Local Author Day

Come meet four local authors and discover some great new reads in the process! Authors Stephen Finlay Archer, April Kempler, Monique Rebelle, and S.J. Slagle will be on-hand to sign copies of their work.

Stephen Finlay Archer, author of the The Irish Clans series, was brought up in Toronto, Canada. His mother is Dot in the novels and his grandfather was Samuel Finlay, an artist of some repute. Following acquisition of a Masters of Science degree at the University of Toronto, Stephen spent forty years as an aerospace engineering manager working initially in Canada and mostly in the United States. He directed satellite systems design, implementation, launch and mission programs with the U.S. Navy and with NASA/NOAA among others. Upon retirement Stephen completed courses in short story and novel writing with the Long Ridge Writers Group. He is a member of the Manzanita Writers Press and an active author in the Writers Unlimited and Creative Non-Fiction Writers Groups in California Gold Country.

A native Californian, April Kempler was raised in beautiful downtown Burbank. April currently resides in her "adopted" city of Reno, Nevada. April Voytko Kempler's first book The Altered I: Memoir of Holocaust Survivor Joseph Kempler is a first-person narrative that tells the story of her father-in-law's experience as a Holocaust survivor. As a Jewish teen, Joseph Kempler survived six different concentration camps, some of them death camps, throughout Poland and Austria. He later converted to a Christian faith because of what he witnessed in the camps. The Altered I chronicles this life-altering decision.

Monique Rebelle was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a family of actors. She left Poland on her own as a teenager, beginning her "starving artist" existence in London, then moving to Amsterdam. For about a year she also lived and worked in Paris. She participated in numerous art shows in the Netherlands, and one of her paintings was purchased by the Royal Dutch collection. After moving to the United States and settling in Los Angeles, an epiphany experienced in 1988 made her art shift into a new direction, classified by L.A. art critic Peter Frank as neo-constructivist. In 1992 she experienced an even more profound, life-changing occurrence. Her recent book, Transcendence Calling, describes that experience and its results. 

S.J. Slagle is an award winning historical fiction novelist. Her book, London Spies, received the B.R.A.G. Medallion for excellence in historical fiction. She is a celebrated mystery and suspense writer and author of the Sherlock and Me mystery series. A teacher and nonfiction writer for most of her career, she taught in high schools and community colleges in Florida, California, and Nevada. She began her writing career with the Floyd Sisters Mysteries as Sinda Cheri Floyd and went on to write western romances as Jeanne Harrell including these bestselling series: Rancher, the Westerners, and These Nevada Boys with picturesque settings in the wild west of Nevada.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509