Books

Author offers a cyber-age guide to female adolescence

By FRANCES BRENT Total Package Girl urges girls to “Discover The Ultimate You for Life!” Author,  Grown-up-but-Girl-Scout-Forever- Kristi K. Hoffman is a long time Girl Scout volunteer serving and consulting at many levels. She has created a book/guide/manual/workbook that combines the old time values of developing body, brain and spirit while living in a world of hash-tags and snapchats and an evolving world of social media. Her goal is to help adolescent  girls acquire the self-understanding and skills to emerge from adolescence as self-confident, positive leaders. As a young woman, Hoffman, University of Toledo graduate and former WTOL staffer,  took herself off to Boston University to earn a Master’s Degree, learn how to be self-sufficient in an unfamiliar environment and to find her purpose. She emerged as a young professional determined to make a difference in the world. The mother of two teenage boys and a  fit former yoga instructor, Hoffman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur heading her own enterpriseTotalPackageGlobal.com that also works,  consults and trains in the corporate world. Her book, “Total Package Girl,” is aimed at helping girls deal with the now of growing up in a Social Media world and looking at the long term picture of who they want to be and how they want to be. Worksheets and activities help individuals working alone or in a group setting develop a Total Package: Body, Brain and Life Plan. Kristi uses the book in workshops and conferences sometimes as a pre planned program, such as the one upcoming at Notre Dame that will examine topics such as cyber courtesy and leadership skills. Sometimes it is a tool in crisis intervention after a suicide. The book, written in spritely language leaved by today’s techno gab, provides  guidelines on how to deal with a mean girl environment, and,  even better, on developing and using a support system and reaching out and supporting others. Total Package’s  “Be a Force in the World” ideas will be showcased at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle on Oct. 16. Aimed at girls 11-17, with mentors and others welcomed, the workshop  will be an afternoon of…


Fiction writer Wendell Mayo “All My Lonely Ones” to initiate Spotlight on the Arts, Thursday, Sept. 1

From BG MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Wendell Mayo, prize-winning author and Fulbright Scholar, has lived two lives, the first as a chemical engineer, the second as a writer and BGSU faculty member. Mayo, a professor of English and creative writing, is the featured speaker for the University’s Spotlight on the Arts event Sept. 1. His presentation, titled “All My Lonely Ones: The Short Fiction of Wendell Mayo,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at The Wolfe Center for the Arts. The event is also part of the Creative Writing Program’s fall reading series. Mayo started as a chemical engineer at the behest of his father, a nuclear physicist. His mother continually encouraged him to “dream big” and use his imagination. “My mother, the whole time, encouraged anything that had to do with creativity in me. She would read all my writing, tell me, ‘Don’t listen to your father, someday you’ll be an artist.’ She thought I’d be a painter, or a lawyer.” Mayo started writing seriously around 1982 while working for Standard Oil, now BP, in San Francisco. He enrolled in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program, continuing to work for BP at the Lima, Ohio, refinery until he earned his M.F.A. in 1988. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in writing from Ohio University, took a job teaching at Indiana Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and then relocated to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He came to BGSU in 1996. Though he wrote poetry throughout junior and senior high school, he now focuses solely on fiction. “Distances,” the first story he had published in the Houston magazine Touchstone, ruminates on distance and alienation, things he felt living so far from home and siblings. The second story, “Apple Orchard,” published in Wind Magazine, was about “the truth in the moment.” “For me, it seemed like I understood life, or I understood how I make sense of my world, in terms of important moments instead of in a longer narrative arc. For me, short stories are…


