Charles Bright will hold a book launch party for his mystery thriller, “Troubled Waters,” on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor at Marquart’s Landing in Washington.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. It also can be downloaded from Amazon on a Kindle or purchased from lulu.com.
Music will be provided by Joseph Eckelkamp, who recently appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during the run of the opera, “Rigoletto.”
He also recently conducted the band in the recent production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” at East Central College and is conducting for the upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. He is a member of several bands, including Juanita Place, Phase Five, Clara-fy and Schmitts and Grins.
A number of other presenters will have their artwork on display and available for purchase. They include:
• Marie Enger, who will discuss the artwork cover for “Troubled Waters.” Enger is a former student of Bright’s at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and a 2012 graduate of Webster University with a B.A. in animation (emphasis on preproduction and story design) as well as a double minor in art and scriptwriting. She currently freelances, doing designs for small businesses (including Straub’s and Abode Cafe in St. Louis), illustrating for magazines, authors and punk bands, and writing/illustrating graphic novels. She’s worked on several graphic novels (including a current 2012 comic community favorite, “Mind MGMT” by Matt Kindt), color restoration for Marvel Comics, and character and prop designs for Black Dynamite, currently airing on Adult Swim.
• The Rev. Kevin Schmittgens, who will discuss the theological aspects of “Troubled Waters” and creativity in his chosen profession. He is the chaplain at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and the parish priest at St. Joseph’s in Neier.
• Mary Eigel, who received her BFA from Quincy University and her MS in art education and secondary education from SIUE, will be reading from her work-in-progress. She is active as a chronic pain advocate, blogger and workshop facilitator of creative workshops focusing on pain management from a mind, body, spirit perspective. She will discuss the creative collaborative process in writing a first book. Eigel has served as an art instructor and adjunct professor at Union High School, St. Louis Community College, Jefferson College, East Central College and Maryville University. She is a past executive board member of the St. Louis Artist Guild, the St. Louis Watercolor Society and Our Lady of Lourdes School Board in Washington, and a volunteer with St. Louis ARC (supporting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families).
•Tim Buchheit, the theater guru at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and a great actor/director, will discuss his life in theater.
• Priscilla McMullin, a former student of Bright’s in literature and creative writing classes, will address the subject of hiring the right professionals to do the right job.