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Guest Speaker Historical Society of Harford County
Tue, Sep 08
143 N Main St
Sep 08, 12:00 PM
143 N Main St, 143 N Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA
Writing a memoir: It's all about history, share your story with the future.
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Author Signing at Bethany Beach Books
Fri, Aug 21
E Bethany Beach, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, USA
Aug 21, 12:00 PM
E Bethany Beach, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, USA
Join Debbie at Bethany Beach Books, an independently owned bookstore, located only a few steps off the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The store was established in 1991 and has been independently owned since the day it opened. We are open every day, year round!
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Previous Events

2020 Purple Dragonfly

Book Award

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.

Mia named

Book of the Month

by

Harford County Living  

                         - May 29, 2020

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."

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. 

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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

Churchville Elementary

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!

Avondell Tea

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.

 

and Poetry

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. 

Seize the Cheese was featured at Tiny Toes on Main Street along with American Sports Legends and One Hundred Lives.

 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.

Author D. A. Jennings book review of her Children's book, Seize the Cheese, illustrated by Victoria Jennings

"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…

D.A. Jennings Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale.  D. A. Jennings presents American Sports Legends, Seize the Cheese and One Hundred Lives.

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.

D. A. Jennings with author John DeDakis at a book signing and sale.  American Spots Legends: Your Turn to Score and One Hundred Lives

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

Santa Claus recommends books for Christmas

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.

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
Applewood Farm

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,  

     Whiteford, MD

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.

© 2020 by D. A. Jennings