Author Expo 2014 at the Birmingham Library
Author Expo 2014 was held on Saturday, February 1, at the Central Birmingham Public Library. Jared Millet of the library staff was the organizer and wonderful host for this important event that showcased many Alabama authors, including five of Ardent Writers’ best.
Larry Williamson (Legend of the Tallassee Carbine) and friend Ann Beatty attended. Ann is from the town of Slapout, Alabama (how about that name, folks; you won’t forget that) but also celebrated her birthday on this day. Also in attendance with publisher Steve Gierhart (Shadow of the Conjurer) were authors Greg Starnes (Hollers from the Hollows), Michael P. Wines (Stupid Alabama), and Carol P. Ealons (Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong).
Annie Laura Smith (Twilight of Honor) had planned on attending but eye surgery issues caused her to cancel. We’ll be thinking about you Annie!
Of special note was the attendance of new member of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Writers’ Forum, Chervis Isom, who showcased Newspaper Boy, his highly regarded memoir of growing up in the turbulent 1960s as a young boy and newspaper carrier. Publisher Steve Gierhart is the North Alabama member of the board.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.