Candy, the beloved spaniel, still smiling in Carole Sarkan’s new book

By FRANCES BRENT “And Candy Smiled” was Carole Sarkan’s first book about a wonderfully hyperactive dog that lost a leg to a passing car. Carole Sarkan’s simple words and Emily Christoff-Flowers’ lush illustrations  mesh to tell a story full of the joy and energy of life embodied by one cuddly and expressively noisy dog casually overcoming a real disability. In the just published companion book, “And Candy Lived,” the message of the power of love continues. Death is never mentioned and life goes on in settings created by love, imagination and memory.  The scenes and sentiments are “So North West  Ohio,” yet touch on the universal themes of love, family and transcending sorrow. These are books to be read aloud and then savored alone for the gorgeously romantic illustrations and the sheer dogginess that touches our human psyche. We love our dogs. Think how the New Orleans floods showed that bond. To say children’s author Carole Sarkan is local is almost to re-define the term. Born and schooled in Bowling Green, she graduated from BGSU and lives in Grand Rapids. Carole student taught in Bowling City  with her former sixth grade teacher and spent her entire public school career  teaching in the BG system. Keeping the local story going, Carole, then at Crim, taught three granddaughters of her 6th grade teacher (me).  Time passed – and Carole, the one-time second grader, joined her seco And Candy Livednd grade  teacher as a colleague  at the Liberty Building. Now they are both retired and friends. Of course the wonderful illustrator, a BG treasure named Emily Christoff-Flowers, is a former classmate of Carole’s now living in Virginia. The two creative friends teamed  up to produce lovely books, the first nominated for a Caldecott award in 2013. Teaching has a strong pull on Sarkan still. She will continue to do workshops at area schools, using the two Candy books as creative spring boards. She will soon be sharing the wisdom of her teaching years as a University Mentor guiding student teachers. Books will be available locally at Calico, Sage and Thyme, various book happenings, including The Black Swamp Arts Festival, and on Amazon.com.  Learn…


‘Orange Is the New Black’ author to visit BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” will be on BGSU’s campus Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 to discuss her book and her life story. Kerman will be presenting as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series sponsored by BGSU University Libraries and its Leadership Council. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 7:30 p.m. A VIP event will begin at 5:30 p.m. All events are hosted in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tickets for the event are $30 for dinner and $100 for the VIP event and dinner. Tickets are available now at bgsu.edu/libraryevent. Kerman’s book chronicles her 13 months spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. In her book she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. Since her release, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, which provides preventative services for at-risk women, works to create alternatives to incarceration, advocates against practices like shackling during childbirth and offers programs to aid reentry into society. In her professional career as a communications consultant with Spitfire Strategies, she has worked on a number of criminal justice issues, including public defense reform, juvenile justice reform and the legal challenge to the “stop and frisk” laws in New York. She is a member of the advisory board for InsideOUT Writers. Kerman’s memoir was adapted into a critically acclaimed Netflix original series of the same name by Jenji Kohan. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show has been called “the best TV show about prison ever made” by The Washington Post. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Disability Services, dss@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495 prior to the event.


Winners of Ohioana Book Awards announced

From The OHIOANA LIBRARY COLIMBUS —  The Ohioana Library has announced the winners of the 2016 Ohioana Book Awards. The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, and Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors. The Ohioana Awards are among the oldest and longest-established state literary prizes in the nation. “From the nearly 300 books that were eligible for this year’s awards, thirty finalists in six categories were selected by jurors,” said David Weaver, Executive Director of the Ohioana Library. “To make this short list is itself recognition of excellence and selecting a winner is a challenge. The books and authors chosen as 2016’s honorees are truly stellar.” This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards, which will be presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, September 23. The winners are: Fiction: Mary Doria Russell. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. Ecco, 2015. Nonfiction: Wil Haygood. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Knopf, 2015. About Ohio or an Ohioan: David McCullough. The Wright Brothers. Simon & Schuster, 2015. Poetry: Nin Andrews. Why God Is a Woman. BOA Editions Ltd., 2015. Juvenile Literature: Loren Long. Little Tree. Philomel Books, 2015. Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature: Shelley Pearsall. The Seventh Most Important Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015. In addition to the juried awards, Ohioana for the first time invited the public to vote for one of the finalists to receive a Readers’ Choice Award. More than 1,100 people voted, and the winning book was Russell’s Epitaph. Ohioana also named Eliese Colette Goldbach of Cleveland as the recipient of the 27th Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, a competitive prize for Ohio writers age 30 or younger who have not yet published a book. Goldbach won for her essay, In the Memory of the Living. Named for Ohioana’s second director and endowed by his family, the Marvin Grant has helped launch a number of writers, including 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Anthony Doerr.


