John Sheirer
Where's John?

Speaking Events: John does presentations for organizations and school groups. See where he's speaking and find information about how to bring him to your event.

Libby Speaks on Facebook.

Real American Liberal: John blogs about politics and current events from an unapologetically liberal perspective.

Facebook: John's book Tales of a Real American Liberal has an active and interesting Facebook page. Come "like" it for updates about the book and current events.

Twitter: John is just getting started on Twitter @RealAmericanLib, so be patient as he figures out how it works.

One-Screen Stories: John edits a very short story (less than 250 words) web site. Send him a micro-story!

Asnuntuck Community College: John's employer and home away from home.

John's Books

Libby Speaks
The Wit and Wisdom of the World's Wisest Dog

Wise words and cute dog photos ... who could ask for more?

Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the International Book Award.

Loop Year John's book about politics and current events, Tales of a Real American Liberal, is now available!

Click here for a video preview of the book.

Loop YearJohn's first book of fiction, One Bite: Stories for Short Attention Spans, Stolen Moments, and Busy Lives, is now available!

Click here to read/listen to a sample story from the book.

Loop Year
Loop Year (a memoir of hiking the same trail every day for a year)

Winner of the Connecticut Green Circle Award

Growing Up Mostly Normal in the Middle of Nowhere
Growing Up Mostly Normal in the Middle of Nowhere (a memoir of growing up on a small farm)

Saying My Name
Saying My Name (poetry for people who don't necessarily like poetry)

Shut Up and Speak
Shut Up and Speak! (a guidebook for surviving public speaking)

Newly revised third
edition, published by
Veracity Press in
August 2013

John Sheirer (pronounced Shy-er) is the author the new book, Libby Speaks, an award-winning collection of photos and bite-sized wisdom from Libby, the world's wisest dog.

We all know that dogs have a special wisdom that makes them among the most beloved creatures on earth. Libby Speaks provides a rare look into one miraculous canine mind as Libby, a happy and lovable Border Terrier, gives us her gift of insight about life's mysteries. John Sheirer's stunning photographs provide the perfect backdrop for Libby to share her wit and wisdom with readers young, old, and every age in between.

“Sit! Listen! Libby Speaks! ... and she's one of the wisest four-legged gurus going. Kudos to both man and beast for the inspiration and images sure to brighten and enlighten any reader's day.”

- Suzanne Strempek Shea, bestselling author of Sundays in America

Read John's essay about writing Libby Speaks, "How I Became a Canine Coauthor," on the great blog, Writers and Other Animals.

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John is also the author of several other books, including 2012's Tales of a Real American Liberal, exploring politics and current events from an unapologetically patriotic liberal perspective, the 2011 short story collection One Bite, the 2008 memoir Loop Year: 365 Days on the Trail, which received the Connecticut Green Circle Award for environmental activism, as well as the 2005 memoir Growing Up Mostly Normal in the Middle of Nowhere, a finalist for the Sante Fe Writers Project Literary Award.

He teaches English and Communications at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where he has been honored multiple times by Who's Who Among America's Teachers and recently received the Distinguished Service and Educational Excellence Award.

John lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wonderful wife Betsy (Barone) Sheirer and their very cute dog Libby, who is now an author herself. John can be reached at

If you're looking for an entertaining and insightful event speaker, check out John's events page.
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