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AAUW offers free gift wrapping during Bookfair fundraiser and Olympic Gold Medalist’s book signing at Antioch Barnes & Noble Monday, Dec. 18

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

A percentage of your purchases will benefit the Delta Contra Costa American Association of University Women scholarships to LMC students and Tech Trek for middle school girls. Please download the form and use the voucher with your purchase. bnvoucherflyer2017

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Olympic Gold Medalist Eddie Hart to sign his book about tragedy and triumph at the ’72 games in Antioch, Dec. 18

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Eddie Hart with his new book entitled “Disqualified”.

Meet the two-time World Record-holder at Barnes & Noble

By Allen Payton

Having previously equaled the World Record, Martinez-born and Pittsburg-raised Eddie Hart was a strong favorite to win the 100-Meter Dash at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. The inexplicable happened, he was disqualified for arriving seconds after his quarterfinal heat. Ten years of training to become the “World’s Fastest Human.” The title attached to the Olympic 100-meter champion was lost in a heartbeat. How could this have possibly happened on athletics’ biggest stage, the Olympic Games?

Hart provides his story in a new book he’s written with the help of friend and former Oakland Tribune sports reporter, Dave Newhouse, entitled “Disqualified – Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of The Most Tragic Olympics.”

A Champion Since High School

Hart moved to Pittsburg when he was eight years old, and attended Village Elementary and Central Junior High. He graduated from Pittsburg High in 1967 where he lettered every year as a member of the track team, in the 100, 200 and long jump. He won “the conference in four events, including the 4×100 relay in 1966, then he repeated in the 100 and 200 in 1967,” Hart shared.

He then went on to attend Contra Costa College in San Pablo.

“That’s where I really blossomed,” Hart said.

It’s where he won the 100 and 200 at the junior college state meet in 1969.

Hart then transferred to U.C. Berkeley where he majored in Physical Education, because he wanted to be a track coach. In his first year, he won the 100-meter race at the PAC-8 championships and placed second in the 200.

Then at the NCAA national championships that year, Hart won the 100 and running anchor, helped his team win the 4×100 relay, as well.

One of his teammates, Isaac Curtis, who went on to play wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, came in second in that same 100-meter race, making it the only time in NCAA history that teammates from the same school placed first and second in the championship race.

“At the end of that year I made the U.S. national team and toured Europe for six weeks competing in various meets,” Hart shared. “We competed in France, in Russia and Oslo, and Sweden, also.”

Champion in the 5,000-meter Steve Prefontaine was on that same team.

“I knew Pre, well,” Hart said.

First Major Challenge

Then in 1971 he placed second in the 100 and third in the 200 at the NCAA Championships due to an injury earlier in the year, having missed half the season and not even competing in the conference championships.

First Comeback

Hart withdrew from school to train for the Olympics and became an assistant to the head track coach in 1972, at the same time. He entered open competition that year and during the meets Hart made the qualifying times in the 100. In fact, he missed the World Record by just 1/10th of a second running 10 flat at the West Coast Relays in Fresno.

Second Major Challenge

Three weeks before the Olympic trials Hart injured his right hamstring while running in the 200 at the U.S. Championships in Seattle. He couldn’t do any starts between that injury and his first race at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

“It was terrifying,” he said. “It was tough.”

Then at the trials, “It was a nightmare,” Hart said. “Each race, everyone was ahead of me.  I just kept pulling up.”

Asked if he was hesitant, he replied, “Oh, very much so. I was afraid I was going to reinjure myself.”

“You have to run four races,” Hart explained.  “A heat, a quarterfinal, a semi-final and then the final.”

Second Comeback

In the semifinal I was fourth and they only took four to the final. “I barely made it,” he stated.

“It was a wind-aided race and the first five guys ran a 9.9 in the 100 meters and the fifth-place guy didn’t even qualify,” Hart continued. “I was the fourth guy and I was scared to death, because from the finals they only took the top three.”

