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Indie Author Day 2017


October 14, 2017

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Please join us for the 2nd Annual Indie Author Day.  Hear from the following authors:

Annette Libeskind Berkovits was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland and the fledgling state of Israel before coming to America at age sixteen.

In her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, she spearheaded the institution’s nationwide and worldwide science education programs.

Annette will be presenting on her latest book - Confessions of An Accidental Zoo Keeper

From cougars, orangutans, supersize snakes, fugitive pigs, and a shocked New York City cabbie, Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator is fascinating, and often hilarious. Berkovits masterfully regales readers with stories that give the inside scoop on what went on behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous zoos with facts that read like fiction! Her tales will surprise and enlighten. A must read for all animal lovers and those interested in the future of wildlife.


Rebecca Brooks  lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.  

She likes outdoorsy guys with both muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new.

Make Me Want 

Abbi Haas likes them big, bad, and out of her bed the next morning. So when a smoking hot firefighter shuts down a possessive ex by pretending to be her boyfriend, she’s happy to play along—and stay for the no-strings-attached sex under the stars. But her knight with bulging biceps had better not think she’s some damsel in distress. She’ll handle her ex like she does everything: on her own.

Wildland firefighter Tyler McCall is supposed to be taking a break from danger. First step to having fun: pick up a sexy stranger by pretending he’s her man. Too bad his fake girlfriend is also his new coworker…and their little white lie has already spread. Tyler knows he should walk away before he gets burned. But he can’t stay out of trouble, and there’s no way he’s letting her go.


Born in Puerto Rico,Carmen D. Lucca is a bilingual poet, translator of the first collection of Julia de Burgos’poetry. Ms. Lucca, whose poetry has been published in Ireland, Latin America, Puerto Rico and the United States, is listed in the the Directory of American Poets & Writers. Her awards include the Palma Julia de Burgos, a Silver Medal from the Academie des Arts, Sciences et Lettres, Paris, France, a 108th Wing Essential Piece for her contribution to the National Hispanic Heritage Month events honoring Julia de Burgos at McGuire Air Base, and a Disney Teacher Award Nomination. Ms. Lucca’s most recent books are The Sunset Watcher, a collection of poetic meditations based on her observations of life and The Diary of Julia de Burgos and Other Simple Truths, a book based on research and investigation of the poet’s true biography.


Anne Born is an award-winning, New York-based writer who has been writing stories and poetry since childhood. She blogs on The Backpack Press and Tumbleweed Pilgrim and her writing focuses on family and life in a big city after growing up in a small one. She is the author of "A Marshmallow on the Bus," "Prayer Beads on the Train," "Waiting on a Platform," "Turnstiles," and a contributor to the 2015 anthology, "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox," edited by Joanne Bamberger.

Her work has been published in the Newtown Literary Journal and in “Me, as a Child,” “All About My Name,” and “My Prized Possession,” Poetry & Prose Series published by Silver Birch Press. Anne’s essay on her cousin’s collection of Nancy Drew novels was published in the Silver Birch Press Nancy Drew Anthology (2016). Her poetry has been featured in New York at Boundless Tales, Word Up Community Bookstore, and the Queens Council on the Arts. She has been a featured performer in several venues with Inspired Word NYC, at the New York Transit Museum, on Queens Public TV in “The World of Arts,” and with the International Women Artists’ Salon on Salon Radio. 

A Marshmallow on the Bus

What do you like to do on your morning subway and bus commute? Anne Born writes on the bus – essays, poems, even a journal of a month's worth of subway rides, all on the New York City MTA. A Marshmallow on the Bus is a lively collection of stories that will make you feel like you are sitting right next to her. Part urban anthropology, part psychology, part transportation history: who knew commuting in New York City could be so much fun? From a couple of squirrels on a tree to a hippy on primary day to a noodle at the top of the stairs to yes, a marshmallow on the bus, this collection of whimsical stories is a must read for anyone who knows the MTA or who would just like to see New York as an armchair traveler.