Web site changes, book signing events and more

 

I’ve added a number of new sections to the Photo Gallery ( http://garyshowalter.com/PhotoGallery.aspx ) – the major change is the addition of a section highlighting some of the pieces I built while in the workshop of Catriel Sugarman, in Jerusalem, Israel. I wish I had more pictures from those days. We did build some absolutely stunning pieces together.

Casey had the great good fortune to of acquiring a Holtzapffel lathe from a friend of his in South Africa. I had the great good fortune of restoring the lathe and using it for a few years. I loved that wonderful machine. Any real engineer would. I took lots and lots of pictures, and many of them are now in the Holtzapffel Lathe section of the Photo Gallery.

I had a great time at the Middleburg Winter Festival this weekend. Lots of nice people walking around, lots to see and do. It’s a small affair, and very well organized. Good music, good food and good weather, too. I met some very nice folks, many of whom purchased copies of my books. That’s always so encouraging.

Thursday evening will see me in Gainesville, Florida, at Books Inc, from 5:30 to 7:30. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Saturday evening I’ll be at the Historic Grounds Bookstore on Walnut St. in Green Cove Springs. There will be six or eight authors present, along with some good wine and good cheese, so dress nice (I have to, so you should, too), stop by and visit for a while.

Have a good week.

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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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