Lisa Chavers taps into love of relationships for first book

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Lisa Chavers holds onto friendships. She’s still is in touch with her best friend for first grade. Her 87-year-old mother says that Chavers, who turns 57 on July 4th, I “the most relational” person she knows. That’s not just because Chavers keeps in touch with people, but also because she thinks deeply about those relationships, what sustains them and how they shift over time, and sometimes how to discard them. The retired Bowling Green State University administrator has put those thoughts into a book “The Rhythm of Relationships.” She’ll have a reception and book signing for the book Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. “Over time, relationships can develop their own rhythm, pace, cadence, and unique sound,” she writes early in the book, and through its spare 105 pages, she explores how this happens. It’s told through the lens of her own life, growing up in Cleveland, both in the city and often visiting extended family in rural Twinsburg. A major aspect of her life is being a devote Christian. That’s how she was raised. “I know what I am and what I was trained to be from youth, a God-fearing young lady,” she said. Her acceptance of Jesus Christ as her savior in 1978 is so crucial it is in the first sentence of her introduction. She cites the Bible. But, she said, the Bible is a book, the Lord is a living presence. Still as much as she draws sustenance from her faith, Chavers aims to enlighten those who don’t share it into the importance of relationships and how they change and how that change needs to be addressed. As much as the book is the work of a lifetime, she traces its origin though back to a class in mission work at her parish, the Covenant Church in Maumee. She wrote a paper on her experience in Jamaica. On the top, the teacher, whom Chavers held in high esteemed, wrote in red ink: “You should write a book.” That…


Library ready to color your world with programs for adults

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY As June winds down, the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green provides several programs for adults that will help beat the “summertime blues.” Join us for a bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail, learn about five free apps you may be unaware of for reading free eBooks; rediscover coloring as a creative and relaxing pastime, and much more. Events are free and open to all. See you at the library.  Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids.” Adults, rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring.Second Floor Meeting Room.  Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. “Slow Roll BG: A Social Bike Ride.” Families are invited to join a leisurely bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail. Led by a Wood County Parks Ranger, the Slow Roll starts promptly at 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the trail’s Sand Ridge Road entrance (at the Montessori School). Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. WCDPL’s IT specialist Nick Sluka shares tips and tricks for finding your way around and getting the most out of your computer. Due to space limitation, registration is required. Call 419-352-5050 to register. Second Floor TechLab. Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. “Just the Facts” book group, led by Anne Render, discusses “Dark Money” by Jane Meyer. Second Floor Meeting Room.  Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. “Library Apps for Your Tablet.”We’ll explore five apps you’re probably unaware of for reading eBooks. Second Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, July 3 & Monday July 4. WCDPL closed in observance of 4th of July, Independence Day. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.  


Start a new chapter by learning to play ukulele at library

From Wood County District Public Library Book groups and ukuleles take center stage at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., BG) in the library’s upcoming adult programming for the week of June 13 – 19. Events are free and open to all. Monday, June 13 · Kristin Wetzel leads the Page to Table cookbook discussion group meeting at 6:30 pm in the Carter House. This month’s meeting focuses on “Food Network Stars.” Participants, may bring a dish prepared from a cookbook by their favorite Food Network chef, along with a copy of the recipe, noting any changes made. The library will supply flatware and dinnerware. Tuesday, June 14 · The library’s Diversity in America book group, led by Jim Litwin meets in the 1st Floor Meeting Room to discuss Sally Denton’s American Massacre. Thursday, June 16 · Coffee Talk book group, led by Kristin Wetzel, holds its annual “Book to Film Day” in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. At 10:00 am the group will discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Following a break for lunch, the group resumes its meeting at 1:00 pm to watch the book’s critically acclaimed film adaptation (Oscar nominee Best Film and Best Screenplay, Nick Hornby), featuring Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee, Best Actress). Sunday, June 19 · Ukulele playing is taking the area by storm, thanks in no small part to the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp (GRÜBS). If you have a ukulele and are looking for a fun, friendly, and helpful group to explore your instrument with, join members of the GRÜBS at 3:00 pm this Sunday in WCDPL’s 1st Floor Meeting Room. All skill levels are welcome; all you need is a ukulele and sense of adventure. Due to space limitations, RSVPs to the Adult Services department (419-352-5050) is appreciated, but not required. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.


Library offers adult summer reading programs & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Reading contributes to a limber mind, so Summer Reading Programs aren’t just for kids at Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green. A Summer Reading Program for Adults, “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” has begun and will continue through July 29. Participation is easy—simply report books read this summer either online at wcdpl.org/Adult_SRP or by completing an entry form available at the library. Sponsors of the program include the Friends of the Library, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, and Wendy’s. The library also has more activities for adults in store in the upcoming week: Monday, June 6 Monday Mysteries book group meets at 7pm at the Carter House (directly behind the library) to discuss Blackout by Connie Willis. The group is led by Mary Callahan Boone and Doris Ann Norris. Thursday, June 9 “BG’s Got Talent” starts at 6:30 pm in the Atrium. Enjoy an evening of family-friendly performances featuring Bowling Green’s brightest stars. Saturday, June 11 WCDPL IT assistant Nick Sluka offers an Introduction to Computers in the library’s TechLab starting at 10 am. Ideal for beginners, this class covers the basics of operating systems, parts of the computer—including important buttons and ports, and understanding basic applications. Due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050. While some programs may require registering in advance due to space limitation, all library events are free. For more information contact the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050.


