City native to sign copies of her books

Jen Barton, a Williamsport native who now resides in Rocklin, Calif., will sign copies of her books from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 28 at Otto Book Store, 107 W. Fourth St.

Barton is the author of the young adult novel, “Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell,” and the silly children’s book, “If Chocolate Were Purple.”

Barton earned an honorable mention in the 2012 Southern California Book Festival with “Fiona” and also was named first runner-up in the America’s Next Author contest for her short story, “Movin’ On Up.”

Barton’s books are available on her website,, or on Amazon and will be available for purchase at Otto Bookstore, too.

Barton also will appear on Good Day PA on ABC Dec. 30.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Millersville University. She was born in Williamsport and spent most of her life on the East Coast before moving to California in 2007 with her husband and now teenage daughter.

She is the daughter of David and Deb Damaska, Loyalsock Township, and Joyce and Ray Danneker, York, and the granddaughter of Sally Johns, Montoursville; Barb and Jim Greenway, Montoursville; and Wilma and Ray Danneker, Williamsport.