Sunday, January 29, 2012


Darlene Miller was one of the many great authors I met at the Reader's Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite Arizona. She was a great gal and her series of books, "RV CHUCKLES AND CHUCKHOLES" definitely brought plenty of smiles to the book browsers ... and buyers.
I was drawn to Stu Campbell's table because he had a hat bigger than  mine. His "voice " in the series of short stories about cowboy life in Colorado is as true to life  as his stories.  A humorous look at the western side of life, I found his book "HORSING AROUND A LOT"  not only funny but made me feel like in was in the saddle riding along. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. He has a new book coming out, "COMEDY IN THE CORRAL."

I also was privileged to meet author Joesph L. Gerard. I purchased his book "FLIGHT  FROM TOKURA. " which has been optioned by The Disney Studios for a movie, based on his war experiences.
Sandra Moore Bernsen was another author who wrote about her tragic but inspiring life after she lost her two sons, her husband, her mother and even a dog all within  a short span of two years.
And Debbie Hilbish, last but not least, was a resident and the hostess for the Book Fair. Thank you Debbie! Her books of poetry, "BITS AND PIECES"  and "LIFE DREAM COLLISIONS" are beautifully illustrated.

There were many other authors that came and went the ten peak days of the Quartzsite phenomenon that I didn't get to meet.

A peek inside the Readers Oasis Bookstore. A real book oasis in the desert  and a real peek at the owner! I wanted to spend hours browsing the thousands of old books but had to stay at my table and greet the many visitors.
People came for the books but also to see Paul Winer the bookstore owner reknown for being the "Naked Bookstore Owner." 

There is another "side" to Paul Winer besides the obvious. In his younger life Paul was a male stripper in Canada and the US who performed boogie woogie music and was known as "Sweetie Pie." 
At the community center in Quartzsite,  I attended one of his two performances. Fully attired, in fact, changing costumes constantly he entertained to a sold out crowd.. The highlight of his performance was when he dedicated a song he had written ( He is a poet and song writer as well) to his mom and dad in the audience. They were 93 and 97 years of age and had never seen him perform. It brought tears to the sold out crowd of 900 people.
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