Authors contend cooperation essential in solving problems

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Despite our best efforts, our attempts to resolve conflict sometimes fall short, and that feeling of being stuck at a dead end can cause us to give up and walk away. Yet we are social beings, and are instinctively drawn to working together, say Dr. Donald Scherer, a professor emeritus of philosophy, and Carolyn Jabs, journalist, author and BGSU alumna. When cooperation fails, “What is the missing ingredient and what steps can we take to supply it?” Scherer asked. In their new book, “Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart,” published by Green Wave Press, Scherer and Jabs explore this vexing question and posit five virtues that can help jumpstart efforts at solving problems together. For each virtue, they include three concrete practices to use. “There will always be conflict,” Scherer observed, whether in public or private life, among organizations and individuals. “We can’t prevent that, but we offer tools to resolve it and initiatives that show good faith — constructive steps that ameliorate the problem and help ward off further problems.” The virtues he and Jabs present are: Proactive Compassion: becoming more attuned to what is really distressing to the other party and attempting to foresee harm before it happens Deep Discernment: discovering where the problem actually lies and realizing that sometimes it is simply the way things are arranged that produces the conflict, and not the values involved Intentional Imagination: reconceiving what is possible, looking for the resources available and the connections to be made Inclusive Integrity: looking holistically at how well potential solutions integrate with other aspects, on both sides of the conflict. “We have to think about what it is and what it is in the process of becoming,” Scherer said. Creative Courage: recognizing that there will always be risks in any step and that not everything can be predicted, but still being willing to sort out which risks to take to achieve common purposes In “Cooperative Wisdom,” Scherer and Jabs share the dialogue they engaged in over several years after Jabs, then a graduate student at…


Library offers variety of adult activities

A tour of downtown Bowling Green highlighting the city’s historic past, coloring for adults, job coach sessions, and book discussions are among the programs being offered for adults at Wood County District Public Library in BG. Saturday, May 21 Join WCDPL’s Local History librarian Marnie Pratt and Kelli Kling of the Wood County Museum at 10 am and discover downtown BG’s historic past with a “Business in Boomtown Walking Tour.” The tour leaves promptly at 10, rain or shine, from the Carter House parking lot. Light refreshments will be served in the Carter House at the tour’s conclusion. Registration required. Call 419-352-5050. Monday, May 23 Coloring It’s Not Just for Kids. Come, join friends and neighbors who have rediscovered coloring—a relaxing and creative pastime for adults. Coloring sheets ad colored pencils provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” takes place in the library’s newly renovated 2nd Floor Meeting Room starting at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 24 Just the Facts, the library’s popular nonfiction book group led by Anne Render discusses Going Clear by Lawrence Wright at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Thursday, May 26 Meet with retired HR expert Frank Day from 9:30 am – 12 pm for a half-hour, personalized “Job Coach Session.” From polishing resume to reviewing job skills to filling out online forms: Mr. Day will you help brush-up where needed to stand out in today’s job market. To book a 30 minute session, call 419-352-5050. 2nd Floor. 10 am. Coffee Talk book group meets at 10 am in the library’s new 2nd floor meeting room. The group, led by Kristin Wetzel, will discuss Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, May 29 & Monday May 30 WCDPL will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Wednesday, June 1 Deb Born leads the Read for Inspiration book group in a discussion of To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander. The group meets at 10:30 am on the 2nd Floor. Friday, June 3 Discover the…


Sonnenberg’s “Gastown Girl” Documents An “Ordinary Life” Lived  Extraordinarily  Well;  Memoir Signing at Grounds for Thought

