The Carillon

Authors and Editors


Grayce Burian, B.A.’63, M.A.’64, published her memoir From Jerry to Jarka: A Breezy Memoir of a Long, Peripatetic Marriage. The book provides a textual and visual landscape of a period of great change in Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic and is a memorable record of the lives of two remarkable people closely tied to Czech artistic, political, and cultural developments over decades.

Thomas Callahan Jr., B.A.’67, is the author of I’m Sending You a Shamrock to Remind You of Home. The book follows the journey of Roscommon families and the Irish Diaspora, 1875-1950. Callahan is a professor, teaching Irish and British history at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Peter G. Pollak, M.A.’70, P.H.D.’77, has released his fourth novel, In the Game. The book, a murder mystery set in Albany, features a retired Albany Police Department detective. The events take place in a fictional John Boyd Thatcher Park, at the Omni Hotel and other Albany landmarks. In the Game is a prequel to Pollak’s second novel, Making the Grade.

Sally Valentine, B.S.’71, has recently published her fifth book, There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo. The collection of 78 poems for middle-school students, with each poem set in a different place in New York, takes an alphabetical trip through the state. Geography, history and whimsy meet in colorful collage to create a one-of-a-kind journey. There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo is available in bookstores through North Country Books and also from online vendors. More information:

David Fiske, M.L.S.’78, is the lead author on the biography Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of “Twelve Years a Slave.”

Johannes Froebel-Parker, B.A.’79, M.A.’82, M.S.’85, is the author of the Ahnentafel Series. The latest book in the series, The Life of Frederick Froebel: Founder of Kindergarten by Denton Jacques Snider (1900), was recently released. The author combines history with culture, while using familial experiences to make the books accessible to readers of all ages.

Mark P. Salsbury, M.P.A.’81, released Human Capital Management: Leveraging Your Workforce for a Competitive Advantage, a roadmap for current or prospective leaders and managers who seek to utilize their people as tangible assets in achieving organizational goals. The book is sold primarily through Amazon sales channels. Prior to launching Salsbury Human Capital Management, LLC, in 2012, Salsbury served as the senior vice president of Human Capital for Dover Corporation Product Identification Group.

Jeffrey Laing, Ph.D.’82, is the author of Bud Fowler. The biography, which focuses on the social and cultural aspects of Bud Fowler’s accomplishments as the first African American to play organized baseball, has won a Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee for “research increasing public awareness” of early African-American baseball.

David Schachne, B.S.’82, published The Trek, a comedy-adventure story of his climb, in Fall 2004, to the summit of Kala Patthar, near Everest Base Camp near Mount Everest, beyond 18,000 feet.

Michele Jacobson, B.A.’83, is the author of Just Because You’re American Doesn’t Mean You Have to Eat Like One.

Dr. Connie Numbers, M.S.W.’87, recently published her first book, The Dear One Letters, now in its second printing. Numbers also continues her private practice in both New York and North Carolina.

David Berger, B.A.’89, released his first Greek mythology/fantasy novel, Task Force: Gaea–Finding Balance, in February 2012. Berger is currently under contract to develop a film treatment, as well. His sequel, Task Force: Gaea–Memory’s Curse, will be out this fall. Picking up where Finding Balance leaves off, the novel will focus on the task force’s efforts to locate and defeat an ancient goddess seeking to destroy the Olympian gods. Both books are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. More information:

Marc Lichtenfeld, B.A.’89, published Get Rich with Dividends: A Proven System for Earning Double-Digit Returns. The book is a guide on how to obtain double-digit returns in dividend investing.

Mohammad Kazim Ali, B.A. ’93, M.A. ’95, published Sky Ward. Ali, recently featured on the cover of the American Poetry Review, is an associate professor at Oberlin. He is also the author of another novel, Bright Felon.

Robert Klein, B.S.’97, is the co-author of What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You! The book, written by seven leading retirement experts, tells readers how rules of retirement have changed and explains what they should do to secure their future.

Anthony Tony Howell, B.A.’02, released the prose and essay “Ice Does Melt,” In the writings, Howell discovers his true self through researching his family genealogy and unearthing layers of secrecy and shame that continue to plague the HIV/AIDS community.

Todd Douglas Keister, M.A.’05, published A Republic, if you can keep it: A chronicle of the American Counterrevolution (Patrick Henry University Press). The book is a history of how the constitutional government of the United States was undermined and ultimately destroyed.

H.L. Dancler, B.A. ’09, has written the novel A Father’s Journey, the first in a two-book series about unparalleled love, personal conflict, forgiveness and self-discovery. From May 14 to Dec. 31, 2013, Dancler donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of his novel to The One Fund Boston, which assists victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.