Local Author Happy Hour

Join local authors V.L. Purvis-Smith, Irv Sternberg, and Mary Crisman for our local author happy hour.



V.L. Purvis-Smith (Ginny) grew up on a Colorado farm replete with coal stove, outhouse, milk cows, and the admonition that, because women likely faced widowhood at a young age, only education and a profession guaranteed self-sufficiency. She earned a masters degree from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago) and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a special education teacher, pastor, school administrator, and English composition teacher in the United States, West Africa, and the Caribbean. She and her husband live in Westminster.

About Greenwood Riven:
Greenwood County’s ethnic and racial enclaves coexist in an uneasy truce on Colorado’s High Plains, but after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, a sign replaces “No Mexicans or Dogs Allowed” in the barbershop window: “Japs Shaved Free-Not Responsible for Accidents-25 cents for a Jap Ear.” Art and Martha Lundgren, still grieving their baby’s death, covertly maintain friendships with Japanese on nearby farms and replace farm laborers lost to the service with members of the Marquez family. Construction begins on Camp Amache to house people of Japanese ancestry forcibly relocated from the West Coast, and protests about its location in the county tear Greenwood apart. Martha confronts violence against her Japanese neighbors and investigates the suspected internment of former residents, decisions that threaten her life.

About Death on the Not-So-Blue Danube:
In this collection of three humorous novellas, aging Denver comic Izzy Brand stumbles over three murders and is forced to become an amateur sleuth to exonerate himself and his friends. With Hercule Poirot tenacity, Izzy identifies the killers aboard a cruise ship (Death on the Not- So-Blue Danube), on a fly-fishing trip on the Arkansas River (The Mayfly Murder), and in the home of an acclaimed Denver artist (Cobalt Blues).

Irv Sternberg is the award-winning author of four Izzy Brand mysteries, a historical novel, and three international thrillers, under his pen name, Mark Irving. A former journalist and speech-writer, he lives in Denver.

About What the Magdalene Saw:
Magdala, a small trading village just north of Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, shouldn’t be the center of something that could change the world. This is a troubled time as the Romans, who have colonized Galilee and Tiberius, is full of soldiers, vice, and conflict. The Jewish community in Magdala is wary of outsiders, of gentiles. The Jewish leaders stress the importance of not mixing with the Romans, of keeping their traditions pure, but it is not possible for these two cultures to remain separate.

Here, a young Jewish woman named Mary lives with her parents waiting and hoping for a man to take her as his wife. However, in this great time, Mary feels a strong pull to neglect her duties as a young Jewish woman and seek out her own path beyond the Rabbi’s teachings. She sees visions of lights inside her soul leaving her, and soon she sees only darkness. She fears she is cursed or possessed. She cannot speak to her family, for she knows they will see through her and abandon her. Darkness overcomes her.

Alone, she must set out to heal her soul but finds so much more than just her own salvation. Her journey begins, one that will lead her to a great teacher, who can heal her and return light to her life; a Rabbi who can truly save her. This great teacher is unknown to most. This man is from Nazareth, a backwater village west of the Sea of Galilee, filled with day laborers and the poor. How does this son from a poor Jewish family draw crowds of lost souls looking for hope and healing? While others look to him for answers and for healing, he is also fighting darkness. He too is looking for salvation; he too needs respite from loneliness; he too needs light. This is a journey that will lead to an unexpected place in a very familiar story.


Mary Crisman currently lives with her husband, son, dog, and cats in beautiful Denver, CO, where she loves spending time with her family and friends. She was raised Catholic but she realized at a young age that something was missing for her. She yearned for a more inclusive and open relationship with the spiritual and today she works to help others find love and acceptance of themselves and of the world around them.

She is a compassionate vegan who loves and cares for all beings on this earth. She is also a Reiki Master, an avid yoga practitioner and believer in the power of daily
mediation. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2008 and, after a brief hiatus, has made writing and journaling a part of her everyday

Event date: 
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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$23.99
ISBN: 9781535602426
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Published: V.L. Purvis-Smith - December 5th, 2016

Death on the Not-So-Blue Danube: A Collection of Izzy Brand Comic Myhstery Novellas Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781535202060
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 23rd, 2016