A Poignant Journey – May 10, 2023

Join us with authors Eric Friedmann, JD Ruffin, and Paul Joseph.

Eric Friedmann, author of “It’s Forever Strictly Personal: A Final Nostalgic Movie Memoir of 1992-1999”It’s Forever Strictly Personal concludes Eric Friedmann’s journey through the movies during the eight-year period of 1992 to 1999. While he and the rest of the world embraced blockbuster motion pictures like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Independence Day, Titanic, and The Matrix, it was also alternative films like A River Runs Through It, Like Water For Chocolate, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects and Life Is Beautiful that captured the attention of his adulthood, and forever reminded him of the endless possibilities of cinema. Eric’s personal story about the movies is forever told with great memory and affection, for those who still remember when movies changed us, helped us to grow, and evolved into deep-rooted memories for all of us who loved sitting in front of the big screen and waited for the magic to unfold.



J.D. Ruffin, author of “Heir of Magic” As citizens begin to vanish, Guardsman investigator Keelan races to save those torn from their homes and discovers a sinister pattern: Only those with magic are being taken, but to what end? In a distant kingdom, the nation is rocked when the Crown Princess vanishes. Rumors of distant kidnappings fuel anger and speculation. Blame is laid on their neighbor. The King’s Council calls for war. Time is running out.





Paul Joseph, author of “Precious Cargo” – At the end of the 19th century, Mark Twain, wife, Livy, and Clara, one of his daughters, traveled around the world for a year. Twain was on a lecture tour, and his experiences were later captured in Following the Equator. One hundred years later, Paul Joseph spent an academic sabbatical in New Zealand while also traveling in Fiji, Australia, and Indonesia with his wife, Linda, and three children, Ian, Sara, and Danny. Drawing upon Twain’s notebooks and letters, his children’s journals, intense experiences, contrasting sets of photographs, cross-cultural encounters, and a quirky sense of humor, Precious Cargo compares the geographic and emotional journeys of the two families as they move through the same places a century apart.