In the blocks at the starting line, he was still thinking about his leg, which was bothering him.

“This was all the marbles right here, there was nothing to save,” he shared.

“The gun went off and I was in a dream,” Hart explained. “I ran the best race of my life.”

Before or after, “Ever,” he said. “That was it.”

“I was an Olympian, an Olympic trials champion and the World Record holder at 9.9,” Hart stated proudly.

“It was legal, not wind-aided,” he added.

Hart had equaled the World Record in the 100-meter dash, which had been achieved by only two others before. It wasn’t broken until 1991 when Carl Lewis ran it in 9.86.

He also qualified for the Olympics as the anchor for the U.S. Men’s 4×100 relay team, which was made up of the four finalists in the 100-meter race.

From Triumph to Tragedy

About a month later he was with the U.S. Olympic Team in Boden, Maine for a few weeks to train in similar weather as Munich, Germany. They then competed in Oslo, Norway, France and Italy before arriving in the Olympic Village just a few days before the Opening Ceremony.

A few days later he ran and won his heat.

“It was easier to make it to the finals at the Olympic games than it was to make the finals at the Olympic trials,” Hart shared. “Of the top 10 to 15 sprinters in the world, the top 10 were in the  U.S. at that time.”

After all three U.S. sprinters had won their heats, the coach said “let’s go back to the Olympic Village and rest” Hart explained, “because there was so much time between races. But, that was his schedule.”

The Village was only about a mile or less away from the Olympic Stadium. But, the coach had the incorrect time for the start of the quarterfinals.

They rushed back to the stadium, but it was too late for Hart.  He had missed his race and was disqualified. Thus, the title of his book.

Tragedy Ends in Triumph

Hart’s Olympic story didn’t end there. The following week after the tragic murder of the 11 Israeli team members had halted the games for a day for the memorial, Hart once again ran anchor for the U.S. 4×100 relay team. They won that race in World Record time and he became an Olympic Gold Medalist and a World Record holder, once again. See video of Hart’s leg of the race here.

Returning to Pittsburg he was met with celebrations by the Mayor of Pittsburg and the city.

Hart returned to college to complete his degree, and became a paid assistant track coach at Cal Berkeley. He has since started his philanthropic efforts through his Eddie Hart All In One Foundation which holds an Olympian Track Education Clinic at Pittsburg High, each year.

Faith has been a big part of his life, all of his life. Hart has been a member of Stewart Memorial Methodist Church in Pittsburg since elementary school. He’s taught Sunday School for 35 years and for the past 20 years he’s taught the men’s class.

Asked if faith played a part in his Olympic journey, Hart responded, “In every aspect. I grew up in the church, it couldn’t have been any other way.”

“I never prayed to God for success in track,” he shared. “I asked God to give me strength in life to face the challenges as they come.”

“My prayer is that His will be done. God is interested in spiritual things, in our soul not our flesh,” Hart continued. “Ultimately at the end of the day whatever physical things we’ve accomplished here will be left here. It’s about our souls which are eternal. Our flesh is going to burn up. The Bible is clear.”

Asked if his story will become a movie, Hart said, “We’re working on it.”

But, he has to think about who will play the part of him, he shared with a laugh.

His book includes a foreword by Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West who has been a friend since high school, and whose brother Cliff was Hart’s roommate at Cal.

See Eddie Hart and get your copy of his book signed on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble book store in Antioch at 5709 Lone Tree Way.

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Antioch author shares autobiography on her struggle to overcome abuse during book signing

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Members of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce join author Rossolyn Turner (center) for her book signing on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Members of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce join author Rossolyn Turner (center) for her book signing on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

By Allen Payton

Antioch business owner and author, Rossolyn Turner held a book signing with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for her autobiography, entitled “I’ve Got Words for You: The abuse that killed me, and the words that brought me back to life.”

I've Got Words For You - Turner bookThe introduction to her book offers readers a hint of what to expect, as you will find out why Turner accepted abuse and molestation for years and how she finally found the courage and strength to deal with her past.

