Events & News
- Tue, Sep 27Bel AirSep 27, 6:00 PM – Nov 08, 8:00 PMBel Air, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015, USAKickstart your writing journey or polish up a work in progress. Hone your skills in a supportive environment. The first six classes will target the fundamentals of writing. The seventh class will include a live discussion with local authors and individuals involved in publishing and marketing.
- Sat, Oct 08Glenn Dale
Literary Readings among the Sunflowers
September 19, 2022 - D.A. Jennings read selected works from her book One Hundred Lives at Literary Readings among the Sunflowers of Jarrettsville. The event was sponsored by the Jarrettsville Library and included readings by other authors as well. Reading of her poem Bourbon Heat, in her best southern accent, was a crowd pleaser.
Guest Author at the Beach
August 6th, 2022 - The public debut of Mia, The Crooked Road at Bethany Beach Books in Delaware. D.A. Jennings sold and signed her newest book along with her other popular children's books. The crowds, the weather, and the great staff at the bookstore formed a perfect trifecta for a very successful day.
"Take a Hike" Summer Camp Reading
August 4th, 2022 - D.A. Jennings participated in Harford Community College’s "Take a Hike" summer camp program for children. The Harford County author read one of her latest illustrated children’s books The Tapping Stick which celebrates trees and how they can spark the imagination of children. The class was attentive and very engaged, with great questions about the environment. It was a great time for all.
APG Child Development Center Meets Kip
June 9, 2022 - Kip returned to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Child Development Center where D.A. Jennings read about him in her two books about the mischievous mouse. A comparison of Kip’s experiences in Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please! was made by the author. The Q&A part of the presentation revealed that the children were well schooled in many of the positive attributes of a best friend. It was a delightful event.
Harford Day School and the The Tapping Stick
June 2, 2022 - Harford Day School hosted a wonderful celebration of trees and children within their library. D.A. Jennings read The Tapping Stick to the group of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who were attentive and enthusiastic about the book and nature. Kudos to a school that definitely emphasizes respect for nature and the need for its preservation.
Kip goes to Aberdeen Proving Ground
May 19, 2022 - D.A. Jennings' first reading at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Youth Activity Center was from her two children's books Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please!
Over twenty children from the Youth Center participated in the event. Brandon Neff, the Assistant Director later wrote, "I only heard good things from the children and staff (and ALL the children here yesterday came to listen!)." The interaction with the boys and girls was delightful.
Havre de Grace hosts
4th Annual Lock House Festival
April 23, 2022 - The Literature Ladies (#LitLadies - thanks KR for the #) celebrated originality of expression as they sold and autographed their books at the 4th Annual Lockhouse Festival in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The crowd was active making early purchases for birthdays, special celebrations, and themselves. The #LitLadies worked well together and you'll see this quartet at other shows. They are, L-R: D.A. Jennings, Irmgarde Brown, Claudine Marcin, & K.R. Raye.
D.A. Jennings at Harford Community College Event
April 13, 2022 - D.A. Jennings returned to Harford Community College, this time reading her award-winning book The Tapping Stick for children and their families. The children eagerly participated by answering questions about how they would use different sticks. Children and adults enjoyed coloring pages from the book while they ate cookies provided by the school.
First Annual Book Fair at Brightview Senior Living - Avondell, Hosts Local Authors
April 8, 2022 - Brightview Senior Living Community - Avondell, in Bel Air, hosted their first annual Book Fair. Ingrid Riseley, Vibrant Living Director, rolled out the red carpet for twelve local authors. Residents, family, and friends came to the Susquehanna room to meet the authors and purchase autographed copies of their books. A delightful time was had by all. All are looking forward to this being a recurring annual event.
Trinity Lutheran Christian School Reading of Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please!
On March 31, 2022 - Ms. Colleen Bohlen introduced D.A. Jennings to over one-hundred students at the Trinity Lutheran Christian School. Enthusiasm permeated the sanctuary and made the author feel most welcome. Both Kip books were read and a discussion followed about friendship and what makes a best friend. The children impressed the author with their attention to details and their desire to participate. B.A. Thomas’ technical support was greatly appreciated.
Author Reading at Harford Community College
Early Learning Center
Her latest book won the Silver Medal in the 2021 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Environmental Issues.
Guest Speaker at the Highlands School
February 17, 2022 - The Highlands School hosted author D.A. Jennings as guest speaker for three of her books and discussions about being a writer. The Lower and Middle-Level students found out about Kip’s mischievous exploits in Seize the Cheese and Cheese? Yes, Please! The students engaged in conversation about friendship and knowing when someone is really a best friend.
