CLS: Hope & Determination

Find strength, inspiration, and education from speakers whose stories share hope and determination, even while faced with life’s difficult moments.


10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, July 7, Orchestra Hall | “From Brain Tumor to Bestselling Children’s Book Author”

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday, July 8, Orchestra Hall | “From Zero to Nine Million Copies Sold: An Insider Peek into the Publishing Industry”

At 9 years old, Marianne Richmond had her first epileptic seizure. There would be countless more until the cause was finally determined in her 20s: a benign brain tumor. Complicating her journey was her mother who, because of her own trauma, didn’t allow Richmond to have medication to control her seizures. It was during her recovery from brain surgery that she started painting cards for her well-wishers and wrote and self-published her first book. Since then, the prolific author has gone on to write and illustrate more than 70 titles and sell nine million copies of her beloved books that help people share their heart and connect with those they love. “I write for the unique everybody,” says Richmond. “Although our stories are different, our feelings are a lot the same.”

Many people want to write and publish a book. And yet, the publishing industry remains a mystery. Do I need an agent? Should I self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? How does a book go from idea to bookshelf? Who decides which books get seen? How do I make and sell books myself? In 1991, Marianne wrote, illustrated and self-published her first book. Two decades later, she has sold nine million copies of her 70+ books with front-row knowledge of how exactly it’s done. With self-publishing on the rise, too, there are even more ways to get your book from idea to market.  Come learn from Richmond, a self-made publishing success story.

A bestselling author, Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions over the past two decades through her children’s books that help people share their hearts and connect with those they love. Richmond started her publishing journey in her early 20s while recovering from brain surgery to remove a benign tumor, the cause of numerous childhood epileptic seizures. Bored and bald, she began painting simple thank-you cards to pass the time and wrote and self-published her first book. This creative diversion blossomed into a successful book publishing company she co-ran for 16 years with her husband, Jim. In 2010, Richmond closed her business and partnered with Sourcebooks Inc., the largest female-owned publisher in North America with whom she still works today. Her books are found worldwide, and she is a frequent speaker at schools, conferences, and events.


3:30 -5 p.m., Thursday, July 7, Orchestra Hall | “The Story of Dorothy Fuldheim”

To continue Lakeside’s Living History Series, actress Ellen Rooney will portray the remarkable life and career of Dorothy Fuldheim, a pioneer in television, a news broadcast journalist, commentator and author from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, July 7 in Orchestra Hall.

Fuldheim was a nightly presence on television in Northeast Ohio for an unbroken span of 47 years. As WEWS Channel 5’s resident news analyst, she offered a thoughtful nightly commentary on life, death and every aspect of human endeavor in between.

She interviewed presidential candidates, Hollywood stars, and is known as the only American journalist to have interviewed Adolf Hitler. She traveled the world, authored four books, married twice, and raised one daughter and granddaughter.

Ellen Rooney, PhD joined Women in History, a Cleveland area based non-profit corporation, in 2003. She portrays comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers, Mother of Modern Dance Isadora Duncan, Civil Rights martyr Viola Liuzzo, and Ohio historian Margret Manor Butler.

Dr. Rooney has worked in dance, theater and film in New York City, Los Angeles and Cleveland. She has master’s degree from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and a PhD in theater from Bowling Green State University. She is professional acting instructor and author of Memory Acting. Dr Rooney teaches acting at Cleveland State University Film School.

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Jul 07 - 08, 2022




Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

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