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New OLLI Authors

Featuring books by OLLI authors of the new millennium.

We invite the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute membership to submit information about any books that they have had published since the first OLLI was launched in 2001.

Author: Ted M. Alexander
Book Titles: After & Before (2015) and The Fall of Summer (2014)

Publisher: Greyfield Media
Available for purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Malaprop’s (Asheville)
Genre: Fiction
Blog: Write or Wrong
Written: During retirement.
Author’s note: A new look at past-life regression and a coming of age set in the 960’s.  Author: Shubert fellowship.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Asheville – Member


Author: Ellyn Bache
Book Title: The Art of Saying Goodbye

Published: 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Available for Purchase From: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Author Website:
Written: In 2009
Author’s note: I have had a long career as a fiction writer, with nine or ten novels still in print, one of which (“Safe Passage”) was made into a film with Susan Sarandon in the mid-1990’s. I don’t think novelists ever “retire,” really, until we can’t write anymore.
OLLI Affiliation: Furman University – Member for five years and (very occasionally) teacher of a writing workshop.


The Good, The Bad and The HolyAuthor: Ronald Baesler
Book Title: The Good, The Bad and the Holy: Stories and Musings From a Lifetime of Ministry

Published: 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and Kindle
Genre: Memoir – Spiritual Essay—Fiction—Biblical Drama
Website and Blog:
Written: After taking retirement
Author’s Notes:  Thirty seven years of ministry in Brazil, Puerto Rico and the US gave me an abundance of insights into the personal and spiritual struggles every person faces.
OLLI Affiliation: California State University, Fullerton – Member


Touched by FatalityAuthor: Anne Bellegia
Book Title: Touched by Fatality

Published: 2016
Publisher: Wheatmark
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Fiction
Written: After retirement
Author’s Note: It was my OLLI experience and connections that inspired me to channel some of what I’ve learned from 40 years in healthcare marketing and my retirement roles as a hospice and bereavement volunteer into this work of fiction. It is the story of a young widow relearning her world after the death of her famous husband in a tragic falling accident. As she questions the circumstances of his death, mystery ensues—in the actual and metaphysical sense.
OLLI Affiliation: Southern Oregon University – Member, Instructor and Volunteer


picnic-girlAuthor: William Justice Bruehl
Book Title: What the Girl at the Picnic Said

Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Published: 2016
Genre: Literary – Short Story – Coming of Age
Written: After retirement
Authors Note: An Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts at the University at Stony Brook, Bill Bruehl is a retired member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild and the author of more than twenty-five plays. He is the recipient of several fellowships and grants including a Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts. Between 2005 and 2016 he taught film in the OLLI program at Clemson University.  Now he devotes his time to writing, in this case 17 stories about a boy from age 5 to 35 and the antagonists and angels in that boy’s life.
OLLI Affiliation: Clemson University – Member & Instructor


Free to BeAuthor: Gracie L. Chandler
Book Title: Free To Be

Published: 2015
Publisher: Life Everlasting Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Written: Completed ten years after retirement
Author’s Note: CRECIE’S struggles begin the day the Union army invades the South Carolina Sea Islands and “frees” the slaves. Indoctrinated by four generations of enslavement, she faces unique challenges when pressed with the conflicting demands of newly arrived whites: the military, cotton collectors, and abolitionists.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Florida – Member and Instructor


Author: Fritz von Coelln
Charlie's ChallengeBook Title: Charlie’s Challenge, A “True” Story

Published: 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Available for Purchase: Amazon
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction – Animals – Bears
Written: November 2013
Author’s Note: Charlie’s Challenge is a “true” story. A Polar Bear came into our camp area the night that we arrived. He was pacing along the coastline of Hudson Bay, waiting for the bay waters to freeze so he could go out and hunt seals for dinner. He was hungry after a long summer of catnaps and roaming the forests. We named him “Francis”.
OLLI Affiliation: California State University, Fullerton – Member and Class Coordinator