The Upper-Level students heard poetry from the author’s book One Hundred Lives. Discussion included writing topics, pursing writing, and following their American Dream.
"Our students and teachers were so inspired by your presentations! Thank you for sharing your passion with us."
Jennifer Palinkas, Ph.D.
Director of Business and Development
The Highlands School
February 10, 2022 - Author D.A. Jennings was greeted warmly by The Goddard School children as they held up a poster welcoming her to their school. Before the presentation there was much discussion
Author Reading at the Goddard School
about how a mouse had visited almost everyone's house! Then all eyes became riveted to the illustrations on the screen as the book was read. The girls and boys rallied support for Kip with their shouts in unison of "Seize the Cheese!" It was a lovely time of laughter and learning about friends.
D.A. Jennings Returns to HCC
January 25 - March 8, 2022 - Author D.A. Jennings returns to teaching in the classroom at Harford Community College. After several semesters of successful on-line teaching, the college has reopened for face-to-face teaching, with masks. This semester's theme is What You See, based on Henry David Thoreau's quote, "The question is not what you look at but what you see."
Harford County Living features D.A. Jennings as
Artist of the Week
January 11, 2022 - Harfordcountyliving.com has recognized D.A. Jennings as Artist of the Week. This social media website has over 19,000 followers and millions of hits to its' website. Rich Bennett does a great job of publishing positive news about Harford County businesses, people and events.
Debbie was highlighted in April 2020 on HarfordCountyLiving.com podcast by Rich Bennett where she talked about her books, inspiration, and teaching at Harford Community College.
Her book Mia, Ripples in the Water was also featured as book of the month in May of 2020.
December 5, 2021 - A very good event supporting the Perry Hall High School PTA.
Many new and returning customers looking for good children's books, along with sports trivia books and poems for the holiday season.
November 24, 2021 - Story time at We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Forest Hill, Maryland. Debbie entertained a group of children, and their parents, with the adventures of Kip, the mischievous mouse, from her award winning children's illustrated book, Cheese? Yes, Please!
November 6, 2021 - After skipping a year due to the pandemic, the annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale returned to the Bel Air Armory for a very successful showing. Over 30 vendors filled the renovated armory. Nearly 500 visitors came through the event, many taking the opportunity for early holiday shopping.
Annual Holiday Gift Sale Returns for 2021
On-line Reading with Bridges Montessori School
November 4, 2021 - D.A. Jennings read her latest children's illustrated book, The Tapping Stick, to students at the Bridges Montessori School, Bel Air campus. Two online presentations were given: one for the Upper Elementary class of eleven students; one for the Lower Elementary class of twenty-one children. The study of nature is part of their curriculum, and they were well versed in the diversity of trees and the measurement guidelines for determining Champion Trees. The children were attentive, asked well-thought out questions, and came up with some remarkable suggestions. It was a great day for sharing the joys of nature.
November 2, 2021
Howl-O-Ween Pet Fest
October 31, 2021 -Havre de Grace howled with excitement as costumed pets paraded in their finest and escorted their owners around the competition runway at Concord Point Lighthouse. D.A. Jennings was invited to bring all her animal book friends. Mischievous Kip, Mia and the forest animals and children from The Tapping Stick went home with many families. This event was really something to howl about!
Kip Returns to Harford Community College
October 27, 2021 - Jennifer Eder, Harford Community College Early Learning Center invited Kip to visit and teach the children about being a friend. As he skittered between five classes, D.A. Jennings, the author, shared his mischievous adventures from Cheese? Yes, Please! and provided each child with the illustrated handout on how to draw Kip. After visiting with the children, teachers, and their decorated classes, he’s thinking about going to school himself!
Kip Goes to College!
October 22, 2021 - Kip entertained a group of homeschooled children and their parents and grandparents in the auditorium of Edgewood Hall at Harford Community College. The author, D.A. Jennings, read Kip’s second book Cheese? Yes, Please! and the illustrator, Victoria Jennings, demonstrated step-by-step how they could draw Kip. Each child and adult went home with their Kip drawing and a copy of the illustrated instructions.
Kelly Pulaski, the Youth Programs Coordinator, organized the free event as part of the college’s homeschooling outreach program. The school provided snacks and drinks to the delight of everyone.
October 18, 2021 - The online news center, The Patch, published an article about Debbie winning the Silver Medal for her latest illustrated Children's book, The Tapping Stick. Click the tab below for the full article.
