Join us on Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. when local author Bill Lamperes will be at the bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his eight novels.
About the Author
Bill Lamperes grew up in Chicago and spoke Greek and German in his home. After spending thirty years as an educator in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bill moved to Arizona and invented an alternative school based on the ideas in his book, Making Change Happen: Shared Vision, No Limits. (Bill served as the principal of Fort Collins’ own Centennial High School for twelve years.)
After retiring a second time, Bill began writing novels in 2008. The Artifact is Bill’s ninth novel and his first attempt at writing historical fiction.
Bill returned home to Fort Collins last summer. After a ten year absence, he purchased a home in Fort Collins, close enough to Old Town to soak in the vibrant life of a familiar place he left years ago. Bill has two sons who also live and work in Fort Collins.
Books by Bill Lamperes
Making Change Happen: Shared Vision, No Limits, Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Education, 2004. The story explains how a group of educators redesigned an alternative high school and turned it into a national education model. The book outlines more than one hundred strategies the staff used to modify its program, motivate students to succeed and garner support from the district administrators and community.
Bar Exam: Tavern Tales and Reflections, Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2009. The book presents a fascinating dialogue between ordinary regulars who frequent The Benbow Inn, a hotel tucked along the Eel River in Northern California. Weekly discussions range from the meaning of life to how to make love last. Their stories, filled with humor, sadness and hope, speak to the desire in all of us to make a difference and live a fulfilled life.
Depositions, Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2009. A prominent citizen of a small Illinois community dies in a one-car accident. It’s routine to the authorities until the police discover the victim, dressed in a three-piece suit, is wearing his bedroom slippers. The twisting tale of suspense and mystery creates trouble for a nosey writer looking for an idea for his next novel. Co-authored with the spirit of Leon Palles, a man who died in 1996, the novel emerged from his original screenplay.
The Attendant, Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2010. The Attendant was originally posted on the Internet as an April Fools joke by the Bristol Evening Report (April 1, 2007, in London, England. The book transitioned into a novel when the author decided to create a story that gives life to the factitious parking lot attendant who thought he successfully scammed the system. This romantic mystery focuses on a manhunt that moves from New York City to the Greek Islands of the Aegean.
Out of the Zone, Glendale, Arizona: New Visions Publishing, 2011. A novella dedicated to the Oak Park High School graduating class of 1961 is the story of a man who returns to his high school reunion in order to resolve past sins. Leaving town immediately after graduation because of an indiscretion that turned his entire class against him, he wants to apologize for what happened in the past and find the answer to a question that has plagued him since he left his hometown: Who found greater happiness, those who made a life in their comfort zone, or those who pursued their dream out of the zone?
Voices, Glendale, Arizona: New Visions Publishing, 2012. Voices tells the story of a writer whose wife is killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident. In his quest to find justice, the writer listens to the voices of ghosts, spirits and humans who provide him clues to help solve the crime. Voices is a fast-paced mystery novel that takes the reader on an adventure to various haunted hotels from Phoenix to Colorado and back.
Jinx, co-authored with John Judson, Glendale, Arizona: New Visions Publishing, 2012. Jinx is the story of a precocious teenager who gets into trouble attempting to torch her mother as she sleeps. Her action leads her to become incarcerated in a mental institution for adolescents where she is placed under the care of a flawed psychiatrist named John Bonner. Poignant counseling sessions and sensitive journal entries reveal a teen who must deal with a turbulent and painful past. Her future life becomes inextricably intertwined with that of her doctor.
Sierra: Shrink to Fit, is a companion book to Jinx. The story follows Dr. John Bonner to California to deal with his ex-wife and his estranged daughter. Meanwhile, Jinx, now called Sierra, remains in Phoenix to face a new set of challenges.