Author: Lois A. Cuddy
Book Title:  Penelope’s Song

Published: 2015
Publisher: Big Table Publishing, Boston, MA
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Literary Fiction – Historical Novel
Written: After retirement as Professor of English, WMS, and Comparative literature, Univ. of Rhode Island
Author’s Note:  Penelope’s Song, a novel inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, is the life story of Queen Penelope, wife of Homer’s hero. Penelope is a subversive and transformative figure whose courage, creativity, compassion, daring, and leadership redefine heroism in ancient Greece and in our own time.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Rhode Island – Member


Author: Lois A. Cuddy and Claire M. Roche, Edited and with an Introduction
Book Title: Evolution and Eugenics in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1940:  Essays on Ideological Conflict and Complicity

Published: 2003
Publisher: Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg, PA
Available for Purchase from: Bucknell University Press, AbeBooks, Amazon
Genre: Literary Criticism – History and Criticism – Literature – Science
Written: After retirement as Professor of English, WMS, and Comparative literature at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; the late Claire M. Roche was a PhD candidate at University of Rhode Island when this volume was published.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Rhode Island – Member


Max LiebermannAuthor:  Marion F. Deshmukh
Book Title:  Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Modern Germany

Published: 2015
Publisher: Ashgate, UK
Available for purchase: Ashgate, Amazon
Genre: Art History – History – Biography – Modern European Culture
Written:  over a number of years
Author’s Note:  I recently retired as a professor of history and art history from George Mason University where I taught courses in modern German history, German and Austrian Art History, cities in Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. I also teach courses for OLLI.
OLLI Affiliation:  George Mason University and American University – Instructor


Author: Carl L. DeVito, PhD
Book Title: Science, SETI and Mathematics

Published: 2014
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Available for Purchase: Amazon
Genre: Science – Extraterrestrial Intelligence – Mathematics
Written: After taking retirement.
Author’s note: I am active in scientific and mathematical aspects of SETI. I’ve given talks at NASA meetings (most recently at the April, 2017 meeting on Astrobiology) and I am a member of the International Academy of Astronautics   committee on SETI.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Arizona – Instructor


Author: Richard A DienstbierBuilding Resistance to Stress and Aging
Book Title: Building Resistance to Stress and Aging: The Toughness Model

Published: 2015
Publisher: Palagrave/Macmillan
Available for purchase from: Amazon and Palgrave/Macmillan
Genre: Science – Aging – Stress – Mind & Body – Health
Written: Largely after retirement.
Author’s note: This book reflects the culmination of 30 years of research and thinking about building resistance to stress and aging.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska – Member for 10 years; chair of the Curriculum Committee’s Social Science subcommittee; I regularly coordinate or teach OLLI courses, often about stress and aging.


Author: Leta Powell DrakeKalamity Kate Book Cover
Book Title: The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraska’s Children’s TV Shows

Published: August, 2014
Publisher: Lee Booksellers/J & L Lee Company
Available for purchase from: and Barnes & Noble
Genre: History – Children’s TV – Nebraska
Facebook: Kalamity Kate; Leta Powell Drake
Written: After retiring at age 72
Authors Note: 58 years- and counting- hosting and producing TV shows; currently hosting a local TV show on Aging
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska – Member for 8 years: coordinator, instructor, council member, co-chair of Arts and Special Events committee and student


Author: John Ebenreiter
Book Title: ‘BYE, GEORGE  Blazing a New Nation: US War of Independence

Published: 2016
Publisher: iUniverse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and iUniverse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Written: After retirement
Author’s Note: As a tour guide a the Battle of Brandywine, I became enamored with War of Independence history. Since I had seven ancestors in that war, I wrote this historical novel having six soldiers reveal their battle experiences, hopes and fears, and lessons learned to a Philadelphia tavern owner before, during, and after the War of Independence.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Delaware, Lewes – Member & Instructor


