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.






  What's the Story? on Facebook, providing more photo writing prompts to inspire your creativity.





  Libby, the "world's wisest dog," is 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: @RealAmericanLib









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
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Make Common Sense Common Again
Exploring Current Events in the Age of Mass Confusion

This collection of essays focuses on our seemingly crazy politics and current events. Gentle wit, knowledge of the issues, and a highly tuned B.S. detector lift this book from being just another partisan rant to a literate and readable examination of our shared citizenship and humanity.

Click here to buy now on Amazon.

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The Alpha Dog Alphabet
Libby's third book is a collection of alphabet-based poems for children with more wonderful photos of Libby, the world's wisest dog.

“Libby is a star! If you’re looking for a charming way to teach the alphabet and happen to love adorable dogs, wit, and originality, look no further! This lovely book is the perfect gift for just about everyone I know.”  - Firoozeh Dumas, bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent.

 Click the "buy now" button to purchase The Alpha Dog Alphabet directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $15 including postage.

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I Like Sticks!
In the follow-up to the award-winning
Libby Speaks, Libby (the world's wisest dog) celebrates her love of sticks and gives a delightful lesson for readers of all ages about being yourself.

 Click here to listen to John talk about Libby's Books on the Bill Newman Show.

Click the "buy now" button to purchase I Like Sticks! directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $15 including postage.

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What's the Story?

50 Photographs and 1,000 Ideas to Inspire Creative Writing

The perfect cure for writer's block! Inspiring photos and intriguing ideas to stimulate your writing imagination.

Click the "buy now" button to purchase What's the Story? directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $15 including postage.

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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.

 Click the "buy now" button to purchase Libby Speaks directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $15 including postage.

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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.

Click the "buy now" button to purchase Tales of a Real American Liberal directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account
for $10 including postage.

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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.

Click the "buy now" button to purchase One Bite directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $10 including postage.


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

Winner of the Connecticut Green Circle Award; Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award

 Click the "buy now" button to purchase Loop Year directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $10 including postage.

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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)

Finalist for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award

 Click the "buy now" button to purchase Growing Up Mostly Normal in the middle of Nowhere directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $10 including postage.

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

Click the "buy now" button to purchase Saying My Name directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $10 including postage. (only 4 copies left)

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

Newly revised fourth
edition, published in
May 2016.

 Click the "buy now" button to purchase Shut Up and Speak! directly from the author using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account for $10 including postage.

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These books are also available on Amazon, but you can bypass more of the corporate vultures by purchasing here. Buying directly from the author is a secure payment method and a great way to support writers and free up storage space in the author's house!
 


John Sheirer (pronounced Shy-er) is a teacher and writer whose latest book Make Common Sense Common Again, a collection of essays focusing on our seemingly crazy politics and current events. Gentle wit, knowledge of the issues, and a highly tuned B.S. detector lift this book from being just another partisan rant to a literate and readable examination of our shared citizenship and humanity.

"John Sheirer brings an everyman's approach to any number of issues. Like reading your favorite comic strip first, John's columns take priority over everything else on the Op-Ed page, always making sharp and compelling points without resorting to the sledgehammer techniques of others." - Bob Flaherty, Morning Host, WHMP-96.9 FM, New England Radio Personality of the Year, 2015,  Author of novel Puff

He is also the author of, The Alpha Dog Alphabet, co-authored with his wonderful dog Libby. The book features alphabet poems accompanied by beautiful photos of Libby.


"Libby is a star! If you’re looking for a charming way to teach the alphabet and happen to love adorable dogs, wit, and originality, look no further! This lovely book is the perfect gift for just about everyone I know." - Firoozeh Dumas, bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent.


John's previous Libby book is I Like Sticks!, a book about Libby's love of sticks and a delightful lesson for readers of all ages about being yourself!

"For my next life I want to come back as Libby!" - Naomi Minogue, co-host of The Liberal Fix


John and Libby are also the authors of
the 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 with Libby, "How I Became a Canine Coauthor," on the great blog, Writers and Other Animals.

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John also recently authored a creative writing idea book, What's the Story? 50 Photographs and 1,000 Ideas to Inspire Creative Writing.

“What’s the Story? The story is this: John Sheirer serves up original and evocative photographs, thoughtful queries, and creative prompts–and he does it all with understated brilliance and his trademark good humor. This collection of sure-fire story-starters is a must-read for all writers in search of guidance and inspiration.” - Kate Whouley, author of Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words and Cottage for Sale, Must be Moved.

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 JohnMSheirer@gmail.com.

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