By FRANCES BRENT Lois Sonnenberg grew up during the Depression Years, in a depressed part of Tonawanda, NY known as Gastown, in upstate New York near the Niagara Area. The times may have been depressed but Lois wasn’t. An extended family, a tight knit neighborhood, strong female role models and her own joyful and intrepid spirit launched her into wider world. April 23, 2016 marks the celebration,  at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,  of the life of her friend and Colleague,  the beloved BG School music teacher Jim Brown. Sonnenberg’s table at Grounds for Thought from 2 to 6 p.m.  is along the Art Walk route. Her story, in part, is living the American dream in a small town community such  as Bowling Green. Eighty-eight years young now,  and with Otie, her husband of nearly seventy years at her side, Lois turned her energies over the last five rears, into remembering, researching and  writing “Gastown Girl.”   She recounts  a life, not free of challenges , so much as a life that was a non-stop journey to the next opportunity and adventure. Among the titles she has enjoyed: crack the whip survivor, cheer-leader, French horn player, Girl State delegate, US Cadet Nurse Corp Cadet, University of Michigan Graduate, registered nurse, dairy farmer’s wife, mother, grandmother, English Teacher, French Teacher, Wood County Language Arts Consultant, originator of Wood County Young Writers’ Workshop, bridge player, Independent Language Arts Consultant, BGSU Assistant Director of Adult Learning, antique dealer, St.Mark’s Lutheran Council member, Cookie Minister, church choir member, author. That is just a sampling. The book is dedicated to Tom Brokaw, that celebrator of obscure lives well lived.  Her primary audience, for a  memoir self-published on Amazon, is family and friends. The subtitle calls it a book published by five people in three states – parents and adult children. The family is wide, the friends are legion,  but there is an appeal to a wider readership. Here is a life of real accomplishment, lead with little drama, but much thought, love, and old fashioned entrepreneurship. Lois Sonnenberg is a  small town girl who  goes through one…


Lawrence Coates’ historical fiction earns top BGSU research award

By BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Reading Dr. Lawrence Coates’ fiction is to be immersed in another era, from the California of the first settlers to its vineyards during Prohibition and even the first dot-com bust of the 1990s. Coates achieves this resonance in part through assiduous research, making sure that all the subtle details render the sights, sounds, landscape and tenor of the times against which his stories are set. His achievements were recognized with the 2016 Olscamp Research Award, presented to him at the annual Faculty Excellence Awards on April 14. Given annually by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research to a faculty member for outstanding scholarly or creative accomplishments during the previous three years, the award includes a $2,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for a year. Coates, a professor and chair of the English department, has received recognition for his work almost from the beginning. His first novel, “The Blossom Festival,” was chosen by Barnes and Noble for its 1999 Discover Great New Writers program, and he has continued to win kudos and awards ever since on both the regional and national scales. He has been the recipient of the Western States Book Award in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. “For the last 20 years, I have written fiction set in California that explores and interrogates the interrelationship of space and human desire,” he said. The last three years have been especially prolific for him. He has published two novels and a novella and a number of short stories in literary journals. In 2013, his novel “The Garden of the World” won the Nancy Dasher Award in Creative Writing from the College English Association of Ohio. His novella “Camp Olvido” won the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was chosen as one of the top three novellas of the year. And his short story “Bats,” a departure from his California-based work, won the prestigious 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, given by Gulf Coast literary journal. His latest novel, also published in 2015, is “The…


Karen Osborn is a novelist and poet, despite – or perhaps because of – growing up among scientists

By FRANCES BRENT Karen L. Osborn, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing at BGSU addressed a young audience gathered on the worn pews of venerable Prout Chapel about her creative “Life on Mars.” The haircuts, hair colors and head coverings were varied, as befits a gathering of the artistic young. It was a comfortable audience for Osborn whose novels explore the difficulties of being young, not in isolation, but rather as part of the continuum of life. (The audience had its mature component too.) The evening was a meditation on the craft of creative writing, with learned and meaningful references to Chekhov, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. Interesting, insightful, intellectual and all tied to the Niagara River banks where she grew up – tuned to a dramatic natural environment and within a family that wanted to explain it. The depth, heart of Osborn’s writer’s craft developed as she grew up a “space child” surrounded by a scientific family that didactically and enthusiastically quantified and categorized everything. All this science was the other half – the balance of her creative world. This grounding in the observed world was a platform for her to start wondering about the unseen, to be curious about what could not be explained about human behavior. She is not afraid to explore the Chinese Boxes of the human heart – to follow one unanswerable question to the next as plot and characters develop. “Curiosity, vision and courage,” are required in her view. Karen Osborn, author of four published novels of great individuality, is a successful professional writer. She has the requisite list of foundation grants, awards, small magazine publications, and artists in residence postings that keep writers going. “Patchwork” was named a New York Times notable book. The recent “Centerville” was the fiction choice of The Independent Publishers Books. Osborn describes “Centerville” as a cyclone. The human effect and transformations that circle out from the core explosion of a bomb left by a vengeful husband in a small town drugstore are part of the shockwave. All seems idyllic on a hot summer day…