Two contributors to the 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper’s summer fiction issues are in the spotlight this month. Michael Slom, who wrote a short story entitled "Snapshots of a Life Repeating Itself," plays with the Kindred Spirit band on Friday, November 11, at Triumph Brewery on Nassau Street and at Theo’s Lakeside in Hightstown on Saturday, November 19. Slom’s band was reviewed on August 10 in the "Battle of the Bands" series. Slom works at Ajilon’s Staffing in Forrestal Village.

The second author, Noreen Braman, contributed her 2003 story, "My Mother’s Table," to a prestigious anthology published to raise money for disaster relief efforts. The authors represented in the 316-page "Stories of Strength" are dedicating 100 percent of the proceeds to disaster relief charities, including the Red Cross, Americares, and the Salvation Army. The six by nine-inch book has 316 pages and costs $15.95 (www.storiesofstrength.com).

"This story, ‘My Mother’s Table,’ has taken on a life of its own, since its first publication in U.S.1’s Summer Fiction issue," says Braman. It was republished by Plum Biscuit webzine, and was given an award in the Tom Howard Prose Contest. "It seemed perfect for this anthology, which will benefit so many."

The authors came up with the idea of compiling an anthology to celebrate the strength of the human spirit while messaging at www.AbsoluteWrite.com. Among them is Jenna Glatzer, author of the Celine Dion biography "For Keeps," and head of the project. There is also a story and an original hymn by award-winning science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, an essay by famed actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Stand By Me), and a short story from Christian romance author Robin Lee Hatcher. The publishing company, Lulu (www.lulu.com), is also donating its proceeds.

"With more than 100 pieces from writers all over the world, and the gracious efforts of prominent editors and graphic designers, Stories of Strength is a tribute to the human spirit: celebrating true stories of courage and endurance in challenging situations that range from the death of a child to living through natural disasters, to smaller-scale trials, like dealing with returning an overdue book to the local Library Troll," says a press release.

In other news Howard Stern, a featured personality in last week’s cover story on Sirius Satellite Radio, had his knuckles rapped on November 8 when WXRK-FM in New York suspended the syndicated show in more than 20 Infinity Broadcasting Corporation markets. It seems that Stern spent too much of his morning FM show touting his move to Sirius Satellite Radio. His last show for WXRK is December 16.

Cover Illustration

Thanks to Avante Technologies on Washington Road for the globe illustration showing how RFID puts information at your fingertips.

Correction

Bramha International, not Brahma International, is the correct name for the company at Lawrence Commons that was profiled on September 28.

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