Gutenberg and the new year

LaCost at the Gutenberg museum, Mainz, Germany.

Johannes Gutenberg, as we all know, invented mechanical movable type, aka the printing press. His invention is one of the watershed moments in human development, every bit as significant as fire, the wheel, and computers. Without the printing press our advances in science and technology would have continued to stagnate. The Renaissance itself may well never have happened. Dissemination of information increases knowledge exponentially. 

It’s been said that the destruction of the Library of Alexandria set us back such that we could have gone to the moon 100 years sooner. Exaggeration, possibly? I would submit that without Gutenberg’s invention we might still be using horses and buggies, instead of unlocking the mysteries of time and space itself. As we usher in the new year it seems proper to remember how Mr. Gutenberg ushered in a new era for us.

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Holiday gifts

Ebook devices

With the holidays coming deciding on gifts can be, well, a bit of a pain. Books are easy and always a good choice.

Just a reminder that LaCost-The Evolution of Jason – ebook, is available at Amazon, or for only $2.99. Click on the ebook tab and an app that allows you to read it on any kindle or other e-reader, pad, computer, or smartphone is free.

LaCost paperback

For anyone who prefers a regular book, the paperback version of LaCost is available at for a 25% discount.

Again, I would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in LaCost. The feedback and encouragement have been more than I could have hoped for.

Here’s hoping the holidays are an absolutely terrific time for us all!

Author day

Patrick Rizio with LaCost at Indie Author day-Schaumburg Library

October 14th, Indie Author day, Schaumburg Library. What a blast!

Had the chance to “compare notes” with other authors, and talk with readers of all ages. It was a dark and rainy day, but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits. I cannot thank the Schaumburg Library enough for putting on this event. Well done! Can’t wait for next year.

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Indie Author Day

Author Patrick Rizio with
LaCost at the Schaumburg
Public Library

The Schaumburg Public Library is the second biggest in Illinois. It has an extensive array of programs for everyone from young to old. Honestly, it is a really cool place. Having LaCost on the New Sci-Fi shelf at the Schaumburg Library is, what can I say, humbling and terrific.

On October 14th from 11:AM until 1:PM they are hosting an Indie Author Day, showcasing local authors. Any readers who can, should drop by and check it out. It promises to be a great event. Hope to see you there!

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Autumn’s Living Library

Author Patrick Rizio at Autumn’s Living Library

I was proud to be one of the many authors chosen to participate in Autumn’s Living Library at McHenry County College on Oct. 6th. I had the chance to talk with readers passing by to check things out, and to chat with other authors. It was a terrific evening.

Events like this are venues to showcase and sell one’s books to be sure, but the interaction with the reading public and other authors is so valuable. One can hardly learn too much about one’s chosen craft! I’m looking very forward to coming back next year.

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