Great Day for a Street Festival
October 2, 2021 - Close to 30 vendors arrived on Kent Island, Md. for the Artoberfest held in historic downtown Stevensville. Debbie's newest children's books were a big hit with The Tapping Stick and Cheese? Yes, Please! leading sales. Her other books, Mia, Seize the Cheese, 100 Lives, and American Sports Legends, were also popular with the visitors. Music and children's activities were provided, making this an excellent venue for families. Mark your calendars for next year, it's a delightful street fair.
July 31, 2021 - Bethany Beach Books hosted a book signing for Debbie's latest children's books, The Tapping Stick, and her award winning chapter book, Mia, Ripples in the Water. The weather was great and the crowds friendly. Working with Bethany Books was a rewarding experience.
The Sweet Spot Writing
June 19, 2021 - Residents of BrightView Avondell attended a writing presentation and workshop, presented by D.A. Jennings. All attendees showed their enthusiasm for writing as they participated in the writing prompts and Q&A. It is hoped that each one will submit a personal story to the Historical Society of Harford County for their 250th anthology. On your mark, get your pen…GO!
Cheese? Yes, Please! Award Recognition
CHANDLER, AZ (December 2020)—Story Monsters LLC has announced the winners of the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, including honorable mention in three categories for Cheese? Yes, Please!, for Best Cover Design, Best Illustrations, and Picture Books 6 plus, by Victoria Huling. The book by D.A. Jennings is the second in a trilogy about a most mischievous mouse. The annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest is a global competition that honors excellence in all types of literature and book marketing, recognizing a comprehensive list of genres
Writing Fundamentals Harford Community College
Feb 2, 2021 - Mar 9, 2021 - Online Creative Writing Fundamentals class.
Debbie's first online course for the Harford Community College was a success.
November 20, 2020 - Debbie presented a live webinar for the Harford Society of Harford County on "What's Your Story? The Historical Significance of Looking Back." Check out the recording of the live event with Q&A or a more concise prerecorded version without Q&A.
2020 Purple Dragonfly
Mia, Ripples in the Water is a winner in the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, sponsored by Story Monsters Ink. The book earned recognition in both the Middle Grade Fiction and Best Cover Design categories. The awards are a worldwide book competition created in 2009 to celebrate the best in children's books. The Purple Dragonfly awards are geared toward books that appeal to children of all ages. Award recognition puts the seal of approval on books and lets parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers know they are giving children a book of the highest caliber.
Book of the Month
Harford County Living
- May 29, 2020
Mia, Ripples in the Water
receives highest review rating from Kids' Book Buzz
Mia, Ripples in the Water
receives 5-star review from San Francisco Book Review
Podcast Interview with Rich Bennett
April 21, 2020 - On this episode of Harford County Living with Rich Bennett, Rich speaks with Author D.A. Jennings. Debbie has written "American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score", "One Hundred Lives", "Seize the Cheese", and "Mia, Ripples in the Water."
April 4, 2020 - For those of you trying to handle homeschooling on-the-fly, let me suggest a visit to Story Monsters, Inc. It is a wonderful magazine which encourages children to read. They have taken several initiatives to help during this time of social distancing. My book, Seize the Cheese, was one of the featured on-line videos.
Click the picture above, find a book your children like, and take a break.
Winter Arts and Crafts Fair
Dec. 8, 2019 - First time at Perry Hall Winter Arts and Crafts Fair was a big success. Lots of interest in Mia as well as previous books.
Nov. 2, 2019 -
A record turnout for the Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale was a success for D.A. Jennings and her newest young reader book, Mia, Ripples in the Water. Gift buyers getting an early start on the Christmas and holiday season were arriving before the official start of the event and were continuous throughout the day. Live music was presented by the Bel Air High School Pop Choir, Theatreworks LIVE!, Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adeline's, and John Sobus, Self Expression.
Oct. 18, 2019 -
A candlelit, chilly October evening, in a cemetery, was the perfect place to hear scary stories, and tales from the dark side. D.A. Jennings read selections from her book, ONE HUNDRED LIVES. She joined other local authors, historians, and poets who delivered their favorite graveyard-appropriate pieces.
This Literary Readings at the Graveyard, was hosted by the Norrisville Public Library and Norrisville United Methodist Church.
August 27, 2019
Debbie joined a number of talented and creative people for Stanzas in the Stacks, hosted by the Harford County Public Library, Fallston Branch. She read a number of poems from her book One Hundred Lives.
