Shelf Life: Debbie De Louise on Mysteries, Cats, and Connecting

Long Island librarian and novelist Debbie De Louise integrates her passion for reading with a passion for writing. De Louise self-published her first book, Cloudy Rainbow, in 2008, and has since had seven books traditionally published. “I’ve written steadily since 2015,” the author said. “I’ve Read More …

Shelf Life: Huntington Book Club Approaches 20-Year Milestone

Huntington offers a wide range of library and business-sponsored book groups, and there are countless discussion groups that locals put together on their own. One enduring local book club is just shy of its 20-year milestone. “Some years ago we started referring to ourselves as Read More …

Shelf Life: Bonnie Grubman on the Value of Picture Books

Bonnie Grubman finds endless enthusiasm in writing for children. “I love kids, and I’ve always loved picture books,” she said. “I think they are the most important books written.”  Before moving to Long Island, and before becoming an author, Grubman grew up in Queens. She Read More …

Shelf Life: Ella Schwartz Aims to Educate, Empower, and Inspire

Science, curiosity, and fun: these are the key ingredients in Long Island author Ella Schwartz’s children’s books. Though her books tackle formidable subjects—from decoding ciphers to understanding stolen credit in science history—Schwartz believes there’s a way communicate complicated material to young people. “I think sometimes Read More …

Shelf Life: Amy Giles Uses Novels to Give Teens a Voice

Award-winning Huntington author, Amy Giles writes to validate, connect, and give voice to teen experiences.  Giles began her writer life first as an avid reader. Obsessed with Curious George and his many adventures, she often found herself roaming the stacks of her school library. “That Read More …

Shelf Life: Writing to Connect Future Generations to the Past

Half Hollow Hills High School East senior Jay Nagpal is passionate about history. His resume is filled with major achievements: he founded the Dix Hills-Melville Historical Association; his National History Day project took first place at regionals; and he received the 2019 Brown University Book Read More …

Shelf Life: Alyson Richman on Her New Book’s Next Chapter

After her February book release, author and Huntingtonian Alyson Richman finds ongoing success with her latest novel, The Secret of Clouds. “The reception for The Secret of Clouds has been especially moving for me,” Richman said. “I’ve had such a tremendous response from the teachers and Read More …

Shelf Life: CFP Jon Ten Haagen Uses Writing to Make Sense of Numbers

Jon Ten Haagen is a Huntington certified financial planner who aims to increase people’s financial understanding through writing. “I’ve been in the business since ’82,” Ten Haagen said before adding, “I’m one of the dinosaurs.” Jokes aside, the founder of Ten Haagen Financial Group takes Read More …