Bruster's to serve up Pittsburgh Authors Symposium in McCandless

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream of Ingomar will be serving up some local literary samples at the Pittsburgh Authors Symposium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4 at its location on 9600 Perry Highway in McCandless.

About 15 authors from the Pittsburgh region will feature their latest publications, sign books and present short readings of their work, said Marta Sauret Greca, general manager of the Bruster's location.

She said she hopes the free event sponsored by Brusters and Popinvasion will encourage the people to support regional writers.

“It's to promote (local) authors and to show there's rich talent right here in Pittsburgh,” said Greca, who also owns Popinvasion with her husband.

Proceeds from refreshment sales will go to the Northland Public Library, said Greca, 26, of Shaler Township.

Authors of fiction, nonfiction and children's books are expected to attend.

One is Michel Sauret, who will promote his contemporary short stories, “Amidst Traffic.”

Sauret, of Pittsburgh's North Side and Greca's brother, said the stories are interconnected and show how events, people's lives and their actions are tied together. With more competition in securing book-signing slots at bookstores events such as this create a way for local writers to come together and show their work, said Sauret, 28.

“It's a good networking opportunity,” he said.

Sauret won the 2008 Army Journalist of the Year award for work he did in Iraq when deployed with Army public affairs.

His first novel was “Breathing God” in 2005, when he was 19.

The symposium will take place in a tented area of the Bruster's parking lot. Greca said 15 percent of all sales during that time period at the store will also benefit the library.

Diane Bogut of Wexford will be at the event to promote her “fun, kind-of-beach read,” a novel called “Time for a Fresh One.” It is about a divorced mother entering the dating scene.

Bogut, who has two children, uses the pen name Lexi Michaels, said this is her first novel. Events like the symposium help can writers such as her, she said.

“It's a fabulous event. It allows us to show our community our work,” Bogut said.

Local history buffs can check out the work of Sister Rita Yeasted, a member of the Ecumenical Sisters for Christian Community, who wrote the biography “JON: John Oliver Nelson and the Movement for Power in the Church.”

Yeasted, a professor who heads the English department at La Roche College in McCandless, said Pittsburgh native Nelson, a Presbyterian minister as well as a Yale University divinity professor, spent his life caring for others, especially the poor.

She said though he was born rich, he died poor because of his devotion to helping those in need.

Nelson founded the Kirkridge Retreat Center in Bangor, and Yeasted, 73, said all the proceeds from her book sales will go to the center.

She met Nelson in 1976 and family and friends eventually asked her to write a book on the philanthropist, who would have turned 104 in May.

Published last year, the book took her 17 years, Yeasted said.

“It was a massive task,” said Yeasted, of Shaler Township. “Perseverance is my middle name.”

Natalie Beneviat is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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