For the Love of OperaAuthor: George W. Fellows
Book Title: For the Love of Opera

Published: 2016
Publisher: Aventine Press
Available for purchase from:
Genre: Opera – Music – Theater
Written: After retirement
Author’s Note: This book resulted from information I compiled in preparation for teaching an OLLI class on introduction to opera. I also teach a second class on opera, one on music in the theater, and a music appreciation course.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Virginia – Member & Instructor


Author: Dorothy K. Fletcher
Book Title: Remembering Jacksonville: By the Wayside (2010), Growing Up Jacksonville: A 50’s and 60’s River City Childhood (2012), Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville (2013), Historic Jacksonville Theatre Palaces, Drive-ins and Movie Houses (2015)

Publisher: The History Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon &
Genre: Regional History
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: I began my writing career in earnest after I retired from teaching high school English.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Florida – Instructor


Author: Chris Bergquist Fulmer
Book Title: Birds Wearing Clothes

Published: 2016
Publisher: self-published
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Collage – Children – Humor
Written: After taking retirement
Author’s Note: Birds Wearing Clothes is a silly collage book of … birds wearing all kinds of clothes! A hippie bird in bell bottoms. A royal bird in a tiara. A Texan bird in cowboy boots. Even a bird that believes pearls are always in style. This a book that adults or children with a sense of humor will enjoy, and it is a perfect vehicle for a parent and child conversation. What is a fez? Would it fall off if the bird flies away? Do birds need glasses? Would Roman birds wear togas?
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Florida – Member, Volunteer, and Instructor


Author: Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Title: Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People

Published: 2017
Publisher: Rutgers UP
Available for Purchase From: Rutgers, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Genre: General Interest Nonfiction – Anthropology – Sociology – Memoir – Health – Gender Studies- Literary/Cultural Studies
Author Website:  & Facebook
Author’s note: I have had a long career as a nonfiction writer of prize-winning books about the midlife, age, aging, and ageism. I write and blog for many mainstream outlets, including the NY Times, Ms., American Scholar, American Prospect, Nation,, Silver Century. My most recent keynotes were given in Barcelona, for the Social Innovations for Age Conference, and Graz, Austria, for the European Network in Aging Studies conference.
OLLI Affiliation: Brandeis University – Instructor


Author: William G. Hanne, Ph.D.A Snake in the Road Book Cover
Book Title: A Snake in the Road

Published: September 12, 2015
Available for purchase from: Book Services
Genre: History – Political Geography
Written: After Dr. Hanne took retirement
Editor’s Note: Having lived and worked in eleven states plus Vietnam, Croatia, Germany, and Turkey during his military career, Dr. William G. Hanne takes “travel writing” to new levels. Treasuring the uniqueness of a culture, Bill Hanne writes with compassion, wisdom, and humor about our common humanity and about the challenges of nation-building after military conflicts.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Arizona – Instructor


View From First Mountain.fwAuthor: William G. Hanne, Ph.D.
Book Title: The View from First Mountain

Published: November 24, 2015
Available for purchase from: Book Services
Genre: History
Written: After Dr. Hanne took retirement
Editor’s Note: The Croatian War of Independence ended with the success of Operation Storm on August 7, 1995. Less than five months later, Bill Hanne found himself part of the Democracy Transition Long Range Management Program and packing for Zagreb. With his background in military intelligence, plus graduate degrees in political geography and education policy and planning, Dr. Hanne brought a unique perspective to the job. 
OLLI affiliation: University of Arizona – Instructor


Shaping a Life coverAuthors: R. Jack Hansen & Jerry P. Haas
Book Title: Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

Published: 2010
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and Upper Room Books (print and electronic formats)
Genre: Retirement – Living
Written: After Jack stopped working full time but before Jerry retired
Author’s note: This book describes the personal transitions, opportunities, and challenges associated with leaving full time work and living in retirement. It is based on in-depth interviews of retired men and women from around the country.
OLLI Affiliation: Furman University – Instructor and Chair of Outreach Committee (R. Jack Hansen) and University of Arizona (Jerry P. Haas)


Retirement as Spiritual PilgrimageAuthors:  R. Jack Hansen & Jerry P. Haas
Book Title: Retirement as Spiritual Pilgrimage: Stories, Scripture, and Practices for the Journey

Published: 2015
Available for Purchase from: Amazon Kindle
Genre:  Religion – Spirituality – Personal Growth
Authors Note:  This book is a companion to our earlier book “Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement”
OLLI Affiliation: Furman University (R. Jack Hansen) and University of Arizona (Jerry P. Haas)


Author: Dr. Mark Hom, MD with Greg LeMond
Book Title: The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance

Published: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier/Academic Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genres: Exercise – Physiology – Nutrition – Biology
Written: While practicing medicine
Authors Note: As a biologist and physician, I found a way to connect recent advances in biology with fitness, health, nutrition, disease prevention, and the aging process. The theme of the book is based on mitochondria: the tiny dynamos in each of your cells that power your muscles, heart, brain, and every healthy system in your body. Legendary cyclist Greg LeMond explains the importance of mitochondria to athletes, his dramatic recovery from a near fatal shotgun accident, arguably the greatest comeback story in all of sports, and the mitochondrial myopathy that shortened his epic racing career. Both authors provide practical advice on the proper exercise, best nutrition, super foods, natural vitamins and supplements, and avoidance of toxicity to maximize your inner energy, increase muscle mass, and maintain mental acuity.
OLLI Affiliation (Hom): University of Richmond – Instructor


Author: Marie Laure
Book Title: Chances Are . . .

Published: December 2016
Publisher: Balboa Press
Available for purchase: Balboa Press
Genre: Memoir – Autobiography – Spirituality – Religion
Written: Over a period of ten years, completed in quasi-retirement.
Author’s Note: The book is more than something to read; it is a teaching tool which I use in my course: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.
OLLI affiliation: University of North Florida – Instructor and recent member.


Author: John M. Lester
Book Title: The Corn Singer

Published: May 2017
Publisher: LifeRich Publishing
Available for Purchase From: LifeRich Publishing & Amazon
Genre: Adventure – History – Romance
Written: 2012 through publication in 2017
Author’s Note: A coming of age story about a culture conflict involving a teenage Pueblo Indian boy, his attendance in an all Anglo school, forced travel, a brush with World War 2, and the performance of the most selfless act of his life.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Delaware – Member for five years


Author: Leon Leyson with Marilyn Harran and Elisabeth B Leyson
Book Title: The Boy on the Wooden Box

Published: 2013
Publisher: Atheneum of Simon and Schuster
Available for Purchase: Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Genre: History WWII Holocaust-Heroism
Written: After retirement
Author note: Both Leon and I were teachers.  Leon passed away in January 2013 after completing the draft of the manuscript. I worked on the final manuscript from February to June.  The book was out for purchase in August 2013.
OLLI Affiliation: California State University Fullerton – Member


Author: Dr. Richard Macdonald
Book Title: Inside the Gates – Nazi Concentration Camp at Ebensee, Austria

Published: 2010
Publisher: Xlibris
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre:  Holocaust – WW II History – Biography – Research
Authors Note: Lecture on books at OLLI, publically & internationally on Holocaust
OLLI Affiliation: Bradley University – Member and Instructor


Author: Dr. Richard G. Macdonald
Book Title: The Whooping Cough Germ that Became a Hero

Published:  2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Children’s Book – Biography – Medical History – Vaccines
Written: After taking retirement
OLLI Affiliation: Bradley University – Member and Instructor


Author: Harley Mazuk
Book Title: White with Fish, Red with Murder

Published: 2017
Publisher: Driven Press
Available for Purchase From: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoogle Play
Genre: Mystery Fiction – Private eye/Pulp Fiction
Written: first draft—2007, final manuscript, after retirement—2012
Author’s note: White with Fish, Red with Murder opens as a locked-room mystery on a train and develops into a hard-boiled romp through mid-century San Francisco and nearby wine country. My homage to the hard-boiled P.I. novels of Hammett and Chandler.
Olli Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University – Member


Author: Myra Hargrave McIlvain
Book Titles: Texas Tales, Stories that Shaped a Landscape and a People (2017) – The Doctor’s Wife (2016) – Stein House (2013, 2015) – Legacy (2012)

Publishers: Sunstone Press, White Bird Publications, iUniverse, Create Space
Available for Purchase From:, Barnes and Noble, and
Genre: Non-Fiction – Historic Fiction – Historic Fiction – Historic Fiction
Written: Never retired
Author’s Note: I wrote a family humor column for a regional newspaper and short stories while my children were growing up. I moved to Austin, and began writing historical markers for the Texas Historical Commission, which led to articles about the markers and eventually five nonfiction books about different regions of the state. I began writing a weekly Texas history blog, which grew into my latest non-fiction book. I also wrote two historical fictions about the wave of German immigrants who established the thriving seaport of Indianola on the Texas coast only to have it blown away in 1886. My first historical fiction is a coming-of-age story set in the last years of WWII.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin (LAMP) – Member, Former Chair, Co-chair, and History Committee Chair & Instructor


Author: Jack Meacham
Book Title: Talking Sense about Politics: How to Overcome Political Polarization in Your Next Conversation

Published: 2017
Publisher: Quaerere Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Political Science – Political Ideologies – Conservatism – Liberalism – Political Parties – American Government
Written: After retirement.
Author’s Note: How we talk about issues in American society, not changing our political institutions, is the remedy for political polarization. American politics is better understood from four fundamental, impartial perspectives—Loyal, Tactful, Detached, and Caring. Immigration, inequality, foreign policy, climate change, gun control, and other controversial issues are better understood from the four perspectives.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Oregon – Member & Instructor


Author: Chuck Miceli
amandas-room-coverBook Title: Amanda’s Room (Full, unabridged edition)

Published: 2012
Publisher: Hitchcock Lake Publications
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy – Paranormal
Written: Five years after retirement and with help and encouragement from several OLLI writing courses.
Authors Note: ‘I have been a member of the editorial committee for Voices and Visions, (the OLLI at UCONN annual literary and arts review) since its inception and have chaired the committee for the last three years.’
OLLI Affiliation: University of Connecticut – OLLI President


Author: Dr. Edward F. Mickolus
Book Title: 30 titles, including 14 terrorism chronologies, 7 terrorist bio collections, 4 intelligence books, including The Secret Book of CIA Humor

Published: 1980 through 2017
Publisher: ABC-Clio, Iowa State University, Praeger, Pelican, McFarland
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Biography — Research — Humor – Politics –History — Intelligence
Written: Last 4 decades.
Authors Note: I teach creativity, US intelligence History, Spymasters, and prolific writing classes.
OLLI Affiliation: Osher Institute at University of North Florida – Member & Instructor



Author: Bob Moss
Vibes from the ScreenBook Title: Vibes From The Screen : Getting greater enjoyment from films

Published: 2016
Publisher: Mill City Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Genre: Non Fiction – Performing Arts – Film – Film Criticism
Website and Blog:
Written: During retirement
Authors Note: Developed from an OLLI study group.  I lead several film groups at OLLI and privately.
OLLI Affiliation: Northwestern University – Member and Study Group Coordinator


Author: Edited by Nancy Natalicio Life in the Rearview Mirror Book Cover
Book Title: Life in the Rearview Mirror

Published: 2011
Publisher: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Paydirt Printing
Available for Purchase from: OLLI at UTEP
Genre: Memoir
Written: By the students of the OLLI Memoir writing class, conducted by Nancy Natalicio
Editor’s Note: There is nothing like a good story and first-person accounts of life experiences are the most compelling in evoking rich memories and provoking new insights.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Texas, El Paso – Instructor


Author: Marc Nussbaum
Book Title: Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Your Guide to the Next US Eclipse

Published: 2016
Publisher: Audible Rush Learning
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Astronomy – Science – Travel
Authors Note: Retired CEO of Lantronix and SVP Engineering, CTO and co-founder of Western Digital’s hard drives business
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at University of California, Irving – STEM Curriculum Committee Chair


poetry-catch-the-magicAuthors: Osher Institute at CSUF
Book Title: Poetry: Catch the Magic, an Anthology

Published: 2014 & 2016
Publisher: CLE Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Poetry – Anthology – Inspirational – Wisdom
Authors’ Notes: Catch the variety of voices from OLLI Poetry for Pleasure class at California State University, Fullerton. They take us on trips to foreign lands; they let us spend an hour in the garden; they whisper secrets, tell us family stories. Holidays, nature, love and loss, humor and friendship turn up on these pages in poems in both free verse and received forms.
OLLI Affiliation: California State University, Fullerton – 33 Members


Author: OLLI at FSU Writers Group members
Book Title: Life Lessons: Writings from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University

Published: 2010
Publisher: iUniverse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and iUniverse
Genre: Anthology – Collections – General
Written: by (mostly) retired members of the OLLI Writers Group at Florida State University
Authors Note: Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University in Tallahassee are enthusiastic creators of poetry, photographs, nonfiction and fiction. Life Lessons is a panoramic view of a generation older than fifty; the authors reveal moments from life as travelers, people-watchers, lovers of family, nature, and learning.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Florida State University – Members


Authors: Meryll Levine Page & Leslie Levine Adler
Jewish LuckBook Title: Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception, and Risky Business

Published: 2013
Publisher: Salt Mine Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Non-fiction/memoir
Written: After retiring from teaching high school history.
Author’s Note: This complicated story of two Soviet born women who style themselves “sister-friends” was mirrored by my sister and I becoming sister-friends during the research, writing, and publication process.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Minnesota – Member, Instructor, Committee co-chair for Arts Affinity courses


Author: Thomas D. Phillips
Book Title: Boots and Saddles: Military Leaders of the American WestBoots and Saddles Book Cover

Published: 2014
Publisher: Caxton Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: American History – American West – Military History – Military Biography
Written: After retiring from a 36-year career in the military and an administrative position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Author’s Note: I teach military history and Americana courses for OLLI.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Member since 2007


In the Shadows of VictoryAuthor:  Thomas D. Phillips
Book Title:  In the Shadows of Victory: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders 1776-1876

Published:  2016
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Casemate
Genre: American History – Military History – Military Biography
Written: After retiring from a 36-year career in the military and an administrative position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Author’s Note:  I teach military history and Americana courses for OLLI
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska Lincoln – Member since 2007


Changing Course Book CoverAuthor: William A. Sadler, Ph.D. with James Krefft, Ph.D.
Book Title: Changing Course: Navigating Life after 50

Published: 2008
Publisher: The Center for Third Age Leadership Press
Available for purchase from: The Center for Third Age Leadership and Amazon
Genre: Positive Aging – Redefining Retirement – Self-help
Written: After retirement from teaching at Holy Names University
Author’s Note: This book is the second publication from 25 years of longitudinal research following people creatively redesigning life after 60. I have been teaching at OLLI, U. of So. Maine using this book for the past ten years.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Southern Maine


Author: Nelson Sartoris
Book Title: Brain Slivers

Published: 2016
Publisher: Ars Poetica, Division of Pisgah Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Genre: Poetry
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: I spent most of my life in a world seemingly far removed from poetry. I earned my Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Northwestern University. For 37 years I was a Professor of Organic Chemistry.  Since retiring and moving to Asheville, NC, in 2005, I have taken over 120 courses at OLLI and began writing poetry after taking a poetry writing class a couple years ago. Perhaps my two realms of organic chemistry and poetry are not as disparate as they might seem at first glance. To quote Ernest Borek, “Science is the poetry of the intellect. Organic chemistry contains some of the noblest, yet least appreciated, passages in the collected volumes of the poetry of the human mind.”
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Asheville – Member and Instructor


Author: Susan Sarver
Book Title: Returning to College, Continuing to Learn, After 50

Published: 2017
Publisher: New Forums Press, Inc.
Available for Purchase from: Amazon & New Forums Press
Genre: Nonfiction—Education
Authors Note: I completed my MFA in creative writing at age 60
OLLI Affiliation: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon – Member


Author: Sharon Scholl
Summer's ChildBook Title: Summer’s Child

Published: 2016
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Poetry
Website: (my other life as a composer)
Written: After retirement
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Florida – Instructor and member since 2006


Author: Melissa Kotler Schwartz
Book Title: Strangers I Have Known

Published: 2016
Publisher: Amazon
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Human Interest
Written: After many encounters with strangers
Authors Note: I teach English at a two-year college and Guided Autobiography at OLLI.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Cincinnati – Instructor


Author: Michael K. Shaffer
Book Title: Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War

Published: 2012
Publisher: The History Press
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Civil War History: Non-fiction
Author Website:
Author’s note: Historian Michael K. Shaffer gives a detailed narrative of Washington County during the Civil War, painting vivid images of heroism on and off the battlefield.
OLLI Affiliation: Kennesaw State University-Instructor


Author: Tom Sheeran
Book Title: Artists of the Loom – The Ayacucho Weavers of PeruArtists of the Loom Book Cover

In English and Spanish
Published: 2014
Publisher: Costasur Publishing
Available for purchase from: Fototropix on Etsy website
Genre: Art – Traditional Crafts – Peru – History
Written: After taking retirement
Authors Note: I teach a variety of courses, some having to do with Peru. I led a tour from our OLLI there several years ago which included a visit to the weavers in Ayacucho.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Hawaii at Mānoa – Instructor


Author: Katherine A. Simons
Book Titles: Are you filled with JOY? Color me joy; Are you making a HOME? Color me home; Are you walking by FAITH? Color me faith; Are you finding a TREASURE? Color me treasure; Will You Be Part of a TEAM? Color me team

Published: 2016
Publisher: Parson’s Porch Books
Available for Purchase From: & Amazon
Genre: Religion – Children
Author’s note: Written for coloring fans and caregivers pondering a life question in response to a scripture, conversation, reflection and action thru Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Delaware – Member


Authors: Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood
Book Title: Let’s Make Money, Honey: The Couple’s Guide to Starting a Service Business

Published: 2015
Publisher: GuideWords Publishing
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Careers – Business – Retirement
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: We are OLLI members who wrote this book because we wanted to help other Boomer couples learn how to start a business together. As husband and wife, we ran a small service business together and thought our experience would be valuable to share.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Asheville – Members


Author: Connie Springer
Book Title: POSITIVELY NINETY: Interviews with Lively Nonagenarians

Published: 2013
Publisher: Larkspur Productions
Available for Purchase from: The author at or Amazon
Genre: Biography — Aging — Nonagenarian — Inspirational — Photography
Written: While continuing to do freelance work (am not officially retired yet!)
Authors Note: I started taking OLLI classes after I wrote this book. My favorite class has been Guided Autobiography — I know how to write about others, but when it comes to writing about myself, I needed guidance. This book was produced as part of a traveling exhibit featuring the nonagenarian interviews and photos. The exhibit can still be rented.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Cincinnati – Member


Author: Bob Strother Shugs Place-Front Cover
Book Title: Shug’s Place

Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing Company
Published: 2013
Available for purchase from: Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Genre: Mystery, Crime
Written: After taking retirement
Author’s Note: A novel-in-stories, Shug’s Place takes place in 1980s Detroit
OLLI Affiliation: Furman University – Member


Author: Bob Strother
Book Title: Burning TimeBurning Time-Cover

Publisher: MoonShine Press
Published: 2015
Available for purchase at: Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Written: After taking retirement
Author’s Note: Story of an abused girl’s triumph over adversity in early 1900s
OLLI Affiliation: Furman University – Member


Author: William Swarts
Book Titles: Strickland Plains & Other Poems and Harmonies Unheard

