LACONIA — Annie's Book Stop will host a "Meet the author" special event on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. featuring James Novak, author of Ora's Boy, and Catherine Dougherty, author of In Woolen Bikinis.
James Novak grew up in Laconia and upon graduating from high school, enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he attended college at night and eventually earned dual degrees in Business Administration and Economics. He graduated magna-cum-laude from Park College in 1970 and earned his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1977. He has traveled extensively all over the world and currently resides with his wife in Bluffton, South Carolina. James has recently acquired a summer home here in the Lakes Region.
Ora's Boy is the true narrative of Sonny Virgin's (a.k.a. Cousy) struggles to survive growing up in Laconia in the 1940s and 1950s. Abandoned by his father and rejected by his mother, Sonny, together with sisters Lorraine and Claudie, searched for love and approval. A remarkably endearing story, Ora's Boy is made more memorable with its backdrop of historical events and changes that happened during the era—World War II, the Korean War, the famous Boston Brinks robbery, Civil Rights Movement, and the advent of Rock N' Roll.
Catherine Dougherty, a native of New Hampshire, lives with her husband in the Lakes Region area, near Lake Winnipesaukee. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project and currently serves as social media chair for the Greater Lakes Region Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Her debut novel in Polyester Pajamas, the first book in the Jean and Rosie series, was released in June 2012. She has also published several essays and poems, and is a featured author in the 2012-2013 publication 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading presented by TheAuthorsShow.com.
In Woolen Bikinis , released on July 5, 2013, is an engaging story about the unpredictable twists and turns that can happen in any woman's life, as well as a strong friendship, one Jean and Rosie are fortunate to have, that can help carry one through. It's also about Simple Pleasures, plenty of them (like woolen bikinis).