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The 'write' stuff

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February 28th, 2009

Shue SILVER SPRING, MD A group of distinguished writers from Riderwood, a community built and managed by Erickson, recently joined together for the first-ever campus literary event and book signing. The two hour event offered other residents an opportunity to discover new books and talk with the authors. "Living at Riderwood among other authors is wonderful and very stimulating," says Harriet Levy, author ofThe Great Affair. "It s a tribute to Erickson that this community attracts such high-minded people," she says. Literary excellence "One day I was speaking to someone about my book,The Great Affair," says Levy. "It was mentioned that there is other writing talent on campus. I thought it would be a fun idea to get all of the writers together. And that s how it all started." At the event, 15 authors met in the on-campus performing arts center, each with a table to showcase their book and any other supporting materials they desired. Books were available for purchase, and each author donated one copy of their book to raffle off. Guests also had the opportunity to sit down with the authors to discuss their works. "All of the authors at the event were fascinating people who had wonderful stories to tell about their lives, experiences, and expert knowledge on issues," says Daniel Dunne, Riderwood s public relations manager. "People at Riderwood are always finding creative ways to reflect not only their individual talents, but also the scope of their interests as they enjoy a special lifestyle on campus." Personal memoirs, insights Through their books, Levy and fellow author Ion Deaton share their own life experiences in a way that speaks to a wide spectrum of readers. "I wroteTales from Appalachia s Ionic Oneto document memories of my life and times, including Navy service, for my children and grandchildren and for others having an interest in Appalachian life during the Great Depression and World War II," Deaton says. His book includes 100 stand-alone tales and numerous photos. Levy s book,The Great Affair, details the joys and tribulations she experienced while traveling via motor home throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. "I ve always enjoyed writing," says Levy. "It seems to be in my blood. My advice to anyone wishing to write is to keep on trying. Write for the pleasure of it." Harriet Levy s husband, Stan, is also a well respected author who participated in the event. His book,A. Lincoln: The Man,offers a comprehensive depiction of Abraham Lincoln s family life, career as a lawyer, views on slavery, and political career. "There are a good many lessons we can learn from Lincoln and apply to our world today," says Mr. Levy. "He was decent and honest, a believer in hard work, in the sense that if you want to accomplish something you need to work hard. It doesn t come easily." Forward thinking Other authors, including Max Horlick, who pennedThe Pension Mountain: The Impact of an Aging Population on Social Securityusing his extensive experience with the Social Security Administration and the International Benefits Information system, where he still works, joined in the event, making it a huge success for the community. Due to its overwhelming success, plans are underway for another meeting of Riderwood s writing minds. "I m very glad we hosted our event," says Mrs. Levy. "It was very well received by the community and a good time for all the authors." "Riderwood s assistance and space were excellent," agrees Deaton. "Living here really supports my ability to write."