongue-in-cheek sass.



Lillie Leonardi

Lillie Leonardi 

Former law enforcement professional Lillie Leonardi has always lived with her feet planted in two separate worlds—the metaphysical and the physical. In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming takes readers on a dramatic journey of what happens when Leonardi’s two distinct realities intertwine. During her work at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and as a result of the fateful events of September 11th, 2001, recounting  her stirring personal account of the 12 days she spent acting as an FBI liaison carries readers into a world that combines the factual and logistical with the angelic and mystical. Readers walk with her through the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), experience the guilt and fear that grip her, and share in the remarkable transformation of her soul as she discovers that forgiveness—of self and others—can be the best remedy.



Ann K. Howley

Ann K. Howley


Ann K Howley is the author of the soon-to-be released book Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad. She is a Wonder Bread, middle-class girl, who has never thrown a punch, is cursed with a big bottom, and who celebrated a personal milestone when she finally got the nerve to call a crabby lady a b*tch. Her articles appear in publications nationwide, including skirt! Magazine, the LA Reader, Clever Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. She is also a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine. Ann lives in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania and is an avid runner, hiker and biker, although she doesn’t try to keep up with her uber-athletic husband. Actually, she doesn’t even try to keep up with her dog, who is about 90 in dog years.

Jill Ciciarelli

Jill Ciciarelli


Jill Ciciarelli is the author of Fermented: A Four-Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods.  The book is an essential  guide to the forgotten aspect of ancestral eating—fermentation. A centuries-old craft practiced by traditional cultures in all parts of the world, fermenting food is a creative and inexpensive way to enhance the nutritive properties of your favorite foods and to introduce exciting, new flavors into your weekly menus.



Dr. Arden Hamer

Dr. Arden Hamer

Dr. Arden B. Hamer is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Developmental Studies where she teaches critical reading, learning strategies, and freshmen experience programs.  Her book, First Semester Success: Learning Strategies and Motivation for Your First Semester (or Any Semester) of College, while written for college students, contains information that any learner can use to improve his or her success.  She also has co-authored two vocabulary textbooks, Basic College Vocabulary Strategies and Building College Vocabulary Strategies (both in 3rd editions) with Darlene Pabis, Westmoreland County Community College, published by Pearson Education.  Arden writes two blogs, and  In addition, she facilitates two book discussion groups, one in her community and one at her local library.   Both groups have been meeting monthly for over ten years.


Beth Caldwell

Beth Caldwell


Beth Caldwell is a popular author and business strategist who helps her clients succeed in life and business. She’s best known for her organization Pittsburgh Professional Women. In 2013 Beth became a contributing writer for the Pittsburgh Business Times, launched Leadership Academy for Women and released the book Smart Leadership: 12 Simple Strategies to Help You Shift from Ineffective Boss to Brilliant Leader.  Her other books include I Wish I’d Known THAT! Secrets to Success In Business,(2009), Inspired Entrepreneurs (2011),  EMPOWER: Women’s Stories of Breakthrough, Discovery and Triumph (2013) and INSPIRE: Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence (2014). 


Join us on Wednesday, August 6th from 6-8pm and meet our panel of locally published authors at Barnes and Noble Settlers Ridge. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP using this form so that we can plan accordingly.


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an Inspirational and motivational workshop with Beth Caldwell in celebration of her newest book INSPIRE. Registration includes the workshop, snacks and a copy of the book. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Metamorphosis Wellness Center in McMurray, PA

Learn more and register online now. Seating is limited.  Bring a friend!


Leadership Academy for Women

Next class begins Friday, September 5th

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