The island welcomes a new book: “Lucky To Be Alive: A Love Story”
It was great to hear & see that Wendy has released her delightful book – you can find out more about it & get yours on Saturday – here’s more from Nancy at Griffin Bay Bookstore:
Griffin Bay Bookstore and The San Juan Island Library are pleased to host a book talk and signing for Lucky to be Alive: A Love Story by local local playwright, journalist, and author Wendy E. Shepard on Saturday night, September 29, 7:00 pm at Griffin Bay Bookstore.
The book is fiction, but inspired by true happenings. It is a lilting, philosophical journey through the seasons of life as Lucky, a Border Collie with an exuberant will to live, searches for home on a Pacific Northwest island. Along the way, unbeknownst to him, he teaches his human companions what it means to live Together – with all of Nature’s living things.
“Lucky always showed us how to be in love with life,” said Shepard. “True love cannot be reduced to a feeling, for feelings are temporary things. Lucky embodied the unchanging, unconditional kind of love that is essential for commitment, whether it is to ourselves, to another, to our planet – to whatever crosses our path, whether or not we like it!”
She will read from Lucky to be Alive: A Love Story, and be available to sign books and answer questions about it and about writing and self-publishing.
About the author
Brought up in rural New England, Wendy E. Shepard worked for over thirty years in New York City and Los Angeles. Television, theatre, music, and dance production captured her attention at first. Noticing the positive effect of the arts on children, she turned to programs in arts education, administering those of inner city public schools as well as those of private colleges such as Bard College and California Institute of the Arts.
Longing for a rural setting like that of her roots and for the opportunity to create her own art, Shepard migrated twenty years ago to San Juan Island to write. Trained in dramatic literature and musical theatre, many of Shepard’s plays have appeared in the Playwrights Festival at the San Juan Community Theatre. Local residents might also have read her early articles and guest columns for the Journal of the San Juan Islands. Lucky to be Alive: A Love Story is her first book.