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Book Release:

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Event Type: Announcement
Location: Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore, 1009 Main, Grinnell, IA 50112
Time: Friday, June 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Categories: Business Open Houses
Kid Friendly

Event Description:

A gathering at the Stepping Stones Bookstore at 1009 Main Street in Grinnell on June 21 from 10-12 will celebrate a dream come true.

Connie Osborn, a former science teacher at Grinnell High School who has had Parkinson’s Disease for 30 years, has long dreamed of publishing a book she co-wrote in which she explains Parkinson’s disease to her grandchildren. 

The June gathering will celebrate the publication of that book, entitled “Jon and Nana Connie Have the Wiggles,” that she co-wrote with Karla Cornish.  Osborn plans to attend the event.  There will be a reading of the book at the event. 

In the non-fiction book, a grandmother answers questions her grandchildren pose to her about the effects of  Parkinson’s Disease.  She also explains the science of Parkinson’s disease—neurological, chemical, and behavioral.

Osborn and Cornish wrote the book 10 years ago, but the publication happened only when Betty Moffett, who played with the Too Many String Band at the retirement home where Osborn resided, discovered Osborn’s dream as they conversed one day. 

Moffett gathered a team, including Judy Hunter and Alesia Lacina , to edit and organize the illustration, printing and distribution of the book

The book uses images created by Yusef Dermerci that are offered for sale on Using Dermerci’s set of characters and images, Alesia Lacina constructed the visual layout for the Osborn book.

Total Choice Shipping did the printing.  Publication of the book was financed in part by a grant from the Community Education Council and in part by donations from generous donors.

The book is currently available at the Stepping Stones Christian Bookstores.


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