October has arrived. Which means it is officially autumn. It is about ending the harvest, storing crops, and planting garlic and bulbs for spring flowers.

October brings chilly nights, making it perfect for cozy apparel, pumpkin spice latte, and warm weather recipes while gazing at the Hunter’s Moon (closely tied to the autumnal equinox) and colorful foliage.

We also celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October. A holiday that celebrates the history and cultures of indigenous peoples native to the United States, often alongside or instead of Columbus.

But October is best known for its Halloween Festivities. Halloween began 2000 years ago as a celebration for the Celtic New Year (called Samhain) and the end of summer. People would gather to light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits.

**NVWN Notes**
1. A reminder that our monthly Schlow meeting time is now 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

2. Our monthly social, held on the 4th Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, will now be at the Federal Taphouse. It is located above Target downtown at 130 S. Fraser Street. There are parking garages across the street on Pugh and Beaver. There’s also plenty of street parking up the block across the Post Office.

NVWN guest speaker: J. L. Delozier http://www.jldelozier.com; Twitter: @jldelozier; Facebook: @jldeloziermd; Inst: @jldelozier
So You Wanna Be a Writer: A Freewheeling Discussion From the Trenches
October 11th, 6:30-7:30 pm

J.L Delozier

As a physician, J.L. Delozier draws inspiration from science that exists on the edge of reality, bizarre medical anomalies, new genetic discoveries, and anything that seems too weird to be true. The International Thriller Writer’s organization nominated her debut for a “Best First Novel” award; her fourth novel, Con Me Once, won a Silver Falchion Award. Her short fiction has won an Omega Award and appeared in Artemis Journal, The Pittsburgher, Thriller Magazine, Retreats from Oblivion, and the anthologies, Noirville: Tales from the Dark Side and Writers Crushing COVID-19.
A retired Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Penn State, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and feline twins. Her first murder mystery, The Photo Thief, arrives on October 18th, 2022.
Questions from the audience are encouraged. Join us!

Upcoming schedule at a glance:
November 8th: Jerry Kammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist
December 13th: Open Read

What local book clubs are reading:

Inspirational Book Club
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
Meets every Monday at Barnes& Noble @ 10:00-11:00 am.
New members welcome!

CDG/SCASD Community Book Club
Final month for Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, October 19th @ 7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual

AAUW Book Club (Adelante)
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
When: Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, October 13th, @ 2:30 pm.
Where: Virtual

Well-Read Book Club
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
When: 4th Wednesday of the month, October 26th @7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual
Register at Schlow Library

For more information on any of these Book clubs, or if you want your book club listed, contact crevey@msn.com.