Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library is hosting a Meet & Greet during Jubilee on Saturday, May 24 between 9 AM and 2 PM

Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, with the support of its Friends of the Library organization, is hosting a Meet & Greet during Jubilee on Saturday, May 24 between 9 AM and 2 PM. Stop by our booth on the square to meet poet, Michael Hathaway and authors Shannon Smith and A. D. Trosper. A conversation with any of our local celebrities would be a treat and here you will have the opportunity to visit with all three! Books will be available for purchase. Be sure to pick up a raffle ticket to win a basket filled with reader treats and a signed book from each author. Raffle tickets ($1 per ticket or 6 for $5) are available at the library or the Jubilee booth.

Michael Hathaway has published 300+ poems in journals and anthologies, and has had twelve books and chapbooks of his poetry and prose published, most of which are at He founded Chiron Review literary magazine in 1982. More information about that is available at the Chiron Review website ( and Wikipedia (

Michael was raised and currently lives in St. John. He graduated high school from St. John in 1980, and has worked full time as “Keeper of History” for Stafford County since 2000. (A cat person, he also works part time for his veterinarian, mostly for the employee discounts!)

Shannon Smith was born in Great Bend and grew up there, coming from a long line of family that were born and raised in Barton County.  With a Czech and Volga Dutch background, she has lots of rich heritage to draw from for her novels.

Shannon describes herself as a fifth generation Kansan, widowed mother of three headstrong daughters and three wayward cats, Spanish teacher and clandestine novelist. Her pen name is Shakey Smith. Why Shakey you ask? It was her college nickname back in the day, misspelled and that was that! After losing her husband in 1988, Shannon moved to Ingalls in Gray County and taught high school. She moved to St. John in 2009 and teaches in Macksville. Shannon enjoys her grandchildren and photography as a hobby.

Shannon has written six novels. What does she write about? In her words, “I write about Kansas, I write about love : married love, parental love, filial love, fraternal love, even avuncular love. Ah, love—that whizz-bang mystery that hits us behind the knees like a string of cheap firecrackers and makes our hearts pop and sizzle. It lurks behind our every insanity.” You can learn more about Shannon and her writing at her website and blog:

Writer, mother, ruler of the world (inside her head)!

A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon's Call series. The first and second books are already out under the titles Embers at Galdrilene and Tears of War. She has also written a children's book and has three books planned for release in 2014. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

An avid lover of animals, she has rescued and rehabbed horses, goats, dogs and cats. When not writing, she spends time with her family and pets. She is convinced chocolate is a necessary food group and magic is real (not always the way we think it is, but real nonetheless).

You can find out more about A.D. Trosper and her books at: