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Local Author to Read at Bell Tower Festival

A local author will bring his short stories to the Bell Tower Festival with three story-telling events scheduled.

Raymond Grant Sims, creator of an ongoing series about the "Nearthlings", will tell his stories Friday evening, June 7, at the courthouse, and then at 9:30 a.m and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, in the lower level of the Sierra Community Theatre. Sims will sell and sign his books for Festival-goers at his Festival booth. The books are illustrated by Anthony "Tony" Sims of Dana.

The home of the Nearthlings is called Eerie. One of the books, "Moonscraper: The Legend of Dan Near", tells the story of the first monster in space. On Nearth many years ago, the friendly monsters had a milk crisis. Since they needed chocolate milk and mac 'n' cheese, they sought a new source of cheese. Their solution: the moon. The only monster brave enough to go: Dan Near.

"The Nearthling" is a series of short stories for all ages. Sims' books are designed to entertain, inspire and enlighten. Written "in the same vein as the classic Fat Albert show", the stories emphasize the value of accepting others for who they are, not who you want them to be. Though they are about monsters, the humorous tales teach important life lessons, hidden just under the surface . . . inside the stories. They are also designed to be read to a very young audience who can follow along with the G-rated stories while being engrossed in the pictures. The series follows the Bagabones family, but each volume introduces many new, interesting and intriguing characters who help make up the world of Nearth. Sims plans to publish three or four regular issues and one or two special editions every year. Unique children's picture books are designed for ages 2 to 8 years.

Sims also plans to offer merchandise of all types, including stickers, toys, wall vinyls, greeting cards, clothing and more.
Article Published: 05-01-2013