Prologue: With Joan Leotta

Dec 30, 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016, 7 pm

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, January 11, 2016 Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to writer and champion storyteller, Joan Leotta, about her historical fiction series Legacy of Honor and her new picture book Whoosh!. Join us for the conversation in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7 pm.

About the Author:

Joan Leotta is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she began to write at an early age. After a career as an economist she settled into the life of a wife, mother, performing storyteller, and freelance writer. She was eventually able to carve out time for writing fiction novels.

Leotta has been writing and performing for as long as she can remember. She has authored numerous books, poetry collections, short stories, and non-fiction articles. Leotta's fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in The Washington Post, The Burke Connection, Women's Day magazine, and the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She has more than 25 years of experience giving programs in schools, museums, libraries, community stages, private parties, and corporate functions. She has received awards for her poems and for her performance stories for children and adults. To learn more about Joan Leotta you can visit her blog HERE.

About the Legacy of Honor Series:

At four critical junctures in our nation's history, the DeBartolo family prove that they are men and women of honor. Along the way, while working for the war effort in Wilmington, NC in WWII, they foil spies, prevent the stealing of technology of polio vaccine in Pittsburgh during the Korean War and convince a wounded soldier that he is loved. When many among the youth are protesting the Vietnam War, Anna Maria DeBartolo leaves the home front to work as a nurse on the front lines where she saves a small group of orphans from capture by the VietCong and finds out that the type of man she usually fell in love with is not the kind of many she wants to marry. By the 1990s the family is back in Rome—on diplomatic assignment—when they discover that there is another branch of the family. The unfolding of those secrets takes place against the backdrop of a gap year job with a newspaper in Rome for Anna Maria's daughter (Kathy Ann), a Desert Storm art theft, and Kathy Ann's discovery that she has been looking at the wrong sort of man.

About Whoosh!:

A snow day! Share the excitement of waking up and discovering that the ground is covered with snow. Even better, we are snowed in and Dad is home instead of at work! To celebrate, Dad and I are going sledding. The sound of the sled going down the hill at a nearby park (WHOOSH!) guides the tale through the fun and bonding between the child and her dad. His love for her is demonstrated in the smallest ways - in gestures she may not understand now, but will impact her later. In dialogue with both her dad and mom, the child reveals that time with them is indeed the most important thing to her - any day. This book is written from the first person point of view, so that the listener is able to visualize themselves in the role of the child.

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