The description on Amazon.com reads: “Find out what she did to save her life and turned depression into love and success by starting her very own company. This book is perfect for junior high school age and up. Anyone who has experienced any abuse in their life will appreciate this book and will realize they are not alone.”

Turner also owns Playback Communications which provides captioning services and sign interpreting for clients with various disabilities. She shared a few thoughts during her book signing.

“Anyone can overcome abuse and become anything you want in life. It just depends on how bad you want it,” said Turner.  “I have heard from many who said they had decided to throw in the towel and after reading this book they began to fight harder to follow their dreams.  I knew then I accomplished my purpose for writing the book.”

“Once you begin reading it, you won’t want to put it down,” she added.

Purchase your copy of Turner’s book on Amazon by clicking here. She can be contacted for speaking engagements at (951) 496-8618,

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Antioch author at Barnes & Noble, Saturday for signing of Disneyland book

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Joshua Shaffer eating lunch at the secretive Club 33 at Disneyland in October, 2012.

Joshua Shaffer eating lunch at the secretive Club 33 at Disneyland in October, 2012. photo from his Facebook page

Antioch resident Joshua Shaffer, author of Discovering The Magic Kingdom: An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide, will be at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Lone Tree Way in Antioch for a book signing, on Saturday evening, August 20th. His Disneyland book is packed full of nearly 1,000 fun facts, trivia, history, Hidden Mickeys, money saving advice, and so much more.

The first-time published author, Shaffer, has spent his adult life frequenting Disneyland. One year while on a Disney vacation, it struck him that he should write an all inclusive book compiling every bit of information into one vacation guide that cannot be found anywhere else. It started with that simple notion and has evolved into this final work.

Joshua became fascinated with everything he learned about the park. He set out to put together a book to share with everyone the intricate details of The Happiest Place On Earth. For researching, he frequented Disneyland, read many books, interviewed Cast Members, watched interviews, read blogs, and surfed the internet for four and a half years to make sure his book had more information available inside it than any other of its kind.

As a hobby he spends much of his spare time researching and investigating to find out the facts not just the rumors on a variety of topics. Joshua has been a cartoonist and artist since the age of ten. He currently works as an Animal Center Technician with Contra Costa Animal Services.

Book cover

Book cover

Since his book’s release, he has been to many book signings, was interviewed on 95.3 KUIC, Living The Dream Podcast, Magical Day Radio, and The Sweep Spot. Recently he was interviewed for a documentary DVD about the Disneyland secrets for the film company Theme Parkology.

“People who have read the book love learning all the fun facts about Disneyland and its history,” Shaffer said.

As one reviewer states; “This is very thorough, well researched book on Disneyland. As Ed MacMahon would say to Johnny Carson, ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about Disneyland is in this book.’ If you love Disneyland, you will love this book. Well done!” – George M., San Diego, CA.

Joshua Shaffer will be at Barnes & Noble, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, on Saturday August 20, 2016, at 6:00 pm.

You can follow him on social media at www.facebook.com/DiscoveringTheMagicKingdom and www.instagram.com/disneyguides. If you can’t attend Saturday’s book signing, you can order an autographed copy of his book at www.discoveringthemagickingdom.com.

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Antioch mother and daughter co-authors to hold book signing at Barnes & Noble, April 20

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Book cover for "Ava Goes to the Zoo."

Book cover for “Ava Goes to the Zoo.”

By Allen Payton

Antioch residents and co-authors Alicia Coleman-Clark and her daughter Ava J. Clark will sign their three books, “Ava Goes to the Dentist,” “ Ava Goes to the Zoo” and “Ava Goes to the Beach With Friends” at Barnes and Noble in Antioch, on Thursday, April 20th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Ava Goes to the Beach with Friends CoverAva is a nine-year-old, little girl who has autism. Released last year, “Ava Goes to the Dentist” was her first book on her personal experience. They have since released their second and third books. Autism impacts Ava’s daily life in ways that at times are unimaginable.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit Anova, a school for children with autism and behavioral needs, and which Ava attends.