Published: 2009 and 2016
Publishers: Black Buzzard Press and David Roberts Books
Available for Purchase from: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Genre: Poetry
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: One critic has said this about my work: “Presenting human experiences with the strength of a compassionate, yet probing, authorial voice, William Swarts poems ought to appeal to both poetry lovers and to those who usually eschew lyricism. His verses resonate with rich images; his themes are humanly universal. Moreover, the poems are meticulously sculptured by a writer experienced with the tools of pure language and of a keen sense of poetics. I unequivocally recommend this book.” Richard Sweterlitsch, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Vermont.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Asheville – Member & Instructor


Author: Lorraine K. Vail
From Any WindowBook Title: From Any Window

Published: 2012
Publisher: Wheatmark
Available for Purchase from: Amazon and other online retailers
Genre: Fiction
Written: After retirement
Author’s Note: A tender tale of a multi-generational Oregon farming family and the ever-changing landscape of rural America.
OLLI Affiliation: Southern Oregon University – Member since 2012. Have served as instructor; landscape committee member; Chair, Strategic Plan Task Force; Board Director, Treasurer, and President-elect.


Author: George Waas
Book Titles:  Retired….and Loving It!! (2012) – The Great American Short Story (2012) – The Source (2012) – On Third Thought…(2015)

Publisher: AuthorHouse
Available for Purchase: Barnes and Noble and
Genre: Autobiography – Memoir – Non-Fiction
Written: After retirement
Author’s Note: I am a retired lawyer who spent more than 32 years in Florida government.  It occurred to me that each one of us leads a distinctive, unmatched life.  I wrote about mine, and encourage others to write about theirs.
OLLI Affiliation: Florida State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  – Member and Co-Chair of Travel Club


Author: Margot Wallace
Book Title:  Consumer Research for Museum Marketers (2010); Writing for Museums (2014); Museum Branding: How to Create and Maintain Image, Loyalty and Support, Second Edition (2016)

Publisher: AltaMira Press, Rowman & Littlefield
Available for Purchase from: Amazon &
Genre: Marketing
Written: As an associate professor of marketing at Columbia College Chicago
Authors Note: I pioneered the field of museum branding with the first edition of Museum Branding (2006).
OLLI Affiliation: Northwestern University – Member


Author: Steve Wechselblatt
Book Title: Diamonds and Moths

Published: 2017
Publisher: Black Bomb Books
Available for Purchase from:  Amazon
Genre: Short Fiction – Magical Realism
Written: After retirement
Author Note: These tiny stories revive a childlike sense of wonder. Diamonds are those eternal, ecstatic moments, while moths vanish as quickly and miraculously as they appear. And yet, both are essential.
OLLI Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Asheville – Member


Author: Kenneth C. Weiler
European Theater AnthologyBook Title: The European Theater Anthology of World War II

Published: 2013
Publisher: Ostfront Publications, LLC
Availabile for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Research – Reference – European Theater WWII
Written: After taking retirement
Authors Note: I teach both introductory and advanced military history classes
OLLI Affiliation: PennState University, York Campus – Instructor


Author: Kenneth C. Weiler
A Winnable WarBook Title: A Winnable War?

Published: 2016
Publisher: Ostfront Publications, LLC
Availabile for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Reference – Research – Concept Study
Written: After taking retirement
Authors Note: I teach both introductory and advanced military history classes
OLLI Affiliation: PennState University, York Campus – Instructor


Author: Ariela L. Zucker
Book Title: Chasing Memories: Anatomy of a Family SearchChasing Memories Book Cover

Published: 2013
Publisher: Paper Dragon
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Family Relationships
Written: After taking retirement
Author Note: Chasing Memories is about a journey. Its goals are to inspire other fellow travelers while sharing with them the knowledge I gained on how to conduct a genealogical research, starting from zero.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Southern Maine – Member

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Author: Sharon M. Lippincott
Book Title:
The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lighthouse Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Biography — Research — Methodology — Handbooks, manuals
Written: After taking retirement.
Authors Note: ‘I teach both beginning and advanced life story writing classes.’
OLLI Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon Osher Institute (Member & Instructor)

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