2019 Local Authors Expo: Meet Joyce Brooks, Author of Shift Happens

Joyce E. Brooks will be at the 2019 Local Authors Expo Saturday, November 2, at Five Points West Library
What: 2019 Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Expo
When: Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Where: Five Points West Regional Branch Library
About the author: Joyce E. Brooks of Hoover, Ala., is an author, mother, international speaker, and two-time cancer survivor. She has written six books:
Mr. Brown, Will You Please Open the Door?
Self-Inflicted Overload
Stress Less and Live More: 52 Tips for Living Fully
The Power of Two Words- A Little Motherly Advice
It Ain’t Over

Over the past decade, Joyce E. Brooks of Hoover, Alabama, has used the power of the pen as a coping mechanism and as a means to give words of encouragement to others. A mother, international speaker, and two-time cancer survivor, Brooks has penned six books on topics such as dealing with stress, overcoming the unexpected death of her husband, and battling cancer.

In her latest book, SHIfT HAPPENS, Brooks invites the reader to follow her journey from celebrating 10 years being cancer free to days later being diagnosed with breast cancer—again.

Come meet Brooks and other writers participating in the Birmingham Public Library 2019 Local Authors Expo on Saturday, November 2, at the Five Points West Library. The free event, being held between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., will feature several authors selling and autographing books, and talking about their writing process.

Authors, publishers, and literary organizations interested in participating will find a registration form and more information here.

SHIfT Happens is a compilation of Brooks’ thoughts, emotions, highs and lows as well as the scriptures she embraced to strengthen her along the journey.

"Writing offered me an opportunity to find purpose in the midst of the unexplainable and the unexpected,” Brooks said. “I hope my words will encourage and awaken a desire in others to live each day to the fullest, to never give up and find strength and peace in God's word."

If you have been touched by cancer, a dreaded illness or unexpected tragedy – or have walked through a tunnel of uncertainty – there is always light at the end, in the middle and every step you take. When challenges occur, it’s time to shift because “it still ain’t over,” Brooks said.

"It Ain't Over" is a mantra Brooks lives by, and is the title of her book she wrote in 2014 after her husband, Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks, died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

In 2018, Brooks wrote her first children’s book, Mr. Brown: Can You Open the Door.