Alicia and Ava hope that their books and enclosed resources will support other families in their journey. This is an awesome way to wrap up Autism Awareness Month.

Alicia and Ava are proud to share their books with everyone at Barnes and Noble.

“Ava Goes to the Dentist” is a social story from a child’s point of view. Ava was diagnosed with autism at the age of two-and-a-half. The book is the first of a series of books Alicia and Ava have planned, on various outings through the eyes of a child with autism.

Alicia’s philosophy for a life well lived is, to be present in every relationship, live with compassion and practice humility.

Barnes & Noble is located at 5709 Lone Tree Way.

 

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Antioch mother-daughter author team to hold book signing and fundraiser at Barnes and Noble, Thursday night

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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Sales of “Ava Goes to the Dentist” to benefit Carmen Dragon Elementary School

Antioch residents and authors Alicia Coleman-Clark and her daughter Ava J. Clark will sign their new book, “Ava Goes to the Dentist” at Barnes and Noble, locatd at 5709 LoneTree Way on Thursday, April 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Goodie bags will be given to the first 50 people.

Ava is an eight-year-old, little girl who has autism. This is her first book on her personal experience. Autism impacts her daily life in ways that at times are unimaginable. Alicia and Ava hope that this book and enclosed resources will support other families in their journey. This is an awesome way to wrap up Autism Awareness Month.

Alicia and Ava are proud to share this book with everyone at Barnes and Noble for the first time. The “Ava Goes to the Dentist” book signing will also be a fundraiser for Ava’s school, Carmen Dragon Elementary in Antioch. Also, a portion of Alicia’s royalties are going toward the UC Davis MIND Institute and Stanford University for their continued research in autism.

When you use the ticket #11601267 at checkout, a portion of the proceeds go to Carmen Dragon Elementary School. This number can also be used at the check out on the Barnes and Noble website for online purchases from Thursday, April 30th through Tuesday, May 5th.

Ava Goes to the Dentist” is a social story from a child’s point of view. Ava was diagnosed with autism at the age of two-and-a-half. The book is the first of a series of books Alicia and Ava have planned, on various outings through the eyes of a child with autism.

Alicia’s philosophy for a life well lived is, to be present in every relationship, live with compassion and practice humility.

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Local author, business owner, releases book to help non-profits

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Carleton Booker's book frontCarleton Booker, owner of East County-based 911 MYNONPROFIT, announced recently that they have successfully released a book to help non-profit organizations, entitled Things You Need To Know About Non-Profit – Making Sense of Non-Profit Status. It’s available now on Amazon and Kindle.

Many people want to serve the community and some of them want to start a non-profit to fulfill their dreams. However, all the paperwork required by the government can be annoying. Plus, people need to know it’s a business and how to run a non-profit like a real business. So, he’s written the book and provides a free ebook report on thecompany’s website www.911mynonprofit.com, plus 50 fund raising ideas, articles and much more.

Booker formed the company to help other non-profit organizations and charities find their way through the IRS application and incorporation process to obtain tax-exempt charity status.

They help their clients with the tedious necessities, and those whose non-profit that has been revoked by the IRS. 911 MYNONPROFIT takes customer satisfaction seriously and their ultimate goal is to earn the trust of their valued customers through consistently exceptional service.

The company is composed of experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have the ability to process more than five to ten applications a week. Their service associates know what works with the IRS. They know the way to fill in the correct details and submit the application properly, to guarantee IRS acceptance.

For those who want to file their application and incorporation for tax-exempt status, 911 MYNONPROFIT is the best choice to rely on, with a proven, 100 percent success rate. They have streamlined the application process to offer affordable, high quality and fast service to all f their customers.

They completely understand that any organization has unique issues and needs that must be immediately addressed accurately and 911 MYNONPROFIT guarantees clients prompt, personal service to ensure their IRS applications are filed successfully.

