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Book fair brings Nebraska authors to library

November 7, 2017 GMT

COLUMBUS — Nine Nebraska authors shared their work Saturday during the fourth annual book fair at Columbus Public Library.

A variety of genres were available for the public to peruse as the books ranged from naturalist studies in the Nebraska prairie to a Marine befriending Russians in a time of conflict.

While most of the visiting authors traveled from Lincoln, the book fair also welcomed a few locals.

One such raconteur is Columbus High School Assistant Principal Angela Leifeld, who promoted her first published book, “Becoming a Woman After God’s Own Heart.”

“In this book, I encourage people to grow in their faith,” Leifeld said. “I try to focus on working moms who may feel overwhelmed and let them know that no matter how stressful it can all get, God is in control.”

Leifeld said her writing started in 1998 when she would send email devotionals to loved ones. Her quest into the literary world led her to write a second book set to be published soon.

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Rick Page of Lincoln has written short stories and poetry all his life. His material always stems from personal experiences, especially his time in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I brought my second novel with me today,” Page said. “I call it ‘FATE’s First Turn.’ FATE stands for federal anti-terrorist enforcement. People who like to read Tom Clancy and James Patterson would love it.”

Page said his novel describes what can happen in the wake of terror while adding a love story between a Marine and Russian.

“People always prejudge others,” Page said. “But when you walk a mile in their moccasins, you’ll learn we’re not so different after all. I wanted to show that idea through the Marine and Russian love connection.”

Another Lincoln author, Clark Haberman, creates a different form of excitement in his novel, “Dead Man’s Run.” After a cougar is blamed for the death of a young man, law enforcement officials warn the town to stay out of danger. A second body is soon found, and the town realizes there may be more than mountain lions on the prowl.

Kelli Keyes of Columbus Public Library said the book fair is a great way to learn about different authors.

“The variety of genres here is just incredible,” Keyes said. “This is the fourth year we have done the fair and it’s always so good to see the authors telling people how they write, offering encouragement and so much more. It’s just a really neat thing.”

Other authors who attended the book fair were Ken Leischner, Jacqueline Winters, Cort Fernland, Terrence Wachal, Valerie Vierk and Gladys Starkey.