Of course the final poem, Pickers, left the audience laughing. The evening provided good fellowship and the enjoyment of a variety of performances.
Oct 1, 2019
Whether a weekend writer or a would-be novelist, this course will help you explore and expand your excitement for creative writing.
Written works are critiqued in a friendly and supportive environment along with written evaluations and suggestions provided by the instructor. Six sessions beginning October 1, ending November 5, 2019. Havre de Grace Hall, room 209 on the Harford Community College campus.
Thanks, the class is full!
July 12, 2019 -
Surrounded by historical headstones and lush greenery, D.A. Jennings read selections from her book, ONE HUNDRED LIVES. She joined other local authors, historians, and poets who delivered their favorite graveyard-appropriate pieces from such luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe and the Beatles.
This was the first "Literary Readings at the Graveyard," hosted by the Norrisville Public Library and Norrisville United Methodist Church. Norrisville Branch's Joyce Wemer and Katherine Ellis, along with Norrisville UMC Pastor Melissa Ann McDade, organized the event.
The Envelope Please
A Reading of One Hundred Lives
at Oak Grove Baptist Church
May 6, 2019 - Oak Grove Baptist Church’s 4EVER Young Group readily participated in The Envelope Please program developed and presented by D.A. Jennings. The program included music, scripture and readings based on her book One Hundred Lives.
D.A. Jennings at Mountain Christian Church
Portions of Grace Writer's Group
April 28, 2019: Portions of Grace, the writers group sponsored by Mountain Christian Church, hosted D.A. Jennings at their afternoon meeting to hear readings from her book One Hundred Lives. Jennings also discussed memoir writing and answered questions about her writing journey. The setting was perfect for casual conversation and fellowship.
The Envelope Please
D.A. Jennings Presents One Hundred Lives
to Calvary Baptist Church
March 9, 2019 - Calvary Baptist Church's XYZ senior dinner was the setting for the premier of The Envelope Please presentation. The interactive program was based on D.A. Jennings' book One Hundred Lives. The program showcased the continued relevancy of God's Word in our lives today. A special video tribute to our military members, based upon D.A. Jennings' poem Call to Duty was shown.
Read to a Child Week & Digital Learning Day
at Enon Elementary, Chester, Virginia
February 27, 2019 - Doris Hazlegrove, a teacher at Enon Elementary in Chester, Virginia invited D. A. Jennings to read Seize the Cheese to her first grade class on February 27th.
The event took place to celebrate Read to a Child Week and Digital Learning Day.
Adventures in Reading
February 14, 2019 - "Adventures in Reading" was the theme at Churchville Elementary School when D. A. Jennings read Seize the Cheese to 180 students.
The three groups of kindergarten to fifth graders were energetic, fun and great participants.
2019 - Harford Community College Creative Writing Fundamentals
Whether a weekend writer or a would-be novelist, this course will help you explore and expand your excitement for creative writing.
Work is critiqued in a friendly and supportive environment and written evaluations/suggestions are provided by the instructor. Six sessions beginning March 26, ending April 30, 2019. Bel Air Hall, room 242.
Thanks, the class is full!
October 5, 2018 - The ladies of Avondell held their pinkies in the air as they sipped tea and ate lunch for the Brightview Avondell Ladies Tea.
D. A. Jennings provided selected readings from her book One Hundred Lives and engaged the audience to participate in various readings.
The mischievous Kip entertains young readers
Kip, the star of Seize the Cheese, found himself in the homes of hundreds of children this year. One proud grandmother sent in this picture of her granddaughter reading about his mischievous adventures. For those who have been asking, Kip will return with more antics in 2019.
2018 - Kip celebrates
National Reading Month
March 16, 2018 - Seize the Cheese became part of Churchville Elementary School’s celebration of National Reading Month. At the school’s invitation, Debbie read her latest book, Seize the Cheese, to a delightfully energetic first-grade class.
Kip, the mischievous mouse, goes to Tiny Toes in Bel Air
March 3, 2018 - Debbie joined Tina Lewis and Karen Jacobs, co-owners of Tiny Toes on Main Street in Bel Air, for Sweets on the Street. Tiny Toes is a children's boutique which specializes in unique clothing and toys not available in department and chain stores.
2018 - Harford Community College Creative Writing Fundamentals
Continuing Education classes Spring 2018 - Debbie is teaching her largest class yet at Harford Community College. Designed to help writers express themselves, she uses a variety of techniques and exercises to improve writing, and motivation. Written work is shared in a friendly and supportive environment.
