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July 4, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Release

8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Huntersville, NC

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July 4, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Release


8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Huntersville, NC

October 1, 2019

Craven Fork Paperback/E-Book Release

8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Huntersville, NC

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October 1, 2019

Craven Fork Paperback/E-Book Release


8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Huntersville, NC

February 20, 2019

Book Reading/Signing

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Speckled Paw Coffee, Mt. Glead, NC

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February 20, 2019

Book Reading/Signing

John will be reading selected passages from his latest book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, discussing his writing process and answering audience questions. Books will be available for purchase at a special discounted price and John will gladly sign and personalize any of his books.

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Speckled Paw Coffee, Mt. Glead, NC

Speaking Topics

Square Foot Gardening

 One-hour seminar-style program teaches the basics of the Square Foot Gardening method pioneered by Mel Bartholomew. Learn how to grow more in less space, using less water and with less work.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region. 

Book Reading/Signing

Flexible-duration program with John Marek reading excerpts from his latest book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, offering humorous anecdotes about his writing process and taking audience questions.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

Rural Development 101

Half-hour presentation covers the basics of economic development best practices for rural and micropolitan communities. Excellent primer for EDO boards and elected officials, and a great way to kick off strategic planning. A longer-form presentation is also available and can be customized to community needs.  

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  The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region. 

Rural Entrepreneurship

Half-hour presentation demonstrates how rural communities can spark innovation and promote business start-ups through a variety of creative methods and explores different types of funding and incubation options for small business. A longer-form presentation is also available and can be customized to community needs.   

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

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