Mardo Williams (1905-2001)(center) began his writing career in 1927 as the only reporter at the Kenton, Ohio daily, The News-Republican, eventually writing a daily business column with byline for the Columbus Dispatch. At age 89 he wrote a book about his mother, Maude (1883-1993): She Grew Up with the Country, an intimate look at the woman, the country, and the times. Maude, now in its third printing, captures the spirit of a century and is a favorite with book discussion groups and college history classes. Mardo also penned an illustrated children’s picture book, Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles, a collection of 21 stories (for ages 5 and up) which capture the magic of childhood. In 2001, Mardo Williams was the first posthumous recipient of the OHIOANA LIBRARY AWARD for his body of work as author and journalist.
Kay Williams (left) is a writer, editor and actress. She is the author of an award-winning thriller about the theater, Butcher of Dreams, co-authored with Eileen Wyman, and has adapted it into a screenplay. Currently, she’s at work (with Eileen) on a suspense novel about filmmakers competing at the Leningrad International Film Festival, 1991, against the chaotic backdrop of a disintegrating Russia. Kay lives in New York City.
Jerri Williams Lawrence (right)is a former award-winning English teacher who currently tutors students needing help with composition skills. She is also a writer and editor, and has edited over 15 manuscripts, fiction and non-fiction. She is adapting One Last Dance into a screenplay. Jerri lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Jerri & Kay created the highly praised Powerpoint program Keep Dancing! that they have performed at libraries, social organizations, bookstores, and retirement centers, sharing their dad’s philosophy, “Live life every day.” The two also participate in book club discussions of One Last Dance in person, via speaker phone or Skype. If you’re interested in booking the authors for one of these programs, please e-mail Calliope Press: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kay and Jerri received a 2009 Ohioana Library Award for "unique and outstanding accomplishment in the field of writing and editing" for finishing One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love, and for bringing their presentation, Keep Dancing, to interested audiences.
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Mardo's daughters, Kay and Jerri, are interviewed by Merle Grace Kearns, Ohio Department of Aging, about finishing One Last Dance after their father's death.
Maude (1883-1993): She Grew Up With the Country
Maude started farm life as a pregnant bride of 19. By age 110, she’d lived through half of America’s history. With poetry and human dramas (two murders and a suicide), written by her son, a master journalist, the book shows the impact of the changing times on shy, unassuming Maude, her fun-loving husband Lee, and their four active children. An award-winning biography, with over 70 photographs
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love
After a disastrous first meeting, Morgan, 89, moves in with Dixie, age 79, strictly a business arrangement, both maintain. But Morgan has more frivolous pursuits in mind. When a troubled grandson collides with the daring course set by the lovers, not only does he save their lives, but he brings Dixie and Morgan the love and pride they’d lost decades before with the loss of their children.
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