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October 14, 2009 > 'Meet the Authors'

'Meet the Authors'

Submitted By Janis Flippen

Personal challenges and accomplishments will be shared at a Book Reading & Signing scheduled for Sunday, October 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at AlmaVia of Union City located at 33883 Alvarado-Niles Road.

The event, held in cooperation with AlmaVia of Union City and Book Locker Books, will feature three authors: Saitia Faaifo, author of The Riches of Respect, Len Harris, Artos, Cockney and Russian Roulette, and Annette Langer, Healing Through Humor.

Known as Dr. Aloha, Saitia Faaifo is a dynamic combination of trainer, educator, motivational speaker and activist. He rose from modest beginnings as a Samoan growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He shares his success from starting as a dishwasher making three dollars an hour to becoming a manager at Comcast, making close to six figures a year. His unifying message and teachings of the universal language he calls "Respect," crosses cultural boundaries and helps dispel the stereotype of the Pacific Islander not being able to "make it" in today's world. Faiifo has written three books and has been featured on Hawaii's major networks. The Riches of Respect is a tremendous guide for living and is loaded with real-life examples which demonstrate the author's win-win and team-building philosophies.

Born in London, author, Len Harris has a colorful history after having been evacuated to the country as a child during World War II and later returning to the city and enlisting in the armed services. Upon his discharge, he worked in journalism for various newspapers and magazines and eventually immigrated to the United States where he worked in the newspaper industry, founded a public relations firm, hosted radio and TV shows, and authored three novels.

In his novel, Artos, Harris takes a fresh approach to the legend of King Arthur known as Artos the Bear and records Artos' battle, victories and defeats in the period of ancient Britain. His crime novel, Russian Roulette, is filled with mystery and intrigue and in Cockney, Harris provides a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences in World War II as seen through his eyes when he was a gunner, part of the RAF Lancaster bomber crew.

Taking two difficult times in her life - a brain injury from a head-on auto accident and breast cancer, Annette Langer chronicles her life experiences in her book, "Healing Through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life!" Her easy-to-read book provides individuals with the inner strength to get through hard and challenging times in life by utilizing humor, personal stories in addition to more serious and practical coping techniques. Langer was a finalist in two categories in a recent Writers Digest national writing competition and also contributed to the Livermore Wine Country Literary Harvest Anthology and O'Brien's Literary Speculator Bright Beginnings Anthology. She is currently working on her latest book, "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the World: Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent," detailing her travels to all seven continents.

The Book Reading & Signing is free and open to the public and the community is invited to visit with the authors and enjoy a selection of food and refreshments. Reservations can be made by calling (510) 489-3800.

AlmaVia of Union City is an assisted living and dementia care community, open since October 2005. AlmaVia is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance, cosponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Burlingame and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Meet the Authors
AlmaVia of Union City
33883 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 489-3800
www.almavia.org

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