Final Book Talk Held at Shaw Public Library

Kristine Gasbarre (Provided photo)

CLEARFIELD – The final presentation of Wednesday Book Talks took place at Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library on Wednesday, April 3.

The scheduled speaker Kristine Gasbarre, DuBois writer and ghost writer, was unable to attend due to illness.

However, thanks to modern technology she addressed the attendees via FaceTime.  Gwen Crandell, a member of AAUW which sponsored the book talks, served as moderator.

Gasbarre related that her latest book “A Little Piece of Light” written with Donna Hylton came out in early June of 2018.  The book is the true story of an abused young woman who at the age of 19 was sentenced to prison for murder.

She spent 27 years in prison.  While there she came to terms with her life and earned a Bachelor’s degree.  Since her release, she has become an advocate for criminal justice reform and women’s rights.

Gasbarre is hard at work on a new project, which she is co-writing.  The book titled “Scarred” will be out late this year or early 2020.

As Gasbarre recounted the many irons she has in the fire, it was obvious that she is a highly-motivated person with a true desire to make a difference in the world and her community.  She said, “I can never let my work be done.”

During the question and answer session, Gasbarre indicated she hopes to host a workshop in the area this fall on the fundamentals of getting published.

She noted that this is a question she is often asked when she is speaking to groups.  This is another way Gasbarre would like to give back to the community.

Crandell thanked Gasbarre for her insights and the audience for attending the series.  She announced that AAUW is sponsoring a community meeting with Rhonda Halstead, president of Penn Highlands Clearfield.

The meeting will take place on April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the President’s Lounge in Founders Hall, Lock Haven Clearfield Campus.   It will be an opportunity for the public to meet Halstead and hear about the planned renovations at the hospital.  A question and answer period will follow.

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