Dunkirk native returns to area for book signings

Dunkirk native Joann DJ Ehlman will be signing her self-published book “Como Coco The Journey” at three different local sites.

On Sunday she will be at Literacy Volunteer of Chautauqua County’s 21 East Book Store at 21 East Second Street in Dunkirk from 3 to 5 p.m. Those attending should park in the municipal parking lot and use the Washington Street entrance.

On Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. she will be at the Darwin R. Barker Library, 21 Day Street, Fredonia. The library will not be selling the book so those attending should bring a copy of the book.

On Wednesday, Ehlman will be at Angels of Hope Healing and Learning Center, 8 Park Place in Fredonia from 6 to 8 p.m.

The youngest of nine children, Ehlman was born in Dunkirk. She grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican home, raised by her parents, Julia and Victor De Jesus. Discipline, respect and faith guided Joann through many difficult times. After graduating from Dunkirk High School, Joann studied liberal arts at Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla. Joann traveled to New York City and became certified through interior refinery network as an interior decorator, then moved to Maryland. There, she met her husband and moved to North Carolina.

Shortly after Ehlman gave birth to her first daughter, her mother became terminally ill. It was during this ordeal that Joann experienced an urge to express latent feelings. After the birth of her second daughter, she and her family moved to Nashville, Tenn. Ehlman decided to pursue writing. This strong desire to tell her mother’s story evolved into a birthing of an honest, painful and tender memoir.

“After what seemed arduous at times; expressing my inner most painful thoughts, my true passion was manifest vis-a-vis my third baby: “Como Coco The Journey.”

For more about the author, visit her website www.comomcocothejourney or her Facebook page.

Her book can be purchased on line through both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book.