To learn more, pleasevisitwww.911mynonprofit.com. For inquiries, please contact Carleton Booker at 1-877-865-4445 or email info@911mynonprofit.com.

Carleton Booker

Carleton Booker

About Carleton Booker

Known across America for his passion and real world techniques, Carleton has earned the nick name “Business Intervention Specialist,” as an out-of-the-box thinker, and an independent, sounding board when you want to bring structure and clarity to your business andorganization.

He can help you identify core issues and make the complex simple, and will hold the space for you to create your own solutions.

In addition, as a professional speaker, branding and online marketing expert, and personal development coach, he captivates audiences with his energy, humor, and straight-forward style of motivation. Carleton’s expertise encompasses helping business leaders churches, nonprofits and entrepreneurs create powerful brands and teach them how to market their brand in a crowded marketplace.

As a cutting-edge entrepreneur and marketing guru, Booker doesn’t just talk business, he lives it. He has 20 years experience as a CEO and President of multiple businesses and is now owner of 911 MYNONPROFIT.

Carleton is the author of two other books, including Corporate Credit Makeover, to help business owners establish corporate credit, maintain financial relationships throughout the life of their business, and how to get $50,000 of credit for their business; and Increase Profits Through Incentive Marketing, which includes tips, tactics, techniques and strategies for growing a business through travel incentives, even in the toughest of economies.

Booker believes that we all have a God-given purpose which can be found in our dreams. His motto is A goal is a dream with a deadline.

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In part two of series, Antioch author Dr. Glenn Willis asks “Dear America, Where Do We Go From Here?”

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Dear America book 2Picking up up where “Dear America, Do You Hear What I Hear?” left off, Glenn Willis, Ed.D., has dedicated his new book to all the middle class citizens who still yearn for the mythical American dream and believe that change is possible. “Dear America, Where Do We Go From Here?” is available now on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Nobles (Nook books).

An adjunct professor and disabled veteran, Dr. Willis has organized his latest book as a selection of heartfelt, impassioned letters concerning a myriad of current events and social issues. Yet rather than standing on a soapbox and pronouncing an agenda, he offers questions and propositions that should give every reader pause, regardless of his or her political orientation.

“America is the color of the rainbow,” remarked Dr. Willis. “We’re a nation of many cultures and histories, though many of our representatives have developed the worst kind of tunnel vision. Today, Congress protects the interests of the few and turns a deaf ear to the voice of the many. Both parties play this game, and it’s ordinary Americans who are losing every day.”

While the entire middle class has borne the weight of government inaction or cronyism, military veterans have faced perhaps the toughest struggle of all. VA hospital scandals, needless foreign wars and low pay for troops have made it difficult for the nation to keep its promises to veterans. Dr. Willis urges elected leaders to consider the plight of those who have already sacrificed nearly everything yet received so little in return.

Dr. Willis’s vision is to share his hard-won knowledge and experience with today’s generation. He feels the principles that made this nation powerful and humane can still have a transformative effect on society.

Dr. Glenn Willis

Dr. Glenn Willis

About Glenn Willis

A retired Viet Nam era disabled veteran, Glenn Willis, Ed.D, was born in Camden, New Jersey. He dropped out of Rutgers University towards the end of the Viet Nam War and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon his discharge, Dr. Willis returned to Rutgers to complete his course work before moving to California to continue his education. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and an MA in English Literature. Later, he earned his Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Glenn has held the positions of Dean of Students, Dean of Instructional Services, Academic Dean and Director of Academic Affairs. His love for teaching and touching the lives of students encouraged his return to the classroom.

Currently, Dr. Willis is an Adjunct English Professor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. He is the author of science fiction novel “Terror in Oaktown,” and the nonfiction book, “Dear America, Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Dear America, Where Do We Go From Here?”

To purchase Willis’ books, visit www.wtbayareapublishing.com.

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