Books you’ll want to read,
written by people you’ll want to meet.


Doc Ephraim Bates, authorDoc Ephraim Bates has been writing comedic action thrillers since age fourteen. Growing up the youngest of seven sons, he mastered the three skills most valuable to his assassin characters: maintaining a sense of humor, learning how to take a beating, and the art of not getting caught. Doc’s fast-paced books feature unexpected plot twists and witty dialog. In a world of deception and lies, his characters are famous for their undying friendship and loyalty to each other.

Beth Finke Author nose to nose with her Seeing Eye dog WhitneyBeth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind. Beth’s Seeing Eye dog, Whitney, leads her through airports and hotels to events all over North America to speak on memoir writing, disability, workplace accessibility, and overcoming adversity.

Author Gerry PandaleonGerry T. Pandaleon, CPA, CMA, FCPA, brings three decades of experience as a CPA, controller, and CFO to her user-friendly guides to buying and selling businesses. Her no-nonsense, arm-around-your-shoulder style helps readers add more value to their businesses, avoid costly mistakes, and reduce stress in the buy-sell process. A natural teacher, Gerry has served as adjunct professor at several universities. She and her attorney husband live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Author Joan Goldstein ParkerJoan Goldstein Parker grew up in New York City, where the question, “Where are you going for Seder?” was always answered the same way: at her home, where three or four generations of extended family read the Haggadah and shared the meal together each year. Joan has been in the publishing industry all of her working life. After holding executive positions in several multinational firms, she founded her own literary agency. She and her husband live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Anna Nessy Perlberg was born in Prague in the late 1920s. She and her family escaped to New York just a few days after the Nazi invasion in 1939. She holds a BA in History from Barnard, an MA in History from Columbia University, and an MSW from the University of Illinois. Anna feels a connection with today’s immigrant children and often speaks about her story to school groups. She and her late husband, the poet Mark Perlberg, settled in Chicago, where she resides.

Author Fr Gabriel RochelleFr Gabriel Cooper Rochelle, MA, ThM, MDiv, PhD, is an Orthodox priest in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has been a cleric for over 50 years and enjoys birding, baking bread, bicycling, and calligraphy in his spare time. Giving readers the benefit of his half-century in ministry, he writes on many subjects, with Celtic Christian spirituality being one of his favorite topics. Fr Gabriel resides with his wife in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dick Simpson Dick Simpson is a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago alderman. An expert on Chicago politics and elections in general, he has written and co-authored a number of books and affected public policy. Simpson was an early proponent of civil rights (he joined his first demonstration in 1960) and has devoted much of his energy to advancing the cause of participatory politics. He resides in Chicago, where he continues to oppose the power of the political machine.

Photo credits: Doc Ephraim Bates: ©Starr Belle Photography | Beth Finke: ©Bill Healy | Anna Perlberg: ©Ben Altman | Gabriel Rochelle: ©Emily Scott | Dick  Simpson: ©Roberta Dupuis-Devlin UIC

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