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Passages & Prose 2016

Lillie Leonardi

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Passages & Prose 2016

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Join regional and national authors for the 2nd Annual Passages & Prose: A Gathering of Authors & Their Books literary event on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel.

Hosted in collaboration by author and lecturer Lillie Leonardi and Cooper-Siegel Community Library, Passages & Prose 2016 gives writers an opportunity to introduce themselves and connect on a more personal level with readers. 

The Main Stage on the ground floor will feature nine authors including the "Morning Bookend" author, Judy Bannon (Five Ladies & A Forklift) at 10:00 a.m.; "Mid-Day Presenter", author Dr. Shellie Hipsky (Common Threads trilogy) at Noon; and "Afternoon Bookend", author Philip Beard (SWING) at 3:00 p.m.

The Chit Chat Series will be held on the main floor where guests will have the opportunity to visit 18 additional authors throughout the day to learn more about them and their books. 

In the Family Area, activities for children and teens will include:

  • a kick-off performance from Pittsburgh PuppetWorks;
  • a special appearance from The Queen of Hearts (Characters by Kim);
  • and Chit-Chat Series children and teen authors: Stephanie Keyes, Joshua David Bellin, Dana Faletti, Stacy Innerst, and Debbie Mancini.

In collaboration with WQED, winners of its annual Writers Contest will also read their stories aloud for a special story time. 

A Mandala Art Meditation Workshop will be taught by Mara Carlini of The Mindful Living Wellness Center from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration will be limited 10 people and RSVPs will be taken at the event. The workshop includes:

  • guided meditation;
  • learning to draw Mandalas;
  • all supplies;
  • exploring mindfulness meditation with Art;
  • and taking home your own Mandala!

Barnes & Noble Booksellers will be on-hand to sell the authors' books. 

Passages & Prose 2016 is a FREE event, but donations to Cooper-Siegel Community Library are encouraged.

For a full line-up and the most up-to-date infomation visit: www.passagesandprose.com.


Special Thanks To:
Cooper-Siegel Community Library 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Branches of Healing Magazine 
Cribs For Kids
Embroidery From The Heart
Mindful Living Wellness Center
Allegheny County Library Association
Characters by Kim
Pittsburgh PuppetWorks
RADical Days
Shaler North Hills Library
Springdale Free Public Library



Passages & Prose 2016 Planning Committee
Kim Adley
Laurie Anderson

Ann Andrews
Selina Blinn
Dee Clark
Beth A. Lawry
Lillie Leonardi
Gina Masciola
Jill McConnell
Sharon McCrae
Maria Rose Pisano
Joyce Wilk

Have questions about Passages & Prose 2016? Contact Lillie Leonardi

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Cooper-Siegel Community Library
403 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Lillie Leonardi

After serving for more than 25 years, Lillie Leonardi retired from law enforcement to pursue her lifetime passion for writing.

Her first non-fiction book about her experience as a responder on 9/11 entitled, In the Shadow of a Badge was released in 2013 with Hay House and sold over 30,000 copies globally. In February 2016, Lillie released her second book with Hay House titled, The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive. An eBook titled, Before I Go was released in 2016 through Amazon Kindle Publishing and was co-authored by Lillie with her eldest grandchild. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Heal Your Life digital publications.

On 9/11 and in the post days of recovery, Lillie was utilized by the FBI to address law enforcement, government, and social service agency representatives assisting with evidence recovery and preparations for two memorial services at the Flight 93 crash site. She not only served as primary liaison to the United Airlines Humanitarian Response Team—presenting at daily briefings and interacting with surviving family members—but also escorted families to the crash site for the memorial services.

From 1998 to 2010, Lillie was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division as its Community Outreach Specialist. She also worked under the auspice of the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania, and served with a prestigious group of instructors. Lillie provided training on various subjects including: community policing, crime prevention, cultural competency, hate crimes, responding to a major incident, threat assessment, and violence reduction.

Prior to her career with the FBI, Lillie worked as the lead law enforcement officer on two college campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1984, she was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. In spring 2016, Lillie was an honoree at the Women of Achievement Awards, an annual event hosted by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. and his wife Mary Zappala in collaboration with the non-profit Cribs For Kids®.

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