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Batavia event by Waterline Writers to showcase four authors

BATAVIA – The last Waterline Writers event of the season will feature writers Wayne Johnson, Lou Holly, Elizabeth Russell and David Berner at 7 p.m. May 19 at Water Street Studios in Batavia.

The evening is open to all, and writers may bring a five-minute piece to share at the 8:30 p.m. open mic. Admission costs $5, $3 for students. Available for purchase will be signed copies of authors’ books, as well as wine and beer, plus hand-constructed journals from Tieri Ton Books. 

The group meets each third Sunday from autumn through May in the art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. For information, contact Cathy Borders at Submissions should be sent to Visit

Featured writers

Wayne Johnson has been a stage and film actor, rock musician, ghostwriter, industrial engineer and award-winning book designer as creative director for Sourcebooks – in addition to a couple of dozen other occupations. His writing has appeared in many places. His screenplays have won awards from Writer’s Digest. His first novel, “The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa?,” is available in print and e-book form from Amazon and local libraries.

Lou Holly grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has been a resident of Naperville since 2008. Holly spent most of his adult life self-employed, owning a band-booking agency in the 1980s and a limousine business in the 1990s. Past employment includes bodyguard and private driver for a Chicago-based actress and socialite. In the new millennium, he and wife, Liz, published the 1950s and 1960s nostalgia magazine Keep Rockin’, which had subscribers in all 50 states and 11 countries. Since his retirement, Holly has been writing novels. His crime novel, “Southside Hustle,” was published in 2016, and “Razorback” was released the following year, both published by The Book Folks. Visit

Elizabeth Russell is an author of fantasy and myth. She loves writing long epic tales and short fairy tales, reading aloud, and delving into great literature. Russell runs, which helps people approach, understand and enjoy the classics.

She and her brother recently started a new podcast, Literary Leviathans, where they go on a journey into the great works of literature and discuss their amateur but passionate readings. Her published novel, “Halfbreeds,” is available at Amazon and other online sites.

David Berner is a memoirist whose personal stories tell everyone’s stories. His memoirs reflect on collective relationships and how those experiences link people to the world they share. From stories of fathers and sons, to road trips, travel memoir, pets and music, Berner’s books are mirrors of the common human experience.

Storytelling has been a part of Berner’s life since his days as a young boy delivering The Pittsburgh Press newspaper. He began telling his own stories and the stories of others as a reporter for numerous radio stations, including freelance work at National Public Radio and more recently for CBS in Chicago. His reporting background has given birth to award-winning memoirs and novels based on his own experiences.​

He has been the writer-in-residence for the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida, where he was privileged to live and work at the Kerouac House for two-and-a-half months. He later was honored with the writer-in-residence position at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park.


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