Alex Shaland Presents Writers Workshop on October 19

Add about Alex Shaland's presentation on October 19.

Please join Alex Shaland for this all ages writers workshop at the Coventry Branch of Heights Libraries! 

Alex will also share adventures from his book, “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari: A Story of One Little Penguin who Wanted to Meet the Wild Animals of Africa.”

Coventry Branch Library Address: 1925 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Date and Time: October 19, 2023; 6:30 – 7:30 PM 

Link to the event on the Library Website


Come to Loganberry’s Kids & Illustrated Literature Show

Loganberry Books store

On September 9, 2023, Loganberry Books Presents Children’s and illustrated books by local authors at an annual event.

Date: September 9, 2023

Time: 12 pm-4:00 pm

Place:   Loganberry Books,    13015 Larchmere Blvd.  Shaker Hts., OH 44120
Phone: 216.795.9800

Among many other children’s book authors, Alex Shaland will be showcasing his new book “Jackie the Penguin Goes to Madagascar.” In addition, Alex’s previous book from the Adventures of Jackie the Penguin series “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” will be on display.

See you and your kids or grandkids at the event!

You can review my books at Amazon:

Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” —

Jackie the Penguin Goes to Madagascar” — 

Alex Shaland


Alex Shaland hold his book Jackie the Penguin Goes to Madagascar

Author Alex Shaland Talks with Children About Writing and His Book

Alex Shaland

Join Cleveland author Alex Shaland, for a presentation about what it is like being a writer and about his book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari.”

Event Date: Thursday, March 23

Event Time: 4:00 PM -4:45 PM.

An in-person event at the Beachwood Branch Library

25501 Shaker Boulevard / Beachwood, OH 44122-2306. p 216.831.6868

This presentation is for 2-5 grade students and their parents. Younger children are welcome as part of the attending family.

Please register for this free event on the Beachwood Library website:

If your child would like to read Alex’s book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” before or after the event, copies of his book can be purchased at Amazon

  or put on hold through the library catalog: CCPL’s catalog.

Alex Shaland and his children's book
Alex Shaland and his children’s book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari.”

Storytelling with Photos

Alex Shaland and lemur

The Cleveland Photo Fest Presents:
A free in-person presentation “Storytelling with Photos”

Presented by: Alex Shaland

Date and Time:  December 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Location:  Bostwick Design Art Initiative Building, 2731 Prospect Rd, Cleveland, OH 44115 (Parking at East Side of Building)

Alex Shaland is a travel photographer and the author of two adventure books: “Suburbanites on Safari” and “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari.” In this entertaining presentation he will explain how his life-long passions for travel photography and creative writing merged into his published books.

Alex and his wife Irene explored more than 80 countries around the world. This presentation features many images he took during their travels. The emphasis is on photography used in their books. Three of Irene’s five books are richly illustrated with Alex’s photographs. In two of his own books, his creative writing and images help Alex to tell an entertaining and engaging story.

Irene’s and Alex’s books will be on display. Founders of the GTA Books publishing company, Irene and Alex will be delighted to share their experience with anybody interested in writing and publishing a book of their own.

Alex Shaland and his children's book

About Alex Shaland

Alex Shaland started his writing career in the 1990s, contributing articles and book chapters for several Penton Publishing periodicals and other publications. In addition to his own writing, he collaborated as an editor and photographer with his wife, Irene Shaland, in producing four books and articles published in numerous magazines in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and East Africa.

Alex’s photographs have appeared in over 20 print publications and online sources including Holiday Magazine (France/U.K.), The Boston Forward, Tikkun, ZEEK, Diarna Digital Heritage Mapping, Hackwriters(U.K.), IMAGE Magazine, ROMAR Travel, Design World Magazine and other journals printed in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Korea, and Kenya. Alex had several solo travel photography shows and participated in group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Ohio.

Following his first adventure book for adults “Suburbanites on Safari,” Alex’s children’s book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” was published in May of 2022.

Learn more about Alex Shaland and Alex Shaland Books: “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” and “Suburbanites on Safari.”

Image of Alex and lemur courtesy of Anatoly Zaydes.

Irene and Alex Shaland Present Their Books at Author Alley

Irene Shaland and Books

Irene Shaland and Alex Shaland will present their books at the Loganberry Books Author Alley annual event on Saturday, August 20th, 2022 between 12:00 noon and 4:00 PM.

Event Location: 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Hts., Ohio

Here is the Event Page on the Loganberry Books website: Click here to view the event info.

Irene Shaland presents her latest book “Shaland’s Jewish Travel Guide to Malta and Corsica: A Trusted Travel Companion for the Jewish History Explorer” and her previous book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Tales of Jewish Diaspora, Persecution, the Holocaust and Rebirth in Europe, Africa and Asia

Alex Shaland presents his latest book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari: A Story of One Little Penguin Who Wanted to Meet the Wild Animals of Africa” and his previous book “Suburbanites on Safari: Chasing Lions and Giraffes in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Alex Shaland and his children's book

Learn more about Irene Shaland and Alex Shaland

Author Alley is an annual event organized by the Loganberry Books bookstore. This even showcases books written by the local authors. 

Barbara Miller’s Review of Suburbanites on Safari


“Are you ready for a wildlife adventure in southern Africa? Not sure where to start? What a wonderful travel guide “Suburbanites on Safari” is! Indispensable. Incredible photography and written in an engaging manner. Even if you’re not going on safari and want to look through a window (safely from your armchair) into the amazing animal world of lions, giraffes etc, this book will have you riveted. Ever wonder why the king of the jungle will let you get up close and personal in a car without attacking you? Or will they pounce at half a chance? Read this book and find out.” Barbara Miller, author of “The European Quest to Find Terra Australis Incognita: Quiros, Torres and Janszoon.”

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