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Virtual Panel: ROCK READS II: Musicians on Books, with Lehigh Valley Musicians

October 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Please join us in a special virtual discussion- Rock Reads II-for the Easton Book Festival with local musicians, talking about the books they read and if these books have had an influence on their music and creative careers. This talk will help viewers see a different side of some local favorites, with this candid talk on biographies, music heroes, history written (or rewritten), and all things books and music. Moderated by Lynn Alexander, featuring musicians Chris Cummings, Jason Hedrington, Cheryl Moritz, and Shane Nicholas.

Shane Nicholas 

Born into a farming family and raised on the East Coast, Shane Nicholas began playing guitar at age ten. He has been a working musician since his teens, playing in various types of bands doing everything from Hank Williams to The Beatles to Black Sabbath, as well as original music. After high school, he worked for over a decade at Dave Phillips Music in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Following this extensive tenure in the retail space, he began his dream job at Fender Musical Instruments—where his experience in sales, service, performing and teaching informed his daily work. He started seeing the world as a Product Training manager, working his way up to various Product Development Director roles on the Fender Amplifier team.

A 25-year veteran of Fender, Shane oversaw the conception, development, promotion, and life cycle management of the world’s best-selling guitar and bass amplifiers. He helped to develop and launch many different types of products, from professional vacuum tube amps and artist models to the world’s first WiFi-equipped guitar amplifier. He’s even listed as a contributor on a U.S. Patent. He retired in 2022.

Nicholas loves the outdoors and has explored vast amounts of the American Southwest. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys sightseeing in his Jeep, hiking, camping and kayaking with his wife. A lifelong guitarist and singer, he occasionally finds time to play with various rock bands in the Phoenix area.

E. Lynn Alexander

E. Lynn Alexander poetry reading at Easton Book Festival October 2022A New York native, E.Lynn Alexander has lived in Easton, Pennsylvania for several years. She is the founder and editor of an independent micro-press and is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Flesh Made Widow and Prologue to Mariamne and has recently released a volume of poems through Naked Bulb Press called The Shouldspeak Disease, in which her poems confront the language of shame and “should” judgments and the ways they mingle with our inner voice, rendered critical, and diminishing.