Fourth Annual Titanic Virtual Authors’ Conference Hosts the Stars in April Author, Peggy Wirgau

 The Fourth Annual Titanic Virtual Authors’ Conference will feature 5 authors and take place Saturday, June 18, from 10 AM – 3 PM. Childress Ink client, author Peggy Wirgau, will be speaking live from the Pigeon Forge Titanic Attraction and sharing her novel, The Stars in April.

Winner of the 2022 SCWC Notable Book Award for Outstanding Children’s/YA, The Stars in April is a fictionalized account of the true story of teen Titanic survivor and Michigander, Ruth Becker.

“We absolutely loved it,” says middle school teacher Carol Stathakis, at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham, MI. “Near the end, I was so teary that I had to hand off the read-aloud to a student while I regained my voice. After the final sentence was read, the class erupted in spontaneous applause.”

The Stars in April can also be enjoyed as an audiobook, beautifully narrated by voice actress Krystal Hammond, available now through Amazon Audible.

Southern Christian Writers Conference 2022 Notable Book Award in Children’s/Young Adult Category ~ Selah Award Finalist ~ Literary Titan Book Award ~ School Library Journal Starred Review ~ Page-Turner Award Finalist ~ Featured, MTL Magazine ~ Featured, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC ~ Cover of the Week, Cover Wars ~ Girls’ Life “Must-Read,” April/May 2021 ~ Book-of-the-Month, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) ~ Iron Stream Media Featured Book and Author, Fall Christian Product Expo 2021 ~ Featured Book and Speaker, Titanic Conference 2021 (#TitanicCon), Titanic Museum Attraction, Pigeon Forge TN.

Author Bio:

A Michigan native, Peggy Wirgau now lives in Delray Beach, Florida. She loves bringing history to life for readers. She has written for Appleseeds, Insight, Learning Through History, and contributed to Why? Titanic Moments by Yvonne Lehman. Her blog features in-depth Titanic stories, and her followers include descendants of the ship’s real-life victims and survivors.

A graduate of Michigan State University and George Mason University, Peggy is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Great Lakes Titanic Connection. She loves to travel, especially to New York City and Mackinac Island, Michigan, where she explores historical sites. Peggy is also a Registered Nurse. She and her husband have two adult children and one grandson. To learn more visit

The Stars in April, by Peggy Wirgau, IlluminateYA Fiction/Iron Stream Media ISBN: 9781645263074 (HC) 781645263067 (SC)

Peggy Wirgau is available for speaking engagements and interviews.

For an author Q and A or press-related inquiries, please contact Kim McCulla at

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IWA’s Fourth AGM and Book Launch of the Third Anthology Written by IWA Members

 The fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Immigrant Writers Association (IWA/AEI)

The official launch of IWA’s 2021 anthology, Moving Forward.

“What does moving forward mean to you?” is the question IWA members got asked. And this inspiring anthology is the result! The ten chapters (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) will encourage you to rethink the meaning of home, to stay strong in front of adversity, to jump into the void and learn from it, to love and thrive despite the differences, to redefine tough times as seeds for a better future,… and more.

Canadian immigrants, the anthology co-authors have roots and have worked in several countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Romania, DR Congo, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, United States, Caribbean island of St. Kitts, France, and Russia.

Such journeys have opened their minds to diverse ideas, perspectives, and cultures—which is reflected in their writing. This is the third book in the anthology series published by IWA and written by its members.

After Building Bridges (first anthology) and Grow Together (the second), it seemed natural to us to think about… Moving Forward.

Event agenda:

6:30 pm – 7 pm: IWA’s Annual General Meeting

7:00 pm – 8 pm: Book Launch (readings, draw, and other surprises)

Come celebrate with Immigrant Writers Association and meet the Moving Forward co-authors.

For non-IWA members who want to participate only at the book launch, you can join the meeting at 7:00 pm.

All IWA’s anthologies—Building Bridges (2019), Grow Together (2020), and Moving Forward (2021)—are available on Amazon:

The Zoom link will be sent to you by email two days prior to the event.

Immigrant Writers Association

Emanuel Petrescu




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Hong Kong – Fourth batch of CoronaVac vaccines arrive in Hong Kong

Fourth batch of CoronaVac vaccines arrive in Hong Kong


     A new batch (the fourth) of about 800 000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine has been delivered to Hong Kong from Beijing today (October 4). Soon after the arrival of the vaccines, staff carried out stringent checking and inspection on the vaccines in accordance with established procedures to ensure that they comply with the product specifications and that the transportation process follows the relevant cold-chain requirements.

     The Government has launched the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated. Details of the programme can be found at the designated website (