Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nine-Year-Old Author to Perform

 
Ava Roulier, who started writing poems at the age of five, will visit Daytona Beach to perform and discuss her newly-published book, With Cherries on Top. The Connecticut author is one of America’s youngest authors to receive a book contract and have her work published.
 
Ava the granddaughter of Port Orange poet, Daniel Pels, and has already given two recitals of her work in our area. “She asked me to teach her about poetry,” Pels explains, “but now her art has taken on a life of its own. She just seems to have a natural talent.”

The book, 38 pages of her writing with seven full-color pages of Ava’s own illustrations, was published by Daytona Shores publisher, Mary Custureri, founder of Taylor and Seale. “We are proud to have this book in our catalog,” says Mary. “Our research shows that Ava is currently the one of the youngest authors in America to have her book in print,” says Mary.
 
With Cherries on Top, at first, appears to be a children’s book, but a closer reading proves the poems to be more complex. “Ava’s imagination rivals even an advanced poet’s point of view,” says poet Dr. David B. Axelrod, whose Creative Happiness Institute will co-sponsor the reading. “We would like parents to bring their kids. Not only will they enjoy the show, they may be inspired to write their own poems and stories.”

Ava’s event will be held on Friday, April 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Jacob’s Well, 132 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Light refreshments will be available and Ava will sign copies of her book for sale. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Axelrod, phone 386-337-4567 or email
axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

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