An Evening With An Author

On Tuesday, March 3, my high school community officially celebrated a great accomplishment by one of our English teachers, Dan Cooke. Dan Cooke published his first novel, Melody, in the fall.

It’s a cook book, full of darkness, vampires, and all things macabre. It’s right up a lot of reader’s alleys. It’s not for the squeamish, though; Dan admits it’s racy and sometimes hard to stomach.

An Evening With An Author was held in the high school’s Media Center. Joining Dan to celebrate the publishing of his book was a former Board of Education member. She was on hand to hear Dan’s official dedication of the book to her daughter, Meghan, and to promote Meghan’s Message. Meghan was a former student of Mr. Cooke’s. Sadly, Meghan passed away in 2007 from ovarian cancer.

I introduced Dan, citing the milestones of his life and his educational background. But the real event started when Dan gave the audience (of about 80) background into his novel. He also read the complete first chapter, then fielded questions from the audience. It was a lot like what you see on C-SPAN’s Book TV. That was exactly as I intended it to look and feel. I wanted to give Dan a real classy event.

It was a great night and the first of such at my highs school. In the future, I hope to host another Evening With An Author with either local authors or other district faculty members.

Author: Michael Parent, Ed.D

Father, husband, school administrator in NJ. "Education cures poverty".

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