New Lincoln authors' book signing hosted by Lincoln Public Library
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[July 21, 2011]
Guided by a sense of adventure and
beginners' blind faith, two local women partnered their skills to
publish a children's book. The process was so easy and they were so
pleased with the results that they created a second book. Those two
books -- "ABC From Land and Sea" and "123 From Land and Sea" -- are
full of poems and illustrations of a lighthearted nature, written in
fun for children to enjoy.
The poetry came from Kathy Kesner; the illustrations were designed
by Irene Kueh. On Wednesday morning the ladies conducted a book
signing at the Lincoln Public Library and explained how their
"I have wanted to write a novel, but I
wanted to publish something now, not later," Kueh said. "So, I
thought something small would be a good start, to see if I could do
it. I pushed Kathy into doing the book, because she didn't want to,
but she finally agreed."
"I had never thought about writing poems for publication, but she
kept asking, and I finally agreed," Kesner explained. "It was not as
hard as I thought it would be."
"It's just like she wrote in the back of this one," Kueh said as
she turned to a page in "ABC From Land and Sea":
Irene birthed this book; then dragged me in, too.
She asked me to "tweak" it; make it special for you.
I kicked and screamed and tried to run.
Thanks to her for
the push. It's really been fun.
The ladies are co-workers at CEFCU in Lincoln. In conversation,
they discovered each other's abilities. Kathy's poems seemed to be
what Irene was looking for to fulfill her dream of publishing
something small, just to go through the process and find out how it
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Each page is filled with drawings of people, animals and figures
made from or included with letters or numbers, depending on which
book you are reading. The characters are colorful and fun.
Kueh is also a writer and is currently finishing a paranormal
mystery. There is no target date for publication.
"ABC From Land and Sea" and "123 From Land and Sea," by Kathy
Kesner and Irene Kueh, are available at two locations in Lincoln --
Prairie Years, 121 N. Kickapoo, and The Owl's Roost Bookstore and
Coffeebar, 427 Pulaski.
[By MARLA BLAIR]