Local Author and Journalist Meredith O’Brien

Her book is a touching real life story of pain, courage, friendship and growing up that chronicles the feelings and lives of the young members of a middle school music band who had to cope with the unexpected death due to illness of one of their classmates and bandmates.  Bernadette Duncan interviews Westfield-born writer and journalist Meredith O’Brien who will be at Bay Path University’s Writers’ Day on October 15th discussing her latest book Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2017).  You can learn more about the author and her book at mrclarksbigband.com.

Local Attorney, Professor and Prolific Author Steve Weisman

Amherst-based attorney and prolific author Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University in Boston, has become one of the most sought after experts on scams and identity theft in America – and this after being a victim himself.  The books that put him on the map? The Truth About Avoiding Scams (FT Press, 2008) and Identity Theft Alert (FT Press, 2014).  In this conversation, he describes the benefits for writers who specialize in an area of expertise and what motivated him to write more than a dozen books.