"The rhyming phrases and delightful drawings make it a fun story for young ones," wrote Tina Bianca, community business manager at Barnes & Noble. Read the full review of my latest book, Seize the Cheese, and my other books, in this month's Harford's Heart. https://interactivepdf.uniflip.com/…/1089258/pub/html5.html…
Join Debbie at the annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bel Air Armory on Main Street.
Featuring over 40 local artists. Free Admission
2017 - Harford Community College Creative Writing Fundamentals
Spring 2017 / Fall 2017 - Debbie teaches a continuing education class at Harford Community College. Designed to help writers express themselves, she uses a variety of techniques and exercises to improve writing, and motivation. Written work is shared in a friendly and supportive environment.
Book Reading at Lorien Nursing Home, Bel Air, MD
April 20, 2017 - Debbie conducted a reading of selected poems from her two books at Lorien in Bel Air. The audience was very enthusiastic and particularly liked the readings from One Hundred Lives.
Book Reading at Brightview Avondell Senior Living
Dec. 20, 2016 - Debbie conducted a reading of selected poems from her two books on Tuesday at Brightview located at 300 West Ring Factory Road in Bel Air, Maryland.
Brightview is one of the area's best senior living retirement facilities.
Havre de Grace Candlelight Tour
Dec. 10, 2016 - Havre de Grace Library. Debbie joins other authors, including John DeDakis, for the annual Candlelight Tour. John's newest book is Bullet in the Chamber, read about it on his website: johndedakis.com
November 26, 2016 - Debbie signed books at Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley when jolly Saint Nick showed up to endorse a good read for Christmas.
Santa Claus recommends books for Christmas
Book Signings - Bel Air and Hunt Valley
Havre de Grace Library - HallowRead
Delta Senior Center - Delta, PA
September 20, 2016 - D. A. Jennings presents a reading from her newest book, One Hundred Lives, as well as favorites from American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score, to the Delta Senior Center in Delta, PA.
Radio Interview, WAMD Aberdeen, Maryland
July 1, 2016 - Co-hosts Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library and Bob Mumby interview author Debbie Jennings, on WAMD, Aberdeen Maryland. Listen to entire program or fast forward to 34:48.
Book Signing, Hunt Valley
APG News story
February 28, 2016 - News story by Rachel Ponder (click here for APG News story) highlights the fulfillment of the author's relatively new aspiration to write and publish a book. D.A. Jennings was employed by Aberdeen Proving Ground, APG, as a U.S. Army Civilian for 32-years. Shortly before retirement, she wrote the first poem which led to her first book, published in September of 2015. She is now working on her next book: One Hundred Lives: Life and Nature Poured into Poetry.
Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD
February 2, 2016 - D. A. Jennings presented books for patients at Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland
William Beaumont Army Hospital, El Paso, Texas
June 15, 2016 - On behalf of the American Red Cross, Mary Hetz accepts copies of American Sports Legends, Your Turn to Score from author Debbie Jennings. Individuals across the country sponsored these copies to be given to our military members located at William Beaumont Hospital. See our Military Sponsors page for how you can be a part of this outreach to wounded, ill and injured service members.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Kaiserslautern Germany
April 29, 2016 - Elizabeth T. Kirschner, Station Manager of the American Red Cross in Landstuhl, Germany, accepts copies of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score from James Barrante, CMSgt, USAF (R) who represented D.A. Jennings at the Germany facility. Books were provided for combat warriors in the Wards throughout the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Book Signing, Barnes and Noble
December 5, 2015 - American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score will be available at Applewood Farm, during their Christmas season.
Saturday, Dec. 5th through Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weekends only
Located at 4435 Prospect Road,
Check out the Applewood Farm website for full details of all their activities.
December 8, 2015 - D. A. Jennings at the Walter Reed National Military Center signing her books for America's Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members. The books presented to Service Members were generously sponsored by people listed on our Military Sponsors page.
Walter Reed National Military Center, Bethesda, MD
Authors and Artists
Holiday Gift Sale
December 5, 2015 - D. A. Jennings at the Bel Air Armory for the Fourth Annual Authors and Artists Holiday Gift Sale.
She sold and autographed her book:
American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score.
September 27, 2015 - Harford County Public Library Just Write, Writers Conference, first public offering of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score .
Messiah College Press
September 25, 2015 - American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score, picked up at Messiah College Press in Pennsylvania. Bob Madden and Carole Hutchinson are with the author at Messiah College Press.